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New Biography and African American Museum Celebrate, Founder, John Kinard.
The Man, The Movement, The Museum: The Journey of John R. Kinard as the first African American Director of a Smithsonian Institution Museum


Author Joy Kinard, Ph.D.
BriefingWire.com, 9/06/2017 - The Anacostia Community Museum is 50 years old this year on September 15, 2017! A new book about its founder, John R. Kinard, titled, The Man, The Movement, The Museum: The Journey of John R. Kinard as the first African American Director of a Smithsonian Institution Museum from A. P. Foundation Press provides a dynamic overview of one of the world's first African American museums.

The biography uncovers experiences John Kinard had on his road of leadership as a hidden figure who contributed enormously to exhibiting the life and traditions of the African Diaspora, featuring the work of African American Artists, training African Americans to become museum professionals, and preserving well known African American collections and artifacts, in one of the most elite organizations in the world the Smithsonian Institution from 1967-1989.

An epic life lived with compassion - from Kinard’s humble birth to his exemplary leadership and innovations - is remembered because this man never forgot the relationships that gave meaning to his life. John Kinard changed the face of American museums and was well respected internationally. This book also shows how Kinard, the larger-than-life figure, was a paragon of virtue for his family and a cultural touchstone for Anacostia, Washington D.C., and the nation. Meticulously researched with unprecedented access to Kinard’s personal papers and photographs, this book is a treasure trove of details and insight on the history of African American museums that Kinard worked tirelessly to reshape.

The author, Joy G. Kinard, Ph.D., chronicles how her father created a museum that was a sanctuary for leaders—from the Black Arts, Black Studies, and Black Power Movements like activist Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture). In an unforgettable manner, the author effectively details stories from the family, community, church, and melds them together into the chronicles of a national and international framework.

The Man, The Movement, The Museum: The Journey of John R. Kinard as the first African American Director of a Smithsonian Institution Museum, from A. P. Foundation Press will be available at the Anacostia Community Museum’s Open House Event on September 15, 2017, between 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and will also be available on Amazon (www.amazon.com).

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