CIS Partners with Houston Grand Opera (HGO) and Baker Botts LLC to support Literacy

Nearly 1,000 middle and high school students attended a chamber opera telling a true story, “What Wings They Were,” The Case of Emeline, thanks to CIS Board Member and Baker Botts attorney Bill Kroger.

The opera was based on an historical case that took place in Houston over 150 years ago; where a young lawyer, Peter Gray, begins to challenge the newly developed Texas legal system in a slavery case involving a young African-American woman named Emeline.

The libretto gives our young people an artistic view and insight into social injustices.  Its unique story was discovered by State District Judge Mark Davidson and was brought to CIS through a collaboration between Baker Botts LLP and the Houston Grand Opera.

This fascinating story, which has relevance to past and present, honors those who are not afraid to stand up for what is right.”

CIS students at HGO

Klentzman Intermediate CIS students hand over hundreds of books for elementary students to support the HGO literacy initiative after the performance.


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