LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina College Gallery kicked off its Black History Month celebration with live poetry readings, and the debut of an art exhibit featuring the works of local artists.
Learning about history through art can prove to be a powerful lesson.
This year, Angelina College decided to go with a more creative approach to its celebration of black history month.
"Art is an expression, to see things, to remember things that have happened in the past and people that have gone before us and made an impact in our live," said artist Gary Roberts.
The gallery partnered with the school's Live Poetry Society to teach about black history in a more visual and emotional way.
"Art is always there. It's a way to speak when you don't have the words," said Benetha Jackson, the gallery program director. "And poetry is a way to express emotion when the words are not enough."
The pieces conveyed many subjects dealing with black history including slavery, the civil rights movement, entertainers, important leaders, and even the recent protests that happened in Ferguson and New York.
"Art makes it easy for people to talk about the most difficult of subjects, whether it's paintings, sometimes the loudest voice in a room is a painting," Jackson said.
However, organizers say that the best part about opening night was not the faces on the wall, but the faces in the crowd.
"Regardless of what I look like and what you look like, we're all Americans, and we're all here together," Roberts said.
Although so many steps have been made towards racial equality, there is still a long way to go.
Angelina College is hoping that tying emotion to the lessons learned will represent another step in the right direction.
The Angelina College Gallery will host several other events throughout the month. They will also continue to display the art exhibit through the end of February.