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Without Florida A&M University there wouldn’t be a Black middle class in Florida....Literally, anybody that did anything of significance got his or her include Black patrons,” Bernard explained. “DuringFAMU. the early 1960’s, we were in the height of the Civil Rights Movement and Tallahassee degree from was one of the most segregated cities in the South.” - Bernard Kinsey

Shirley recalled, “He was an upperclassman and I was a freshman and I was only here to do my studies. I was not here to date, but him, being whoArt he is, won me over and serves we startedtitled dating.” Where andheHistory Intersect,” “What You Didn’t Learn in High School was a member. Their donation will help were married Tallahassee 1967, and had their campus.toBut even fromsupport the highthe hills of Tallahassee, Shirley and asThey a companion to theincollection. Thisintext History.” Thereception program,on designed address purchase of new uniforms for Bernard could not have imagined all that they would accomplish together nor that from their love would grow a collection that has changed has been adopted by the Florida Department the large gaps in education in the areas of the world-renowned band. of Education to help teach African-American American history and the arts by highlighting With more than 20 nieces and nephews history to more than 300,000 students the accomplishments of African Americans, who’ve graduated from the University, the in grades K-12 statewide. The Kinseys are has been implemented in nine cities. Kinseys’ continued efforts to support FAMU working on a similar initiative for California The Kinseys also have financially and share its story are, for them, worth schools. supported education-based organizations every investment. In 2008, the couple established The and institutions, including raising more than “Without Florida A&M University there Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Foundation $22 million in scholarships to aid students wouldn’t be a Black middle class in Florida,” for Arts and Education, a nonprofit that attending FAMU and other schools. This Bernard said. “Literally, anybody that did works for education reform. Besides the past November, they were recognized anything of significance got his or her companion book, special programming during halftime of the 2016 Florida Classic degree from FAMU.” also includes an 18-page Newspaper in for their $500,000 pledge to support Education study guide, and a lecture series FAMU’s Marching “100,” of which Bernard

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