Bernard and Shirley Kinsey are more than just art collectors. They own one of the largest and most diverse private collections of African American artifacts and artwork in the world. Their wide-ranging collection examines 400 years of the African-American experience from nineteenth-century slave documents and an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation to letters written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and works by artists Romare Bearden and Henry O. Tanner. Now, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Kinseys have brought their passion for art and history to Charlotte where their collection will be on exhibition at the Harvey B. Gantt Center. We'll talk with Bernard and Shirley Kinsey and their son Khalil about their collection, their philanthropic vision and what they hope new generations will learn from four centuries of African American art, history and culture, when Charlotte Talks Thursday, Sept. 5.
Bernard Kinsey - Philanthropist and President and Founder of KBK Enterprises, Inc. a management consulting firm.
Shirley Kinsey - Philanthropist and Bernard's wife
Khalil Kinsey - Bernard and Shirley's son and General Manager of Operations and Exhibitions for the Kinsey Collection
- The Kinsey Collection website
- The Kinsey Collection is on display at the Harvey B. Gantt Center through October 12. Details here.
- Bernard Kinsey will present a lecture "What You Didn't Learn in High School History" on Monday, Sept. 9, 6 p.m., at the Knight Theatre. Following the lecture, Mike Collins will moderate a discussion between Bernard Kinsey and Levine Museum's Tom Hanchett. Reception, book signing and tour of the exhibit afterwards. Details and tickets.