About This Project

A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF EACH OTHER

The Black population of San Antonio is only 7%, yet it hosts the largest MLK march in the nation. Additionally, 63% of our citizens are Hispanic, making us a majority-minority city. Many perceive San Antonio to be culturally enlightened and highly evolved.

Is it?
The purpose of this project is to shine a light on today’s reality, what it’s like to be a Black man or boy in San Antonio, and to help bring about a better understanding of each other as a community. “Living in My Skin” features over 30 oil-on-linen portraits by Lionel Sosa of Black men, ages 10 to 90, as well as a two-part film documentary which premiers on PBS station KLRN in February 2021 during Black History Month.
The series can be streamed at the KLRN streaming site.

Presenting Sponsors
Valero Energy Foundation
Bank of America

The Exhibit

PORTRAITS • VIDEOS • STORIES

Watch the documentary on KLRN

Click to watch. Thirty-three Black males, ranging in age from 10 to 90, tell stories they seldom share with people outside their race. This two-part series aims to create a deeper understanding of race relations in our community, and foster a deeper cultural understanding of each other’s lives and feelings.

VIEW THE ONLINE EXHIBIT

“We wear the mask that grins and lies. It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes.”

PAUL LAWRENCE DUNBAR, 1896
“The prejudice against the Negro reverses the precedence of law, and everyone accused is looked on as guilty until he is proven innocent.”
PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR, 1900
“I am the mother of sorrows. I am the ender of grief.”
PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR, 1900

PRESENTING SPONSORS

Valero Energy Foundation
Bank of America

UNITY SPONSORS

Accenture
SPURS Give

DIVERSITY SPONSOR

Linda and Edward Speed

EQUITY SPONSOR

PwC

INCLUSION SPONSORS

Frost Bank
Kiolbassa Smoked Meats
Terracina Family Foundation
United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County

PARTNERS