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SAISD is as diverse and historically rich as the city whose name it shares. As San Antonio’s founding school district, SAISD neighborhood schools have served the heart of the Alamo City for more than 100 years. Today, SAISD serves about 49,000 students across more than 90 schools in our culturally proud, urban community. From forward-thinking academic and extracurricular programs at our neighborhood schools to a growing list of specialized schools, SAISD students can customize their own educational experience and find what truly drives them. Learn more about SAISD here.
Edison High School needs your help! Current student Rogelio Zamarripa Jr. created a custom pair of Vans shoes based on the theme "Hometown Pride" and entered them into the Vans Custom Culture High School contest. His shoes have made it into the next round and the winning school will receive $50,000!! Voting is easy! You just need an email address and you can vote every day until May 7. CLICK HERE and vote for Rogelio's shoe design.read moreBy Dr. Ricardo Romo, Fox Tech class of '62. This article was originally published on Dr. Romo's blog. Lionel Sosa, Lanier class of '57, has been painting almost non-stop since last summer when he decided he would join others who wanted to see racial justice a reality. A retired CEO of a highly successful Hispanic marketing firm, Sosa has been painting portraits, mostly of ordinary people, cowboys, blue-collar workers, entertainers, and such, for much of the past ten years. Sosa assumed a new artistic purpose in June of 2020, when he came upon a poster that stated: “You can’t be anti-racist, unless you’re actively anti-racist.” At that moment, Sosa decided to paint a representation of Black men and boys from the San Antonio community with the aim of giving “better understanding of each other as a community.” San Antonio Artist Lionel Sosa with one of his 33 portraits: “Living in My Skin” project. Sosa’s artistic project, “Living in My Skin-Black Men in San Antonio Tell Their Story” will be featured on PBS station KRLN in February 2021 during Black History Month. His 33 subjects, whom he has painted in oil-on linen, range in age from 10 to 90 and include ordinary Black citizens, retired military officers, and a Chief of San Antonio’s Fire Department. They came to his studio wearing a favorite cap or hat, a special tie or bow tie, or a formal suit or colorful T-shirt. In each portrait, he brilliantly captures a particular look, a mood, an emotion, a curiosity, an air of confidence. The need for greater understanding of one another in San Antonio and elsewhere in America seemed to resonate with many, Blacks, Whites, Latinos, and Asians in the aftermath of the horrific murder of George Floyd by a white police officer in May 2020. Millions, spurred by the viewing of a nine minute video of Floyd’s senseless choking, marched in every city of America, as well as in major cities of Western Europe. The marchers represented all races and ethnicities and many held handmade placards calling for racial justice and an end to police killings. Demonstrators in some Western cities, such Portland, Oregon, were largely white, including many from the suburbs. Robert Melvin II, 10 year-old student at Keystone School. “San Antonian through and through” The marches were not a surprise to many Black writers and social critics. he talented and astute observer of Black America, Ta-Nehisi Coates, noted to a Princeton audience: “There’s a way in which certain people take too much comfort in progress...For instance, we can have progress for the rest of American history and black people could still be unequal.” The majority of the demonstrations were peaceful, although some turned violent. While the Constitution gives every American a right to demonstrate and voice grievances, that right was denied to peaceful demonstrators one afternoon in Lafayette Park in Washington D.C. on June 1, 2020. Their peaceful protest turned violent when a score of “federal agents” turned a calm event into one of chaos. Men and women, young and old, and mothers with young children were chased off the park with pepper spray in order to give President Donald Trump his public space across the street for a promotion photo op. Lionel Sosa portrait. “Black Men in San Antonio tell their stories.” All of Sosa’s “Living in My Skin” subjects are residents of San Antonio, many native to the city, as is Sosa. The Eastside, where the majority of the city’s Black population had traditionally lived, was also home for a time to Sosa’s immigrant grandmother, Cristina Sosa. She emigrated from Mexico in the mid-1920s when the country was saddled with violence and political turmoil following the twilight years of the Mexican Revolution. Her son Roberto, Lionel’s dad, helped his mother make ends meet by taking in laundry for the neighbors. In the mid 1930s, the Sosa family moved to the Westside of San Antonio, a place where Cristina Sosa earned extra money as a midwife. Her son Roberto continued in the laundry business and opened his business on Commerce Street in the heart of the Prospect Hill commercial sector. Lionel Sosa and his brother Robert were born in the back family section of the laundry. Lionel is a proud graduate of Lanier High School and remains active with the alumni group. He is a generous donor to their scholarship programs. Lionel Sosa portrait. “Black Men in San Antonio tell their stories.” Today, Lionel and his wife Kathy, also an accomplished artist and author, spend their time in their studio on Lavaca street in San Antonio’s Southtown. Together they worked on the publication of “The Children of the Revolution: How the Mexican Revolution Changed America”  More recently, Kathy Sosa has published with Trinity Press, “Revolutionary Women” which she describes as a celebration of “the women of early Texas and Mexico who refused to walk a traditional path.” The Sosas both love to paint and write. Their path reminds us all of Ta-Nehisi Coates' words .“Doing what you love will lead to change,” adding that in seeking change, “ultimately, the answer is within you.” ========================================================================= Read alumni updates here and submit your own! Join SAISD for free or at a Giving Level to support students and teachers in San Antonio ISD.read more