When I Rise

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  • About the Film

    Barbara Smith Conrad is pictured in a portrait from her time as a student at the University of Texas.

    A gifted black opera student at the University of Texas is thrust into a civil rights storm that changes her life forever.


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  • Video Extras

    A yellowed newspaper clipping dated 1957 displays the headline ’Opera Incident’ Ignites University Controversy’.

    View extended clips about the proud musical history of Center Point, Texas; an interview with Bud Mimms, editor of the student newspaper during the “opera incident”; and an interview with Barbara Smith Conrad about the importance of arts education in schools.

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  • Talkback

    Barbara Smith Conrad looks up at the camera with a modest smile.

    Have you ever been the object of discrimination? Have you ever stood up for someone who was being discriminated against? How did you handle it? Share your stories with other viewers in our Talkback section.

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