Willie Velásquez: Su Voz

A Plática
Thu, May 16 |
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Willie Velasquez: Su VozJoin us for a compelling plática honoring the legacy of William C. Velásquez, a pivotal figure in shaping the history of Latino and Hispanic participation in the American voting process. Discover the man behind the movement as we delve into his life and contributions beyond his renowned work in voting rights and the founding of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP). This year holds special significance, commemorating what would have been Velasquez's 80th birthday and the 50th anniversary of SVREP’s founding, making this plática a poignant tribute to his enduring influence.


Teresa Niño, UTSA Vice President for University Relations


  • Jane Velásquez, Voting Rights Activist and Willie Velasquez's wife
  • María Antonietta Berriozábal, Former San Antonio City Councilwoman, Activist, Author
  • Dora Olivo, Former Texas House of Representative
  • Anthony Gonzalez, Mexican American Studies teacher at Marshall High School and 
    winner of the 2022 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award from Humanities Texas

Additionally, UTSA Special Collections will curate a pop-up exhibit for the evening showcasing photographs, memorabilia, and clippings concentrating on the life, mission, and accomplishments of Velásquez throughout his life. The exhibit will focus on the man outside the organization that was his life's work.

Attendees will gain insight, inspiration, and a deeper understanding of Velásquez's lasting impact on American society. Antojitos y bebidas will accompany a Tequila toast to close out the evening.

UTSA Downtown Campus
Buena Vista Theater
501 W César E Chávez Blvd

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