• November 4, 1865 Wendell Phillips Dabney, newspaper editor and author, was born in Richmond, Virginia. In his senior year of high school, Dabney led a protest of the separation of Black and White students for graduation. The successful protest resulted in the first integrated graduation at the school. Dabney spent 1883 at Oberlin College where he was first violinist at the Oberlin Opera House and a member of the Cademian Literary Club. From 1884 to 1890, Dabney taught at a Virginia elementary school. In 1894, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and in 1895 became Cincinnati’s first African American license clerk. From 1898 to 1923, he served as assistant, and then head paymaster in the Cincinnati Department of Treasury. In 1907, Dabney founded The Union newspaper whose motto was “For no people can become great without being united, for in union there is strength.” Dabney edited the paper from its founding until his death June 5, 1952. The paper was influential in shaping the political and social opinions of Cincinnati’s African American citizens. Dabney also served as the first president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Cincinnati chapter when it was established in 1915. He compiled and published “Cincinnati’s Colored Citizens” in 1926 and wrote “Maggie L. Walker: The Woman and Her Work” in 1927. In 1950, the National Convention of Negro Publishers honored Dabney as a pioneer and leader in African American journalism.
The Women’s Committee, whose main goal is to raise funds for the museum, also hosts a silent auction during the wine tasting affair every year. General admission tickets are only $60; limited VIP tickets are available from $100. Purchase tickets at the museum, by phone at (800) 838-3006, or online at http://thewright.org. Phone and online tickets are subject to service charge.
“We are so delighted with the members of The Women’s Committee who have donated their time and talent to help the Wright,” said Juanita Moore, President/CEO. “This awesome committee of volunteers helps so much to further our mission of art, literacy and culture in the African American community. Their events are amazing.”
About the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Founded in 1965 and located at 315 East Warren Avenue in 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. For more information please visit TheWright.org or call (313) 494-5800. Follow the Wright on social media: Twitter @thewrightmuseum Instagram @thewrightmuseum Facebook @thewrightmuseum