Educating people about African American art

Black History Month

ODESSA, TEXAS (Big 2/ Fox 24) – A local couple is passionate about educating people on the arts of their culture.  They dedicate countless hours to do that.  A Midland woman formed a special counsel two decades ago and has brought her husband along for the ride. 
From dance to artwork, music, and poetry, they say there’s a lot to learn and they’re excited to share it.

“I think our culture is natural, dance comes natural to us,” said Robbyne Hocker Fuller, CEO/Founder of the Midland African American Roots Historical Cultural Arts Council Incorporated.

“The African American experience is unique,” said James Fuller, Director of Education for the Midland African American Roots Historical Cultural Arts Council Incorporated.

“Music, sounds, colors, things just come natural, it’s a part of our heritage,” said Robbyne.

They are proud of their heritage and the couple volunteers their time to educate people on the African American Culture.

“We have to be committed and this commitment goes beyond a dollar amount,” said James.

“I tell people if you want to make change, you have to be the change,” said Robbyne.

Robbyne is the perfect example.  She founded the Midland African American Roots Historical Cultural Arts Council Incorporated 20 years ago.

“Artists in one form or another try to articulate the struggle that African Americans have undergone,” said James.

“The triumphs that African Americans continue to experience regardless of the racism, bigotry that still resides in our society.

The dancers featured in the story are from a Los Angeles Dance Company called Contra-Tiempo.  The nonprofit brought them to Midland last year.

We’ll continue to bring you more stories from across the Basin keeping Black History alive. Tune in for a special show called “Hidden History – Honoring Black History.” It airs Sunday, February 16th at noon on Big 2.

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