[VIDEO] Lance Gross: First African American Congressmen #KinseyUntold

VIDEO - Lance Gross #KinseyUntoldThe most recognizable person in African American history for my three-year-old son is President Barack Obama. A.J. has seen the president on the news making speeches.  Ask A.J. what he wants to be when he grows up and he’ll reply: “I’m going to be the president.” I even dressed him as President Obama for his first Halloween when he was just seven months old.

The Kinsey Collection

I was recently introduced to The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey – Where Art and History Intersect. It’s a traveling art exhibit that’s been featured on 60 Minutes and other national media. The Kinsey Collection is also part of a national tour presented by Well Fargo Bank to mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. There’s also a 198-page coffee table book with images from the art collection.  It’s filled with untold stories of Black history with paintings, documents and artifacts from Africa, Europe and the United States.

All of those stories have led us to a day when my son can see a U.S. president who looks like him. In this video actor Lance Gross introduces us to the first African Americans to serve in the U.S. Congress. Their efforts laid the groundwork for President Obama.

Since we live in Atlanta, the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he’s also learning more about the civil rights leader. A.J. has noticed Dr. King’s name on signs around the city and on a recent visit to the Atlanta History Center.

Lance Gross

Have you heard of Josiah Walls, Benjamin Turner or Jefferson Long or any of the other history makers featured in the video with Lance Gross?

Why do you think these types of stories are often “untold”?

In a few weeks, I’ll share a part of my family’s history’s for #KinseyUntold.

Here’s an Instagram photo from the video shoot on-location at the Arnika Dawkins Gallery in Atlanta.

In the upcoming video, you’ll hear how my Father endured discrimination while growing up in Charleston, South Carolina right after the Great Depression. My Father attended segregated schools and was drafted during the Korean War. I’ll compare his early years to A.J.’s growing up here in Atlanta in a diverse preschool where children of all colors, religions and backgrounds play and learn together.

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  1. Wow, I had not heard of them… thank you so much for this post and for educating me 🙂

  2. It still baffles me who the colour of a person’s skin plays any role in their life. As a Canadian I think (*hope*) we don’t deal with as much racially charged issues as you do in the US. But we are not perfect either sadly….
    We all need to take steps to build tolerance and acceptance, and teach our children they can be ANYTHING regardless of skin colour, gender or sexual orientation.

  3. Good to know! I hadn’t heard anything about this either!

  4. I have not heard of these videos. What a great way to get untold stories shared. It’s a good way to see how far as a nation we have come, and also see how much farther we still need to go to get over the inexcusable racial discrimination.

  5. I liked hearing about this exhibit and about your father’s place in history. I know my children like hearing how their grandfather helped desegregate a private school in Philadelphia, Pa.

  6. I so plan on having my children look these names up. I so want to look into my family history and see what I can find.

  7. What a great video. We all need to be reminded that there ARE some good politicians out there to serve as role models for kids!

  8. This was amazing and truly inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing it! I look forward to hearing your story. My father and uncle both served in the Korean War. I am grateful for their service.

  9. This is so cool. I love learning new things. I simply did not know this. Looking forward to this series.

  10. I can not wait to hear more about your father’s story. It is great that the untold history of forgotten Americans is being spotlighted and shared!

  11. Wow, I can’t believe I didn’t here about these men, then again I tend to avoid politics I didn’t even learn about Juneteenth until I took several African American courses at college. Thank you for sharing this, I plan to pass this to the youth ministers to share with the new generation of future leaders.

  12. I think untold stories should be told more often. It would remind of us what had to be done to enjoy the liberties we take for granted.

  13. Kudos for the post I will be doing some research to learn more.
    I grew up in a melting pot of many nationalities and thank my lucky stars everyday for it. I was never taught the any of us were any different. I knew we all looked different and there were different cultures but everyone accepted one another as equals. It saddens me to see a race card used as a badge to treat another in a demented way. I read in a comment from another post today that made me ponder our world. “One is not born a Bidget” I came from a broken home, my step father was a pedophile that made family life hell and my mother was to broken to leave him. School taught me that America was founded by taking it by force. Many if not all lands have been taken the same way. I can’t change that nor do I chose to, but I can, and have chosen to live peaceably and learn from my neighbor’s. We are here, time to get along. A quote i once seen on a marque of an old church. “The one you hate controls you”

  14. “All of those stories have led us to a day when my son can see a U.S. president who looks like him.”

    All presidents looked like him – they have all been HUMAN.

    Wow, I thought we were supposed to see the person, not the color. At least that is what Dr. King was working for. Now once again color becomes an issue. The author wants to continue living in the days of her father and not in today’s world. People like the author, Sharpton, and Jackson refuse to allow the racial divide to fade away. Sad, just plain sad.

  15. I am a white woman, Sam Keller, if you are also white, you are delusional. I do understand that there is some perpetuation that goes on and there should not be. But the white folks…..shame on them, too. There is a whole thing going on where African Americans look down their nose at whites and visa versa. Neither should do either. We should not teach tolerance….we should just reach….out….and embrace.