Constelena Kelly's great-great grandfather, a Caucasian man, was married to a Cherokee Native American who lived on the reservation. A time came when she was not allowed to live anywhere but on the reservation, so he kept his wife hidden in the house. Six children were born from this union.
Kelly's grandmother, Esther Kelly, went to see Martin Luther King, Jr when he visited the area for a meeting. People were encouraged that one day whites and black would attend schools together and treat each other with dignity.