Distinguished Lecturers
Joy G. Kinard

Joy G. Kinard

Joy G. Kinard is chair of the Division of Political and Military History at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, serving as supervisory curator managing the Political History exhibitions. Her professional interests center on the preservation and advancement of stories pertinent to African American and American heritage. Previously, Kinard was with the National Park Service for 20 years in a variety of places and roles. Most recently, she was Superintendent of the Central Alabama Civil Rights Sites which includes the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, and the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail. Kinard served as the first superintendent of the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument and as National Capital Parks-East Central District Manager, where she managed the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, National Archives for Black Women’s History, Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, Langston Golf Course, James Creek Marina, Buzzard Point Marina, and all parts of Anacostia Park. Kinard's portfolio has also included Fort Washington Park and Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm, in addition to assignments as Acting Chief of Interpretation, Education, and Cultural Resource Manager at the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site and Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. She also served as a park ranger at various sites in Virginia and Maryland, educating visitors on the stories of prominent figures in American history, including George Washington, Frederick Douglass and Robert E. Lee.
A scholar of African-American history and culture, Kinard contributed to the seminal African American National Biography Encyclopedia and published her first book, The Man, The Movement, The Museum: The Journey of John R. Kinard as the First African American Director of a Smithsonian Institution Museum (2017) in tribute to her father. She taught African American History, U.S. History to 1877 and other courses at the University of the District of Columbia’s Department of History, and, in 2013, was lead curator of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Celebrating a Century of Sisterhood, Scholarship & Service commemorative exhibition. 
Kinard has served on a variety of boards, coalitions, and committees and has been given recognition and awards from various nonprofits and educational institutions for her contributions.


More Distinguished Lectureship Program Resources