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Shirley Kinsey

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Collector
Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Eggplant Parmesan
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy, Kenya
Favorite Quote:
To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.

Birthplace

Born:
2/7/1946
Birth Location:
Lake City, Florida

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Collector
Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Eggplant Parmesan
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy, Kenya
Favorite Quote:
To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.

Birthplace

Born:
2/7/1946
Birth Location:
Lake City
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Biography

Art collector and educator Shirley Pooler Kinsey was born on February 7, 1946 in Lake City, Florida to Erma and Eddie Pooler. She grew up in St. Augustine, Florida, and was raised by her paternal grandmother, Susie Plummer Pooler. Kinsey attended the Richard J. Murray High School, where she was valedictorian of her graduating class. She then went on to attend Florida A&M University, where she married her husband, Bernard Kinsey, and graduated in 1967 with her B.A. degree in English.

Upon graduation, Kinsey moved to California, where she was hired as an elementary school teacher for the Compton Unified School District. Then, from 1973 until 1982, Kinsey worked as a trainer and training manager for Xerox Corporation. She also went on to receive her M.A. degree in multi-cultural education from Pepperdine University in 1976. From 1985 to 1995, Kinsey served as a project manager for KBK Enterprises, Inc., a real estate development firm.

Kinsey and her husband are known for their collection of African American art, books and manuscripts that document and tell the story of African American triumphs and struggles from 1604 to the present. Their exhibit, entitled “The Kinsey collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey – Where Art and History Intersect,” has been on national tour since 2006, and has been on exhibit in fourteen museums, including the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and Epcot at Walt Disney World. In 2009, Kinsey, with her husband, co-authored The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, a companion book to their exhibit, which was adopted by the Florida Department of Education as part of their African American history curriculum for grades K-12 statewide.

In 2008, Kinsey co-founded the Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Foundation for the Arts and Education to promote education and understanding of African American history and culture through the exhibition of their personal treasures. Additionally, she has helped raise over twenty-two million dollars for charitable and educational institutions, including Florida A&M University. Kinsey has also received numerous awards, including the Spelman Alumni Humanitarian Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Florida A&M University, and a Living Legend Award from ESPN.

Kinsey resides with her husband and son in Pacific Palisades, California.

Shirley P. Kinsey was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 18, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Shirley Kinsey's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Shirley Kinsey lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Shirley Kinsey describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Shirley Kinsey describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Shirley Kinsey talks about how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Shirley Kinsey describes her likeness to her parents and paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Shirley Kinsey remembers her home life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Shirley Kinsey describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Shirley Kinsey remembers her neighborhood in St. Augustine, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Shirley Kinsey describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Shirley Kinsey describes her early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Shirley Kinsey remembers her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Shirley Kinsey remembers her paternal grandmother's first visit to California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Shirley Kinsey recalls her influential teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Shirley Kinsey remembers the all-white school near her home in St. Augustine, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Shirley Kinsey recalls her early aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Shirley Kinsey describes her paternal uncle, James Webster
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Shirley Kinsey remembers her mentor, Rosalie Gordon-Mills
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Shirley Kinsey remembers the Excelsior School in St. Augustine, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Shirley Kinsey talks about the schools in St. Augustine, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Shirley Kinsey describes segregation in St. Augustine, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Shirley Kinsey remembers Richard J. Murray High School in St. Augustine, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Shirley Kinsey recalls her decision to attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Shirley Kinsey remembers joining the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Shirley Kinsey remembers being arrested during a CORE demonstration, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Shirley Kinsey remembers being arrested during a CORE demonstration, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Shirley Kinsey remembers meeting her husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Shirley Kinsey remembers James N. Eaton
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Shirley Kinsey remembers her first teaching jobs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Shirley Kinsey remembers the notable figures at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Shirley Kinsey describes her education at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Shirley Kinsey remembers her marriage to Bernard Kinsey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Shirley Kinsey remembers teaching in Compton, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Shirley Kinsey recalls the start of her art collection
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Shirley Kinsey describes her financial planning
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Shirley Kinsey recalls developing an interest in black art and culture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Shirley Kinsey remembers the birth of her son
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Shirley Kinsey recalls collecting Ernie Barnes' paintings
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Shirley Kinsey recalls the start of her historical document collection
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Shirley Kinsey talks about her educational outreach
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Shirley Kinsey talks about her time at the Xerox Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Shirley Kinsey talks about moving frequently
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Shirley Kinsey recalls her start in the real estate business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Shirley Kinsey describes her real estate business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Shirley Kinsey remembers her early art shows
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Shirley Kinsey talks about her fundraising events
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Shirley Kinsey remembers sharing her collection with young people
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Shirley Kinsey remembers her dinner parties for Tom Bradley and Rosa Parks
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Shirley Kinsey recalls lending her collection to the California African American Museum
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Shirley Kinsey describes the growing interest in her art and history collection
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Shirley Kinsey remembers the digital exhibition of the Kinsey Collection
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Shirley Kinsey recalls publishing 'The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Shirley Kinsey remembers creating an exhibit for Black History Month
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Shirley Kinsey describes her partnership with Wells Fargo and Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Shirley Kinsey describes her exhibit at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Shirley Kinsey describes her plans for a documentary film
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Shirley Kinsey reflects upon her museum career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Shirley Kinsey describes her favorite pieces in the Kinsey Collection, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Shirley Kinsey describes her favorite pieces in the Kinsey Collection, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Shirley Kinsey describes her son's involvement in the Kinsey Collection
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Shirley Kinsey reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Shirley Kinsey describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Shirley Kinsey reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Shirley Kinsey shares a message to future generations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Shirley Kinsey describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Shirley Kinsey narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Shirley Kinsey narrates her photographs, pt. 2