Killeen: Black history celebrated with art and history showcase

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) In celebration of Black History Month, close to 400 people attended the African American Art and History Showcase Saturday in Killeen.

From workshops to the history lessons, the showcase was more than just about the entertainment.

“The idea pretty much came from black history and also the disparities in the black community,” said Rodney Duckett, founder of I.M.P.A.C. Outreach. “One of the big disparities we have is health and also jobs and also knowledge of self. So, we decided to put it under one roof.”

The event was held at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center. Kaspoetess, who is a poet, says Black History Month is a reminder to her children about their ancestors.

"They weren't just slaves, they were professionals. They were business women who invented things, we did all these good things and it's so great to see a community like Killeen come together and put something on like this where you get so many different tastes of what we're doing,” she said.

For others, the showcase event was a way to connect with history.

"My ancestors, to know that they did everything for me to be where i am know, to step into a building, to go to school, to vote, i just think it's amazing,” Jordan Orion said.

Attendees were also able to learn about home buying, receive legal guidance, job tips and ways to gain financial freedom.

The showcase also highlighted traditional African attire and head wrapping.

"We wrap our heads to express our beauty and you can be modest at the same time,” Annette Nunnally said.

Black History Month and Saturday’s event creating educational opportunities for the youth to pass on.

"If there wasn't martin Luther King around, white people and black people wouldn't be talking or interacting with each other like they would be today,” said 12-year-old Tristan Terpening.

The showcase wrapped up with a performance of the Broadway hit "A Raisin in the Sun." The event was sponsored by the City of Killeen Arts Commission.