Courtesy of the African American Museum of Dallas

Special to The Dallas Examiner  

Today, on Friday Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m., the African American Museum, Dallas will debut a new documentary called The Artful Dream Fulfilled: The African American Museum of Dallas. Tonight’s screening is free and open to the public. Viewers must register in advance by emailing

The documentary highlights the remarkable history – the challenges, the behind-the-scenes stories and the joyful achievements – of bringing the dream of a new museum to life. Audience members can enjoy a reception following the film.

As a cultural-historical landmark, the documentary film highlights only a few of the key early contributors and others who tell part of the museum’s 47-year journey from their perspective.

In addition to the perspective of Dr. Harry Robinson Jr., who founded the African American Museum and continues to serve as president and CEO, the 37-minute documentary includes the views of Billy R. Allen, civic leader and former Dallas Park Board president; Dr. Marvin Dulaney, a former UT-Arlington professor, African American historian and the Museum’s deputy director and chief operations officer; Helen Giddings, former member of the Texas House of Representatives; Dr. Starsky Wilson of the Children’s Defense Fund; and Amber Barbee Pickens, actress and producer.

Created by Dallas-based firm CinemaStory Productions, the film was the brainchild of Dr. Helen Benjamin and Linda Dickerson Lamar, who graduated from Bishop College together in 1972. The women wanted to preserve the African American Museum history for the ancestors and future generations and pay tribute to the role that Bishop College played in the creation and development of the museum.

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