Black History Month Gala puts spotlight on growing success in Amarillo

Amarillo community organizer Keith Grays put a spotlight on Amarillo’s history and entrepreneurs with the Celebrate Black History Gala over the weekend.


The gathering featured a runway show by Dallas-based designer George Killingsworth of Geo’s Collection.

“We are exploring the world with my fashions,” Killingsworth said of his 2018 collection.

Killingsworth, who has been designing for 30 years, said he doesn’t limit himself when it comes to seeking inspiration.

“My collection is unique, versatile and very couture and high-fashion,” he said. “I’m hoping to make you say wow when you see my collection.”

Killingsworth’s collections caught Grays’ attention seven years ago, and the two have had a partnership ever since.

“We started the runway show five years ago at Bones Hooks Park on Jewelle Allen Center Stage,” Grays said. “This gives people the opportunity to see what different looks like. This is who we are on the runway in Paris, New York and L.A.

“We are a whole different style of African-American, and we want to showcase that for people here who dare to be different.”

In addition to the high fashion, Amarilloan Kyle Gipson performed a spoken word piece between segments at Grays’ event venue, In This Moment on Polk Street.

“When you get to the larger cities, that’s very popular … we’ve just got to rebirth all of this out here,” he said. “People say that there’s nothing here. What we’re doing as far leadership, from the advocate’s point of view, is to make a difference for a generation that’s coming. This from my heart means something to me.”

The gala drew notable names in Amarillo — Chief Ed Drain of the Amarillo Police Department, author Aaron Gilbreath, Randall County Democratic Party Chair Mariah Strong-Woods and Potter County District Clerk candidate Crystal Flores.