3/12/14 – Disney Dreamers Academy Weekend Recap


We had a great time participating in the Disney Dreamers Academy (DDA) at Disney World this past weekend. In 2008, Walt Disney World created Disney Dreamers Academy in partnership with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine to encourage Dreamers along their paths to success, to provide them with tools to let their potential shine, and to convey that the power of dreaming is the first step to achieving their goals. This year’s DDA marked the one year anniversary of our “Rediscovering America: Family Treasures from The Kinsey Collection” and we were on hand to meet with all of the “Dreamers”, giving tours of the exhibit and words of encouragement. Guests this year included Magic Johnson, Lauren London, E! News’ Terrence Jenkins, Entertainment Tonight’s Rocsi Diaz and 15-year old CEO, Jaylen Bledsoe.

Learn more about Disney Dreamers Academy here

The Kinsey Collection at the Atlanta History Center! April 5th – July 13th, 2014


We are very proud to announce that the partnership between The Kinsey Collection and Wells Fargo continues, now being extended through 2014. The first stop on the extended tour is the incredible Atlanta History Center. Continue…

2/24/14 – Wendy Williams plugs The Kinsey Collection on her talk show!

Thanks to Wendy Williams for going out of her way to speak about our exhibit at Disney World.

2/12/14 – Bernard Kinsey video interview for USAToday.com

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While in Baltimore speaking at Morgan State University last week, USA Today columnist DeWayne Wickham caught up with Bernard Kinsey to speak on the unknown people and periods that aren’t taught during Black History Month.

Click here to watch the video on USAToday.com


2/3/14 – Bernard & Shirley Kinsey are special guests on The Joe Madison show throughout Black History Month!



If you are a SiriusXM subscriber, please set your dial to channel 110 for the entire month of February, as Bernard and Shirley Kinsey will be joining dynamic talk show host Joe Madison “The Black Eagle” for his widely popular radio program. On each Monday, Wednesday and Friday in February, the Kinseys will be sharing the many untold stories of African-American achievement and contribution contained in The Kinsey Collection with Madison’s million plus listeners.

Air times for The Joe Madison Show on SiriusXM’s Urban View Channel 110 are:

Weekdays: 6:00AM-10:00AM EST/3:00AM-9:00 PST

Weekday Rebroadcast: 8:00PM-12:00AM EST/5:00PM-9:00PM PST

Saturday Rebroadcast: 2:00AM-6:00AM EST/11:00PM-3:00AM PST

Sunday Rebroadcast: 3:00PM-7:00PM EST/12:00PM-4:00PM PST


Please tune in and don’t forget to tell your friends, colleagues and family!


2/2/14 – The Kinseys in Baltimore at Morgan State University on February 6th!



If you are in or around the Baltimore/ Washington DC area, please join us at Morgan State University on Thursday, February 6th as they kick off Black History Month with their annual convocation. This year, Morgan State is in for a treat, as Bernard Kinsey is keynote speaker for the event, bringing his signature passion and charisma to the campus with The Kinsey Collection’s “What You Didn’t Learn in High School History” multi-media lecture series.

For more information on the event, please visit Morgan State’s website

The Kinseys will also be at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore throughout the weekend of February 7th-9th, for book signings and tours of the exhibit. This will be the Kinsey’s last visit to Baltimore before the exhibit closes on March 2nd.

Please visit rflewismuseum.org for more information on the weekend.

1/14/14 – 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Celebration at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, MD. January 18-20

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The Kinseys will be in Baltimore this weekend to celebrate the MLK holiday at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, where The Kinsey Collection is currently on exhibit. The year 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Maryland Emancipation, and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. With a theme of service, the museum commemorates Dr. King with lectures, music, performances, and more January 18-20. The programming targets a broad range of audiences: educators, teens, families, and the corporate community. The weekend culminates on Dr. King’s birthday January 20 with a special museum admission of $5.

For more information on the overall weekend and Kinsey Collection events please click HERE


1/12/14 – Bernard & Shirley Kinsey in February issue of Essence Magazine

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey are a featured couple in the February issue of Essence Magazine as part of an article titled “Art of Love”, which showcases couples who have built successful careers in the arts together. They speak to the magazine about their 50-year journey together and what keeps their love so strong.

The February issue of Essence Magazine with Steve and Marjorie Harvey on the cover, is available now on newsstands everywhere.

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A Tribute to Nelson Mandela – by Bernard Kinsey

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With the burial of Nelson Mandela on Sunday, I have been reflecting on his incomparable impact on the world, and the incredible blessing I was given in getting to know him. Those that know me, know that I often speak of legacy, and there is none greater than that of Mandela in my opinion.

I had the honor of first meeting President Mandela in the early ’90’s as part of a committee that supported his national fundraising tour. I am very proud that the Los Angeles committee helped him raise over $1.2 million, more than any other city on his cross-country tour. In 1993, as a result of the successes of the Rebuild Los Angeles effort of which I was co-chair, a private meeting was organized, where Mandela probed us on how to replicate our model to attract business investment to South African Townships. He subsequently invited me to South Africa in 1994 to consult his cabinet.

In my interactions with the giant that is Nelson Mandela, I was always in awe of his grace and poise. The principle, strength, courage, and resolve that his life embodied is superhuman.

We must all celebrate and honor the life of Nelson Mandela with our actions, remembering that there is still a great deal to stand and fight for. Inequality still abounds all over the world, and if we do not address it and do what we can with what we have, we are effectively saying that it’s ok.

We salute the life and legacy of Madiba Nelson Mandela, champion of freedom and justice, a truly extraordinary example from which we have all been blessed.

– Bernard W. Kinsey


Below is a 1989 portrait of Mandela by our dear friend, artist and activist, Artis Lane. Artis and her late husband Vince Cannon were among the founding members of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA)  and have been long time supporters since its beginning days as Artists Against Apartheid.


The Kinsey Collection on NPR’s “All Things Considered” & “Code Switch”


NPR’s Allison Keyes reports from The Kinsey Collection gallery at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore.

To listen to the “All Things Considered” feature as well as read the “Code Switch” article, please click  here

Special thanks to Allison Keyes at NPR for a great feature on one of our favorite media outlets.