The Wright Museum


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As a followup to the at-capacity October 27 appearance by author Kevin Boyle, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Michigan Humanities Council present the Arc of Justice Sweer Trials Reenactment based on the 2011-12 Great Michigan Read book "Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age."


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poster small"Arc of Justice" tells the story of African American Dr. Ossian Sweet and the chain of events that occurred after he purchased a home for his family in an all-white Detroit neighborhood in 1925. Museum programing will include a dramatization of the historic Detroit murder trials involving Dr. Ossian Sweet, Clarence Darrow, and Judge Frank Murphy that became an early and significant marker for civil rights efforts, a short literary arts interpretation by InsideOut, and a panel discussion with Q & A regarding historic and contemporary racial equality issues.


Schedule of Activities:
• 1:00 - 1:15 pm: Welcome & Opening Remarks

• 1:15 - 2:30 pm: "Dr. Sweet's Tinderbox," a dramatization
• 2:30 - 2:45 pm: Interpretive reading by students of InsideOut Detroit

• 2:45 - 3:00 pm: Intermission
• 3:00 - 3:45 pm: Panel Discussion
• 3:45 - 4:30 pm: Question and Answer session


Panelists include:
Jocelyn Benson (Moderator), Associate Professor at Wayne State University Law School, Associate Director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights

John Conyers, Jr., U.S. Congressman representing Michigan's 14th District
Judge Denise Page Hood of the United States District Court for Eastern District of Michigan
Dr. Irshad Altheimer, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Wayne State University
• Special Guests: Students of the Detroit Urban Debate League


Partners include the Michigan Humanities Council, Detroit Urban Debate League, Michigan State Debate Team, InsideOut, Wayne State Department of Criminal Justice, and Brenda Perryman.


This event is FREE and open to the public.  The Great Michigan Read is presented by the Michigan Humanities Council with support from Meijer and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  For more information on the Great Michigan Read program, please visit


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Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
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