Black History is Not an Annual Celebration

"Quilts Made with Love" is now on display in Angelina College's art gallery. It's an exhibit featuring colorful hand-made art by African-American women, but Angelina College recognizes black artists more than just once a year.

Robbie Roach, AC art instructor, said, "You don't want to just be included in a celebration for that particular minority, you want to be part of the mainstream. Actually, we're all part of the American family, how can we separate ourselves out? We do want to have some celebrations at given times of the year for particular issues, but I think it's just vitally important to make it all part of the mainstream."

African-American contributions get a lot of attention during the month of February, but many East Texans celebrate it every day throughout the year.

Marilyn Kegler, Garrett Primary School principal, said, "We talk about when they go to the doctor's office and they see somebody they can relate to that maybe looks like them, [we tell them] you too can be in this helping profession. What we try to do with our little people is keep it very real, very common so they can relate."

Teachers at Garrett Primary use science projects and everyday class assignments to teach their students about the many contributions African-Americans have made over the years. They believe it's important to introduce kids to today's heroes - local doctors, lawyers, and school board members - as well as the heroes of yesterday.

A reception in honor of "Quilts Made with Love" is set for Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in the Angelina Center for the Arts gallery. Admission is free.