Welcome to The Kinsey Collection
Welcome to The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey – Where Art and History Intersect, a national touring exhibit of authentic and rare art, artifacts, books, documents and manuscripts that tell the often untold story of African American achievement and contribution. Read more…
1/26/15 – An Evening of Legacy with the Kinseys – A Celebration of Black History – February 28th, 2015
Please join us on Saturday, February 28th at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles for “An Evening of Legacy with Bernard & Shirley Kinsey”; a night of enlightenment and inspiration, where we will celebrate the incredible achievements and contributions that have helped to build and shape America. Bernard Kinsey will take the audience on a riveting journey through time, highlighting the countless untold stories of African Americans in this country from 1595 through the present, a virtual tour of the award winning The Kinsey Collection museum exhibit that has been visited by over 4 million people and is currently on display at Epcot, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
This evening is in partnership with the historic Ebony Repertory Theatre and the Los Angeles chapter of the Florida A&M Alumni Association. Proceeds from the event will go towards scholarships to help California students to attend Florida A&M University.
Please bring your families and friends out to this great event for a great cause, we guarantee you will leave feeling inspired and empowered!
-VIP Champagne Reception & Book Signing to follow presentation-
This evening will sell out, get your tickets HERE
Honor King: End Racism!, 1968
Ink on Board
(from The Kinsey Collection)
This placard was carried during the memorial march in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., held 4 days after his assassination, on April 8th, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Memorial March after the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968
Silver print photograph
Ernest Withers (1922-2007)
The Kinsey Collection honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His work and dedication to the improvement of humanity is just as relevant and necessary today as it was during his life. The Kinsey Collection is fortunate and honored to be caretakers of a few objects related to Dr. King, we share them to educate and inspire, and as a reminder that there is still much work to be done. Have a wonderful weekend.
Letter from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to his Literary Agent, 1957
Typed on Paper
(from The Kinsey Collection)
King’s letterhead identifies him as Pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and President of the Montgomery Improvement Association. Written to his literary agent, Mary Rodell, the letter refers to the contract for his first book, Strive Toward Freedom.
11/1/14 – Bernard & Shirley Kinsey featured as “Philanthropy Power Players” in the November issue of Angeleno Magazine!
Bernard and Shirley Kinsey are very proud to be featured as “Philanthropy Power Players” in this month’s Philanthropy Issue of Angeleno Magazine. The couple is in great company alongside other Los Angeles based philanthropists including Eva Longoria, Maria Shriver, Goldie Hawn, Maria Sharapova and more. The november issue of Angeleno Magazine is on Los Angeles newsstands now.
8/2/14 – African American Treasures from The Kinsey Collection now open at the Houston Museum of African American Culture!
We are proud to announce the opening of the African American Treasures from The Kinsey Collection exhibit at the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC), in the heart of the museum district in Houston, Texas. On display from August 2nd, 2014-October 26th, 2014, Houston marks the 5th and final city on the incredible Wells Fargo sponsored museum tour that started in February of 2013.
Houston is the 4th largest city in the US, and with an African American population of 1 million, we are ever excited to show the exhibit at HMAAC. If you are in or around Houston, please pay this wonderful museum a visit and tell everyone you know.
The Kinsey family will be visiting Houston on several occasions during the exhibit’s time there, hosting events and giving tours, please stay tuned here and HMAAC.org for our events schedule.
African American Treasures from The Kinsey Collection – Presented by Wells Fargo
August 2nd-October 26th, 2014
Houston Museum of African American Culture
4807 Caroline Street
Houston, TX 77004
T: (713) 526-1015
5/28/14 – Bernard Kinsey, What You Didn’t Learn in High School History at Atlanta History Center, Friday, June 6th!
Reception 6:00 PM, Lecture 7:30 PM
Experience a dynamic evening of enlightenment and inspiration as historian and renowned art collector Bernard Kinsey takes you on a journey of discovery through many untold stories of African American history, accomplishments, and contributions. Kinsey debunks the more than 400-year-old “myth of absence” in American history, drawing from the extensive collection of artistic and historical treasures amassed in The Kinsey Collection. He reveals long ignored stories of the roles African Americans played in the making of America.
Afterwards, Professor Cliff Kuhn from Georgia State University, a noted local expert on Atlanta history joins Bernard Kinsey for a panel discussion moderated by Condace Pressley of WSB AM/FM.
Evening program also includes a reception and pre-lecture viewing of Wells Fargo’s nationally traveling exhibition The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and History Intersect. The Kinsey Collection exhibition is on display at the Atlanta History Center through July 13, 2014.
Book signing follows the lecture. Copies of The Kinsey collection book are available before and after the program.
PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE
The opening events for The Kinsey Collection/ Wells Fargo tour at Atlanta History Center were one for the books. Over 500 of Atlanta’s finest came out for Thursday night’s VIP reception hosted by Wells Fargo, including Ambassador and civil rights leader Andrew Young, former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, producer and casting director Reuben Cannon, Bernice King, Andrea Young and Jerry Thomas, Atlanta History Center’s CEO Sheffield Hale and a host of Wells Fargo executives. The energy was electric and people left inspired and excited to spread the word about the exhibit.
Saturday’s public opening was incredible, as The Kinsey Collection exhibit broke the opening day attendance record for the Atlanta History Center. We couldn’t be more happy with the response in Atlanta and want to especially thank our Wells Fargo and Atlanta History Center partners/team for making it such a success.
For press and photos from the opening weekend events click the links below:
Great feature on The Kinsey Collection exhibit at the Atlanta History Center that aired on Fox 5 News’ Good Day Atlanta today. Thank you to Paul Milliken, Rob Gant, and Gurvir Dhindsa for a great segment.
We are excited for this Saturday as we open The Kinsey Collection exhibit at the Atlanta History Center (on display April 5th – July 13th) presented by Wells Fargo. Please join us for a family friendly day of tours, performances and “An Afternoon of Art & Legacy with Bernard and Shirley Kinsey”. Please see below for details on the afternoon, and visit atlantahistorycenter.com for more info on the full day’s events, as well as to purchase tickets.
We hope to see you there!
3/20/14 – Wells Fargo wins 2014 Bulldog Media and Publicity Award for The Kinsey Collection Campaign!
Please join us in congratulating Wells Fargo Communications Consultant Valerie Williams and her team in receiving the 2014 Bulldog Award for Excellence in Media and Publicity Campaigns. This well deserved honor was given for their outstanding work in The Kinsey Collection/Wells Fargo collaboration. To date, the campaign has garnered 1,100 stories/media placements and nearly 1billion (944.8M) in media reach. We truly appreciate the vision, work, and support of Valerie and her colleagues, and are proud to be a part of the Wells Fargo family. Congratulations!