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Dr. Joy G. Kinard To Speak On Book On Father, First African-American Director of Smithsonian Musuem

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As part of 2019's Black History Month, Dr. Joy G. Kinard, Superintendent of the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Wilberforce, will present a lecture on her father, John R. Kinard, the first African American Director of a Smithsonian Institution Museum. Dr. Kinard spoke with Niki Dakota on WYSO's Excursions about her book on her father, The Man, The Movement, The Monument, and her father's work as the director of the Anacostia Community Museum in Washington D.C.

Dr. Joy G. Kinard will be presenting her lecture at the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center in Wilberforce on Saturday, February 9, at 1 PM. More details can be found at ohiohistory.org/naamcc.

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Born a Hoosier, but only living there in spurts, Niki Dakota spent much of her young life moving around the United States with her archeologist mother. Throughout these years, there was always a ukulele somewhere close at hand. By the time the family settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Dakota found herself in pursuit of professional music-making as she headed-up the Alterna-Folk band, Plow On Boy. In the course of her first live radio interview to promote the band, Niki’s keen excitedness manifest itself in extreme chattiness. At the conclusion of the segment, the DJ closed the mic and said, “You need to be in radio."  That was in 1990.