May 8, 2012
A digital children’s book that chronicles the life of legendary voting rights activist Willie Velásquez will be previewed at 6 p.m. todayat Bihl Haus Arts, 2803 Fredericksburg Road.
“The Boy Made of Lightning,” which will be published Sept. 16 on iTunes for the iPad, Android and iPod, is described as an interactive pop-up book that marries the text and illustrations of books with music, photos,
Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Childrens-biography-of-Willie-Velasquez-gets-3540827.php#ixzz1xLSQEVSu
Mercedes Olivera, Dallas Morning News
Children’s book project introduces voting rights pioneer to new Latino generation
Ask any student from kindergarten through college about Willie Velásquez, and you’ll probably get a blank stare.
A new generation of Latinos knows nothing about the man who had a historic impact on Latino political participation in the U.S. The San Antonio native, who died in 1988, founded the Southwest
*ONE NIGHT ONLY: Tuesday, May 8, 7 pm @ Bihl Haus Arts*
May 8 is National Teacher’s Day <http://www.nea.org/grants/1359.htm>, and
May 9th would have been the 68th birthday of Voting Rights legend Willie
Velasquez <http://www.wcvi.org/wcvbio.htm>, from San Antonio, who died in
1988 at the age of forty-four. Yet, few children or their parents know who
he was and how he changed the world. In these times, when voter rights are
again under attack, it’s important that we learn about Willie’s struggle
and commemorate his life.
In his honor and to *help teachers* examine the great stories of heroes and
heroines in San Antonio, Bihl Haus Arts is proud to exhibit original
illustrations by artist *Deborah Kuetzpal Vasquez* from the new pop-up
ibook *”The Boy Made of Lightning: The Willie Velasquez
journey through a child’s lens about how a boy sets out to
change the world. Author *Barbara Renaud Gonzalez* will also read from the ,
book, and guests will be treated to a sneak-peek of the book’s amazing
Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez is best known for her riveting installations of
women and *cultura*. She is also the principal visual artist in a
groundbreaking venture by a San Antonio team, led by author Barbara Renaud
Gonzalez, of artists and geeks, who are creating a series of children’s
stories filled with color, sound, images, photography, video, about the
lives of marginalized Tejan@s.