by Dexter Harper
The Amarillo Family YMCA Writer’s Voice Program sponsored a preview and book signing of ‘History of African Americans in Amarillo’. The books authors Dr. Jean Stuntz and Claudia Stuart gave the history of the making of their publication and participated in a question and answer after their presentation.
The authors described African Americans in Amarillo as a pictorial history of African Americans in the region from1887 when merchants opened stores to cater to railroad workers.
Dr. Jean A. Stuntz is an Associate Professor of History at West Texas A&M and Claudia D. Stuart is an instructor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at West Texas A&M University.
The night’s events also included a panel discussion moderated by Justice of the Peace Thomas Jones. The topic of discussion was ‘What African American youth can learn from past community leaders”.
The Amarillo Family YMCA Writer’s Voice Program includes writing circles, creative writing instruction to all ages, and book talks by local and nationally recognized artists. For more information on Writer’s Voice and other arts programs at the Amarillo Family YMCA, please go online to www.amarilloymca.org or call Jenna Hodges at 806-373-1811.