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Toyota partners with famed Kinsey Collection for first-time exhibit at HBCU

(January 25, 2016) "To whom much is given, much is required," is a guiding principle of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey (pictured). Having a passion for African-American history, the founders of The Kinsey Collection, brings one of the largest private collections of black art, artifacts, documents and artwork to their alma mater Florida A&M University in time for Black History Month.

Toyota has partnered with Bernard and Shirley Kinsey to showcase over 100 pieces, called African American Treasures from The Kinsey Collection, from January 23 to March 25, 2016. The Collection opened to the public on January 23, at the Foster Tanner Fine Arts Building beginning on the campus of Florida A&M University. The Kinsey Collection will show never-before-seen pieces from artists such as Samella Lewis and Jane Denmark, both from FAMU. This will mark the collection's first time on the campus of a Historically Black College and University (HBCU).

"It's truly an honor to bring The Kinsey Collection to our beloved alma mater, Florida A&M University," said Bernard Kinsey, co-founder of The Kinsey Collection. "African- Americans have played an integral part in American history and it's important that students be introduced to these untold stories of African-American achievement."

The Kinsey Collection has been on a national tour since 2007 and seen by more than 5 million visitors. The collection has also exhibited in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and presently is on display at Epcot, Walt Disney World where 15 to 20 million people will see it over its five-year run. The collection holds three national awards, including the President's National Award for Museum and Library Services. It has also been showcased in Tallahassee at the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science in 2009.

"Toyota prides itself on its commitment to education and empowering HBCUs through scholarships and educational programs," said Jim Colon, vice president of African- American Business Strategy, Toyota USA. "We believe The Kinsey Collection will encourage a younger generation to value the significance of African-American history and inspire them to create histories of their own." For more information about the African-American treasures showcased in The Kinsey Collection, visit


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