Seven trailblazers were inducted into the Black Educators Hall of Fame on Feb. 23 at the annual Art That Touches Your Heart Final Friday Art Exhibition and Sale held at Wichita State University’s Rhatigan Student Center.

This year’s inductees were: Willia Campbell Crawford, Betty Arnold, Leonard Wesley, Samuel Spaght, Bobbye Humphrey, Jesse Faust, and Samuel Mackey.

The event also highlighted Black art and culture in Wichita and from around the globe. The show included African artifacts collected by New Mexico-based Mohamed Sharif, formerly known as Kelly Peete, a former WSU Shocker basketball standout.

This two-day art exhibit was co-sponsored by ATTYH Foundation, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Wichita State University and the Cadman Art Gallery.

Former Wichita Art teacher Janice Thacker founded Art That Touches Your Heart to support and encourage young African-American artists who are emotionally and financially deprived of a support system.

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