50 years. One half-century. That is the length of time from the initial founding of the museum until today, initiated by Detroit obstetrician Dr. Charles H. Wright and a racially integrated group of citizens concerned about preserving the history and inspiring the aspirations of a people.
50 years. One half-century. Selma. The Voting Rights Act. The assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. The election of Coleman Young. The release of Nelson Mandela and the end of Apartheid. Our first African American President of these United States of America, Barack Obama.
50 Years. One half-century. The International Afro-American Museum at 1549 West Grand Boulevard. The IAM traveling museum. The Museum of African American History at 301 Frederick Douglass Avenue. The groundbreaking at 315 East Warren Avenue. The renaming of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
50 years. One half-century. Of learning, of exploration, of edification, of pride, of celebration, of community. For the community, with the community, and by the community. Thank you for being an integral part of the first 50 years of The Wright Museum.
Let the Celebration Begin
In honor of our 50th anniversary, we are pleased to present our 2015 calendar featuring vibrant photography, information on upcoming museum programs and events, quotes from community leaders, and important dates in African American history. These commemorative keepsakes are available for purchase in the museum store, or as a courtesy copy when making a donation. To learn more, call (313) 494-5800 or speak with a guest services associate on your next visit.
This anniversary is a milestone for the museum, its supporters, the City of Detroit and the entire metropolitan region. Our celebration will continue throughout 2015, with many highlights along the way. There has never been a better time to visit, or to join us as a member, donor, or volunteer. Our vision is of a world in which the adversity and achievement of African American history inspire everyone toward greater understanding, acceptance, and unity. African American history is American history, and we all share its stories. This museum belongs to each and every one of us. Come be a part of it!
Click here to download our January 2015 Member Newsletter