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Juanita Moore
Juanita Moore, President & CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African Americ
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on Monday, 02 May 2011
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President's Message, May 2011

At the Wright Museum partnerships are essential in achieving our greater goals of exploring our history, celebrating the arts and serving the community.  We constantly seek out and are engaged in numerous partnerships.  In May we have two wonderful collaborations, one in its 13th year and the other an initial offering.


Always the premier annual event for the Charles H. Wright Museum, this year's Ford Freedom Award Gala taking place May 17 is truly special.  On this date we celebrate the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, one of the most impactful legal decisions in American history, and the life journey of this year's Ford Freedom Award Scholar, Judge Damon J. Keith.  Honoring Judge Keith is a real privilege for me and the museum.  Amidst all the awards Judge Keith has and continues to receive, each of which he truly deserves, to be recognized as a Ford Freedom Award Scholar places him in the company of the likes of Dorothy Height, Nelson Mandela and other outstanding individuals who've served as living legacies of our highest ideals.


Legacies abound in Detroit, including the Heidelberg Project.  The Wright Museum is pleased to partner with the Heidelberg Project to present its 25th anniversary retrospective exhibit.  On May 19th, we invite you to the artist’s reception, featuring a candid discussion with Heidelberg Project creator, Tyree Guyton and its Executive Director, Jenenne Whitfield.  Guyton and Whitfield will explain how the two have managed to keep the Heidelberg vision fresh and growing, amidst obstacles, demolitions and a shoestring budget.  Oliver Ragsdale, Jr., President of the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center will moderate the discussion.


Whether with Ford Motor Company or the Heidelberg Project, in times like these, the desire to broaden our reach makes partnerships pivotal.  And when the exponential impact created through collaboration helps us achieve our goals, we come to realize that, in the end, we all exist to serve one another.

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Juanita Moore

Juanita Moore, President & CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the largest museum of its kind, has over 30 years of museum experience: as curator, educator, administrator and museum planner. Prior to assuming her current post, she served as Executive Director of the American Jazz Museum and the Gem Theater located in the 18th & Vine Historic District (Kansas City, MO). As founding Executive Director of the National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN), Juanita oversaw the construction and opening of the museum located at the Lorraine Motel, the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Juanita currently serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of the International Council of Museums - United States, Midtown Detroit, Inc., and CultureSource, and was appointed by Governors Granholm and Snyder to the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission. Juanita has served as past President of the Board of the Association of African American Museums.