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A Woman Inspired

Museum intern Tai Brown gives an introspective report on her initial experience with the Wright's newest permanent exhibit, "Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology."

Staring at a wall composed of black astronauts, I started feeling intrigued. I just kept thinking to myself, "Wow… these are some remarkable people." Before I knew it, I was enthralled by the vignette on black aviators. I never really thought about blacks in aviation. I mean, in school I learned about Bessie Coleman, Mae Jemison, and The Tuskegee Airmen. That pretty much summed up my knowledge on black aviators. But, to see a legacy created by people who "dared to dream" was a world unknown to me. Reading about people like Chauncey Spencer, Willa Brown Chappell, and Charles Bolden, Jr. really excited me.

Undoubtedly, these people are truly inspiring, hence the name “Inspiring Minds,” but honestly it makes me more appreciative than inspired in some ways. Appreciative for those brave souls that took risks, defied stereotypes, overcame obstacles and barriers, and paved a way for the future. Seeing amazing exhibitions regularly, I didn’t think that I would be inspired, but as it turns out I am so touched by this exhibit that I am writing my very first blog ever, just to express how moved I was. Inspiring Minds: Blacks in Science and Technology exhibit does more than inspire patrons, it gives you an overwhelming sense of courage; courage to not fear what the future holds, but to create your own destiny. Not to fear the unexpected and to defy the masses. All the people in this exhibition have an inspirational story behind them, but I think it’s more important that people start thinking about the story they want to leave behind and how to achieve what others say they cannot.

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Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. The Museum provides learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins.