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6/09/15 – Morgan Freeman visits The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection at Mississippi State University!


L-R Stephen Cunneto (MSU), Khalil Kinsey, Shirley Kinsey, Morgan Freeman, Dr. Linda Keena, Dean Frances Coleman (MSU) and Dr. Peter Ryan (MSU)

We were honored with a visit from Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman to see our African American Treasures exhibit at Mississippi State University, and had the privilege of sharing the day with he and Dr. Linda Keena, even fitting in 9 holes of golf on the MSU course. Mr. Freeman is quite the historian himself, and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the objects contained in the exhibit. It was a wonderful day, and the start of a great friendship. We thank Mr. Freeman, Dr. Keena, and the awesome Mississippi State University staff for a great experience.

(photo by Russ Houston / © Mississippi State University)

5/18/15 – The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection featured on PBS’ LAaRT!


We are very excited to be featured on one of our favorite PBS shows, LAaRT! LAaRT features artists, art leaders, and creative endeavors that voice perspectives of the many communities who call California home. Through this local production, PBS SoCaL fosters cultural and community partnerships that embrace our region. Each LAaRT episode features a local art story and several national stories, giving viewers intimate knowledge of their community’s art as well as a broad view of the wider world.

New episodes premiere Mondays at 7:00 PM on PBS SoCaL with encores Fridays at 8:30 PM and Saturdays at 5:00 PM. LAaRT airs Fridays at 4:00 PM on PBS SoCaL Plus. Set your DVR’s!


5/5/15 – Kinsey EPCOT Exhibit Featured in Orlando Arts Magazine!

Our Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from The Kinsey Collection exhibit is featured in this month’s Orlando Arts Magazine and highlights the extension of the exhibit from 3 years to 5 years. Special thank you to Penny Dickerson for the write-up.

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3/17/15: African American Treasures from The Kinsey Collection opening at Mississippi State University this Saturday, March 21st!


This weekend marks the opening of our “African American Treasures from The Kinsey Collection” exhibit at Mississippi State University, and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with the MSU students and residents of Starkville. Located in the Mitchell Library inside the John Grisham Room, University Dean Frances Coleman allowed us the entire space to display what will be another dynamic and engaging exhibit. We want to thank MSU professor Dr. Stephen Middleton for his vision, Dean Coleman for her leadership, and Stephen Cunetto for his execution.

“African American Treasures from The Kinsey Collection” is our exhibit designed specifically for educational institutions, consisting of over 70 selected historical artifacts and artworks, specifically selected for each location.

The opening weekend is full of events starting on Saturday at 10:00 am, including our “What You Didn’t Learn in High School History with Bernard Kinsey” lecture presentation on Sunday at 3:00 pm in Lee Hall on MSU’s campus.

The exhibit will be on display in Mississippi from March 21st, 2015 – June, 20th, 2015

Special events are scheduled throughout the duration of the exhibit at MSU.

For full details please visit

1/26/15 – An Evening of Legacy with the Kinseys – A Celebration of Black History – February 28th, 2015

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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

1/18/15 – Honor King: End Racism!

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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.

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Memorial March after the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968
Silver print photograph
Ernest Withers (1922-2007)

1/15/15 – Happy Birthday Dr. King

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!

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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 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!

UB Kinsey School

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.