Lift Every Voice

Friday, October 16th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

VIP Happy Hour 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Celebrate the extraordinary literary gifts of the one-and-only Cary Clack by joining Gemini Ink for our first-ever, virtual gala.

An award-winning journalist, Clack was the first African-American to join the San Antonio Express-News editorial board in 1998 and has been breaking barriers ever since with his candid, penetrating, and approachable commentaries on San Antonio life and the critical questions of our times.

Gather with our honorary co-chairs Aaronetta Pierce, our city’s first lady Erika Prosper, and KSAT’s Steve Spriester as we honor the resonant, unforgettable San Antonio citizen Cary Clack has been and continues to be with his weekly columns. And don’t miss a special appearance by Mayor Ron Nirenberg as he bestows a special honor upon Cary Clack.

We will be also spotlighting Jim LaVilla-Havelin as our teaching artist of the year with his life-changing work with youth through the literary arts.

Award for Literary Excellence

Cary Clack

Honorary Co-Chairs

Aaronetta Pierce and Erika Prosper, First Lady of San Antonio

Inkstravaganza Committee

Kim Abernethy, Pam Duesing, Lisha Garcia, Clarice Golightly-Jenkins, Maria Stevenson Greene, Jean Hackett, Tuesdae Knight, Cassandra Parker-Nowicki, Patricia Portales, Naomi Shihab Nye, Rebecca Smith, Alexandra van de Kamp


Steve Spriester, KSAT Anchor


Rick Casey

About Cary Clack

Cary Clack was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He is a graduate of St. Gerard High School and St. Mary’s University from where he received a B.A. in Political Science. As a Scholar-Intern at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Clack wrote CNN commentaries for Coretta Scott King. Until 1995, he’d return to the King Center to teach workshops on nonviolence to high school and college students. Throughout his career, he has also taught nonviolence on college campuses, including Texas A&M and the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse as well as in local high schools and community centers. His TED Talk, recorded in 2013, is, “The Man Who Talked to Martin: A Blues Plea for Nonviolence.”

An achievement of Clack’s was becoming the first African-American on the San Antonio Express-News Editorial Board in 1998. He was an Express-News columnist between 1994-2011. When he left the paper in 2011, he’d won, for six consecutive years, the San Antonio Current’s Reader’s Choice poll for Best Columnist in the city and, for three years in a row, the San Antonio Magazine’s Editors’ and Readers’ Choice Polls for Best Columnist. Clack left the paper to join Joaquin Castro’s first congressional campaign, later serving as Rep. Castro’s district director. Later, he worked in Mayor Ivy Taylor’s office as communications director and spent four years with Merced Housing Texas.

Clack has been published in The New York Times, Texas Monthly, Texas Observer, and Texas Highways Magazine, among other places. His work has been anthologized in Literary San Antonio (Wings Press); Black is the Color of Strength; and 300 Years of San Antonio and Bexar County. His collection of columns, Clowns and Rats Scare Me, was published by Trinity University Press in 2009. Among his journalism awards, Clack has won the Dallas Press Club Award for Best General Columnist (1997), and the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library’s Arts and Letters Award for writing. In 2017 he was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. He is currently editing what will be the first anthology of black Texas writers. The book will be published as part of the Wittliff Collections’ book series through Texas A&M University Press. In December 2019, Cary Clack rejoined the San Antonio Express-News team as an editorial writer and Sunday columnist.

Join our pre-event VIP Zoom Happy Hour and get a top-notch mixology lesson as you make our signature cocktail, “Let’s Cary On,” catch up with old and new friends, and mingle with Cary Clack, our featured Emcee, and our Honorary Co-Chairs.

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Maya Angelou
12 tickets to our virtual Inkstravaganza with premier sponsor  benefits

James Baldwin
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Toni Morrison
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Nikki Giovanni
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Langston Hughes
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John Lewis
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Thank you to Our 2020 Inkstravaganza Sponsors & Donors!

Lyn Belisle

Kristen and Rick Casey

Pam Deusing

Lisa Fichtel

Elizabeth & David Friedman

Maria Stevenson Greene &

Clarice GoLightly-Jenkins

Sarah Harte

Paul Martin

John Newman Family Charitable Fund

Patricia Pratchett

Judge Bonnie Reed & Stu Schlossberg

The Smothers Foundation

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