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Juanita Moore
Juanita Moore, President & CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African Americ
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President's Message, October 2012

What an incredible summer we had this year at The Wright Museum! The opening night of the 20th Concert of Colors once again attracted a standing-room only crowd in the General Motors Theater. We honored the 90th birthday of one of Detroit’s own legal legends, Judge Damon J. Keith, and shined a spotlight on literacy at the Jerry Pinkney Celebrity Children’s Book Fair weekend. The 30th annual African World Festival began a proud, new tradition at the Museum with over 100,000 attendees!  And September was spectacular, with a Grandparents Day celebration of over 2,000 intergenerational participants hosted by the Women’s Committee, the 30 Days To Lose It! season 3 kickoff, and the launch of the monthly Community Cinema and Liberation Film Series programs.  Lastly, the legacy of Museum founder Dr. Charles Wright was honored at the 8th Biennial Legacy Dinner held September 22, an event that sold out 4 weeks prior. Our congratulations and thanks to the Friends Committee for helping keep Dr. Wright’s legacy alive.

In its own way, fall is a season of new beginnings, at The Wright Museum, and beyond. We’d like to salute our departing Trustees who have fulfilled their terms of service for the Museum. They are Dennis Archer, Jr., president, Archer Corporate Services; Dr. Robert Bland, former executive vice president, Lewis College of Business (retired); Don Coleman, chairman and CEO, GlobalHue; Robert Davis, MDOT senior advisor, State of Michigan; Rev. Robert Dulin, Jr., Metropolitan Church of God (retired); Christopher Jackson, managing partner, Jackson Consulting Group; Dr. Arthur Jefferson, president, Arthur Jefferson & Associates; William Jones, Jr., CEO, Focus: HOPE; Sharon O’Niel, former vice president of IT, DTE Energy (retired); and Ronald Reed, Detroit Medical Center (retired). We thank them for their years of service and support, and wish them the very best in everything they do. As Museum COO Tyrone Davenport likes to say, “you’ll always be a part of the family.”

We are so very proud to introduce the incoming Board of Trustees Class of 2012.  They are Michael Bickers, executive vice president, PNC Bank; James Cunningham, partner, Williams Williams Rattner & Plunkett, P.C.; Matthew Davis, senior vice president, Chase Bank; Joyce Hayes Giles, assistant to the chairman & senior vice president, DTE Energy; Dennis Johnson, senior vice-president, Comerica Bank; James McGinnis, Law Office of James McGinnis; Eric Peterson, vice-president of diversity, General Motors; Maureen Roberts, civic leader and philanthropist; and Joni Thrower-Grundy, associate, Miller Canfield P.L.C.  On behalf of the Museum’s staff, supporters and community, we say, “Welcome!”

For The Love of Literacy
Our Camp Africa summer program served 3,800 children from the Detroit Public Schools.  The Jerry Pinkney Celebrity Children’s Book Fair included book signings, talks and classes with the artist, and over 2,000 book giveaways thanks to First Book.  The weekly Super Summer Storytime enjoyed its second year providing enrichment for local families and daycare groups. These efforts were celebrated at The Wright Gala 2012: La Bibliothèque, an amazing event that brought together Museum members, donors, and civic leaders, all in support of this most worthy cause.

Inspiring Minds… and Hearts
Opening November 10 is our new, permanent exhibit, Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science & Technology, a high-tech, hands-on experience honoring trailblazers and contemporaries, and exciting career paths, in the sciences. This project will be a major attraction for families and schools across the region, and could not have happened without the financial support of The Detroit Links, Incorporated, who opened their hearts (and checkbooks) and provided $250,000 towards the exhibition.  We are inspired by their generosity, the fruits of which will inspire minds for many years to come.

Click here to download our October 2012 Member Newsletter

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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 American Alliance of Museums, Midtown Detroit, Inc., and Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan, 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. She is the proud parent of one daughter, Shalewa, who is currently a law student.

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