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Dinizulu Gene Tinnie

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Professor
Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue Green
Favorite Food:
Conch and Others
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Better To Light A Lamp Than Curse The Darkness.

Birthplace

Born:
2/25/1942
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Professor
Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue Green
Favorite Food:
Conch and Others
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Better To Light A Lamp Than Curse The Darkness.

Birthplace

Born:
2/25/1942
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Professor and artist Dinizulu Gene Tinnie was born Gene Sinclair Tinnie on February 25, 1942, in the South Bronx, New York. Tinnie attended Suffolk County Community College, earning his A.A. degree, with Science Emphasis, in 1962. He continued his studies at the State University of New York-Stony Brook, with a B.A. degree in French in 1965, minoring in education and Spanish. In 1966, Tinnie earned a Fulbright scholarship to study French language, history and culture at the Université de Caen, France, receiving a Diplôme supérieur d'études françaises in 1967, and, in 1968, his Licence ès Lettres degree from the Université de Nancy. He would go on to earn his M.A. degree in French literature and linguistics from Queens College, City University of New York, in 1970.

Following his graduation, Tinnie worked as a linguist for the Black Dialect Project at the Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development in Los Angeles, California, while also continuing graduate studies in linguistics at UCLA.

Relocating to Boston, Massachusetts, he served as a project coordinator and artist-in- residence at Circle Associates educational consulting firm, and would be featured in his first exhibition, entitled “Black Artists,” in 1974 at Horticultural Hall, the same year he designed the inaugural museum space and exhibition of the new Boston African American Museum.

Subsequently moving to Miami, Florida, he joined the Miami Black Arts Workshop as an artist, designer, and project coordinator, serving in that position until 1983, and would become a founding member of the Kuumba Artists Collective of South Florida. Tinnie was an adjunct professor of English, humanities, and art appreciation at Miami-Dade Community College from 1975 to 1995, and joined Florida Memorial College in 1982, going on to serve in several positions that included art department chair. He also designed exhibitions for the Old Dillard Museum in Fort Lauderdale, and supplemental “After the Henrietta Marie” historical exhibitions in conjunction with the touring “A Slave Ship Speaks: The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie” exhibition, created by the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society in 1995.

Tinnie’s public art commissions in South Florida include “Remembrance of the Way,” “Trilogy for Dr. King,” “The World is a Garden in which All Are One,” “A Gathering of Spirits,” the Richmond Heights Pioneers Monument, and the artwork on the Key West African Cemetery memorial monument. Major exhibitions include “I Remember the March on Washington,” (DC and Houston) and “Dinizulu Gene Tinnie: an Overview” (Miami).

Tinnie is the founder and co-director of the Dos Amigos/Fair Rosamond Slave Ship Replica Project. Publications discussing Tinnie’s research on the history of the Middle Passage have appeared in publications such as the Journal of African American History, Florida History, FlaVour magazine, and Islas bilingual quarterly. 

In addition, he is chair of the City of Miami Virginia Key Beach Park Trust, and serves on several other boards related to historic preservation.

Tinnie and his wife, Dr. Wallis Hamm Tinnie, have two daughters.

Dinizulu Gene Tinnie was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 23, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dinizulu Gene Tinnie's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about the Marcus Garvey movement, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about the Marcus Garvey movement, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his mother's high school experiences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his father's move to New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls his father's experience of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his father's work as an elevator operator
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his father's acquaintance with businessmen in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about his parents' immigration
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after most
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls moving to Long Island, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his brothers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his sisters
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about his family's height
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his neighborhood in the Bronx, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls growing up as a New York Yankees fan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls his family's conversion to Catholicism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his experience in Catholic schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his early interest in art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie remembers his classmate, John Jackson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie remembers the Civil Rights Movement, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie remembers the Civil Rights Movement, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his Catholic schools' racial demographics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes the history of Long Island, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie remembers Long Island's Earl L. Vandermeulen High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls his experiences as a Fulbright Scholar
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls his artistic interests in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls his interest in basketball
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls playing basketball with the Harlem Wizards
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie remembers quitting basketball
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie remembers Suffolk County Community College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls his decision to study the French language
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his professors at Suffolk County Community College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about the Freedom Rider bus fire in Alabama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie remembers the assassination of Malcolm X
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his experiences at Stony Brook University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls applying for the Fulbright Program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie remembers the University of Caen Normandy in France
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his experiences in France
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about playing basketball in France
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes the First World Festival of Black Arts in Senegal
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his experiences in Normandy, France
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about the French culture
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie reflects upon the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie remembers returning to the United States
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls the student protests of the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about protests in France
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his dissertation on poet Francois Villon
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about African American dialects
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls conducting research on African American dialects
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes the Black Panther Party and US Organization
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about the US Organization
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about African American culture in the late 1960s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls his coworkers at Circle Associates in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his projects at Circle Associates
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls remodeling the American Museum of Negro History
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about the African Liberation Support Committee
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes the African Liberation Support Committee
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about African American culture in the 1970s
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes African American music in the 1970s
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about his wood sculpture, 'Remembrance of The Way'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about Miami's Overtown neighborhood
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about the Miami Black Arts Workshop
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie remembers the McDuffie riots in Miami, Florida, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie reflects upon modern acts of racial violence
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie remembers the McDuffie riots in Miami, Florida, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dinizulu Gene Tinnie's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes the Miami Black Arts Workshop in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes the mission and activities of the Miami Black Arts Workshop
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about the political differences between metropolitan cities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about the preservation of Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes the early history of Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about the Bahamian community in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie remembers Marcus Garvey's hundredth birthday celebration
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls the popularity of the Garvey movement in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie reflects upon the importance of social activism
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about the art of woodcarving
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his woodwork sculptures
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls carving 'Remembrance of The Way'
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about the process of creating 'Remembrance of the Way'
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls the community's response to 'Remembrance of The Way'
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about the importance of public art
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes the benefits of public art
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about the Sherdavia Jenkins Peace Park in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes the Kuumba Artists Association of Florida, Inc.
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about his membership in arts organizations
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about the potential development of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes the influence of public art
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie shares his views on graffiti
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about neighborhood violence
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his teaching experiences
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie remembers his colleagues at Florida Memorial College in Miami Gardens, Florida
  • Tape: 11 Story: 9 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie reflects upon his teaching career
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about the Free South Africa Movement
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes the perception of Cuba in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about his support of Nelson Mandela
  • Tape: 12 Story: 4 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie shares his spiritual philosophy
  • Tape: 12 Story: 5 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about his initial interest in the Henrietta Marie slave ship
  • Tape: 12 Story: 6 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes the Henrietta Marie slave ship
  • Tape: 12 Story: 7 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about the history of the 19th century slave trade
  • Tape: 12 Story: 8 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls seeing the artifacts of the Henrietta Marie
  • Tape: 13 Story: 1 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about the African Cemetery at Higgs Beach in Key West, Florida
  • Tape: 13 Story: 2 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie recalls being selected to design the monument at the African Cemetery at Higgs Beach
  • Tape: 13 Story: 3 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes the memorial at African Cemetery at Higgs Beach
  • Tape: 13 Story: 4 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about his gallery exhibitions
  • Tape: 13 Story: 5 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his artwork
  • Tape: 13 Story: 6 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about his board memberships, pt. 1
  • Tape: 13 Story: 7 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie remembers Howard Thurman
  • Tape: 13 Story: 8 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about his board memberships, pt. 2
  • Tape: 14 Story: 1 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about the changes to the art community in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 14 Story: 2 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie reflects upon the art scene in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 14 Story: 3 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 14 Story: 4 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 14 Story: 5 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 14 Story: 6 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie talks about his family
  • Tape: 14 Story: 7 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami, Florida, pt. 1
  • Tape: 14 Story: 8 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami, Florida, pt. 2
  • Tape: 14 Story: 9 - Dinizulu Gene Tinnie describes how he would like to be remembered