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‘When I Rise’ — The Inspirational Story of Barbara Smith Conrad Comes to Tyler


It is not often that Tyler gets such a great event that can help change the world. ‘When I Rise’ is the documentary experience Tyler has been waiting for. The story of Barbara Smith Conrad will change your mind. 

Tyler’s Apex Theater will be presenting four showings of this amazing documentary that will warm your heart and inspire your life.

“A gifted black music student at the University of Texas is thrust into a civil rights strom that changes her life forever. Barbara Smith Conrad is cast in an opera to co-star with a white male classmate, fueling a racist backlash from members of the Texas legislature. When Barbara is expelled from the cast, the incident escalates to national news, promoting unexpected support from a pop superstar.
This small-town girl, whose voice and spirit stem from her roots in East Texas, emerges as an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano and headlines on stages around the world.” 

Winning more film awards than can be counted on two hands, this documentary has impressed the world with its inspirational story of forgiveness.

The citizens of Tyler have a special chance to view with film with one of the people that helped make it happen. Executive producer, Dan Carleton, will be in attendance for opening weekend. He has graciously agreed to have a Q&A with the audience after the viewing. What a great chance to speak with an award winning film producer!

Do not miss this amazing experience. April 26 and 27 along with May 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. will be your chances to come to this amazing event.

For more information check out the theater’s Facebook.

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