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President's Message, September 2012
Juanita Moore, President & CEO

As another summer draws to a close and our children return to school, it's important for us to reflect on the educational impact the Museum is having in this community. One area in which the Museum can play a galvanizing role is in literacy – and that work has begun, with programs encouraging a lifelong love of reading for our younger visitors and their families.

Our Camp Africa program, reconfigured as a pilot program with the Detroit Public Schools, served over 3,800 children this summer. July's Jerry Pinkney Celebrity Children's Book Fair included over 2,000 book giveaways, thanks to First Book. Our weekly Super Summer Storytime enjoyed its second year and provided an enriching experience for families and daycare groups. Further, vocabulary and literacy will be an ongoing focus for programs, tours and workshops involving our Children's Discovery Room.

We will continue these efforts, which have been made possible by the fundraising efforts of the dedicated women of the Literacy Gala Host Committee, and our corporate partners. Their efforts will be celebrated at
The Wright Gala 2012: La Bibliothèque on Saturday, September 8, which promises to be an event not to be missed.

We don't see this as a departure from our core mission of education. Given the incredible challenge of illiteracy – and the crucial role literacy plays in awareness, self-esteem, and opportunity – meaningful change is going to take the participation and resources of the entire community, including The Wright Museum.

30 Days To Lose It! Season 3 Kickoff
Tuesday 9/4 at 6 pm
Kickoff season 3 of 30 Days To Lose It! with free health screenings provided by Henry Ford Institute on Multicultural Health, meet & greet with Carla Triplett (NBC Season 7 "Biggest Loser"), massages by Roderick’s Therapeutic Massage ($), and healthy refreshments from Keith Pierce, owner of the former Angel’s Café, Ferndale ($) at 6 pm, followed by remarks from Carol Stramler, Miss USA 1990 and first runner-up to Miss Universe and a cardio dance workout with Lazet Michaels Boatman, CEO, The "Life Center" Private Fitness Facility.  Sponsors of 30 Days to Lose It! include Beaumont Health System and St. John Providence Health System.  Free for members, $5 for non-members.  Attend 8 consecutive sessions and receive a complimentary museum membership, making your next 12 months FREE!  Click here to learn more...

2012 Wright Benefit Gala: For The Love of Literacy
Saturday 9/8 at 7:30 pm
First Lady of the City of Detroit Yvette Bing and Co-Chairs Jo Coleman, Jennifer Fischer, Cynthia Ford and Kim Reuss present the return of The Wright Gala this September 8 at 7:30 pm.  Attendees can expect a sumptuous feast for the senses, including fine dining, international entertainment, and... the unexpected!  Proceeds benefit The Wright Museum and support its programs including the presentation of the Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney exhibit and this summer's literacy programming.  Gala tickets start at $250 (After Affair tickets are available at $75) and can be purchased online by clicking here, by phone at (800) 838-3006, or at the Museum's Information Desk.  For sponsorship, please call (313) 494-5853 or click here to email sponsorship@chwmuseum.orgClick here to learn more...
Grandparents Day
Sunday 9/9 from 3 - 7 pm
AARP Michigan
and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History invite you to spend an afternoon with your grandchild at the Museum as we celebrate the unique role of grandparents.  This free, fun-filled afternoon has something for all ages, the Ultimate Wii Experience, museum exhibits, a resource fair and much more.  Refreshments will be served, and there will be free valet parking.  Please call 877-926-8300 to register by September 4!  Click here to learn more...
Liberation Film Series
Premieres Saturday 9/15 at 2 pm
The Liberation Film Series: 2012-2013 Season premieres with a free screening of The Black Power Mixtape 1967 - 1975, followed by the discussion, Lessons of the Black Power Movement, with Dr. Gloria House and Dr. Stephen Ward, in the Museum's General Motors Theater.  This monthly series offers the regional community a refreshingly new opportunity to experience a season of culturally important, conscious, enlightening, and engaging films.  Immediately following each film, a speaker-led interpretation and Q&A session will provide the audience with deeper insights.  To encourage literacy, a bibliography, supplemental reading materials, and useful links for each film are accessible on the Museum’s website, and the speaker’s books and related texts available at the venue.  Click here to learn more...

8th Biennial Awards for Excellence Legacy Dinner
Saturday 9/22 at 5 pm
Sponsored by The Friends Committee of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, this dinner celebration honors the legacy of Museum founder Dr. Charles H. Wright by recognizing members of the local community who exemplify excellence in their fields of endeavor.  The ceremony will also include a "Where Are They Now" recognition of individuals delivered by Dr. Wright between 1953 and 1985 - if you are one of Dr. Wright’s “babies” and would like to be included in the souvenir booklet, please provide your name, career, and baby and/or current photo to Will Cooper at coope45@aol.com or Stephanie Wright-Griggs at zfp2007@aol.com.  Doors open for the Legacy Dinner at 5 pm, with cocktails at 5:30 pm followed by dinner, awards presentation, and afterglow.  Jerome Clark is the featured entertainer.  Tickets are $60 and can be purchased from The Wright Museum Gift Shop at (313) 494-5873, Brunette Vinson at (313) 865-3929 or any Friends Committee member.

In The Footsteps of Mandela 12-Day South Africa Vacation & Safari
October 8 - 19, 2013
Join fellow patrons, staff members and supporters of The Wright Museum on this amazing journey through the vibrant Rainbow Nation.  Discover Nelson Mandela's South Africa through a collection of unique excursions and soulful encounters.  This exclusive itinerary comes complete with most meals, luxurious accommodations, numerous excursions, plus round trip air transportation from Detroit.  Please click here to download the brochure.  For information or to book your reservation call (800) 321-0040.

Current Exhibitions

Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney
FINAL WEEK: Through September 9, 2012

This retrospective exhibition traces illustrator Jerry Pinkney's 50-year career producing some of the most highly acclaimed children's books of our time.  A popular and critically acclaimed artist, Jerry Pinkney was recently presented with the prestigious Caldecott Medal, awarded to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children that year.  The recipient of five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards, four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, and a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Illustrators in New York, the artist has also served on the Board of the National Endowment for the Arts, and on the National Postal Service’s Citizen Stamp Advisory Council.  "Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney" has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and is sponsored locally by the General Motors Foundation. Click here to learn more...

Moving to His Own Beat - Fela: The Man, The Movement, The Music
Through November, 2012
Created in partnership with Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, this exhibit examines the life of Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti in the realms of music, culture, and politics, and preludes the arrival of the off-Broadway smash musical, Fela!, in February, 2012.  Fela's undying passion for African peoples, understanding of the power of art and politics, and unyielding struggle against the colonial forces in Nigeria during the 1950s and 1960s, solidified his legacy as a shimmering agent of change against the status quo.  He spoke out against the ruling government, returned to African traditions that had been interrupted during Colonialism, and brilliantly used his music as a medium for social change.  Always pushing the envelope, Fela infused traditional African highlife music with classical jazz and funk, which evolved into a unique sound that he called, “Afrobeat.”  The powerful music and social commentary found throughout his vast catalogue of recordings is indicative of his desire to help end oppression among African peoples everywhere.  Click here to learn more...

The Chris Webber Collection: Exceptional People During Extraordinary Times, 1755 - Present
Through November, 2012
Chris Webber, Detroit native, National Basketball Association All-Star player (retired) and NBA announcer, collects rare artifacts that illuminate the lives and legacies of African American greats such as Phillis Wheatley, the first African American author; Rosa Parks , mother of the modern civil rights movement; civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many others.  Viewers get a glimpse of their heritage and learn about a different facet of Chris Webber, basketball player, philanthropist, and collector of African American history.  Click here to learn more...

Great American Artists - Part III: The Seeds
Opening September 6, 2012
This yearlong exhibition features the works of a consortium of Detroit artists in a three-part series subtitled, "Roots, Branches, and Seeds."  This cooperative provides the group a means of documenting and preserving each artist’s image and their careers.  In this third installment, the works of Endia Beal, Sydney James and Mario Moore form the “Seeds” of the group. They have used inspiration derived from the exhibit's first two parts - The Roots and Branches - to create works that address the social issues of today. 
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A Very Present Force: Celebrating 100 Years of the Detroit Branch NAACP
Opening October 2, 2012
This ambitious exhibit showcasing the efforts and achievements of the Detroit Branch NAACP since its founding in 1912 will be divided into three sections, and will touch on Detroit’s deep connection to the south, and the history of the boycotts, demonstrations, and advocacy led by the Detroit NAACP.  Significant attention will be given to the organization’s role in the 1926 Ossian Sweet Trial.  In addition, the chronological journey will bring visitors face-to-face with the role of the Detroit NAACP during Detroit’s rise as the “Motor City” and their connections to the labor movement.  Following its debut and stay at The Wright Museum (through March 3, 2013), the exhibit will be permanently installed at the headquarters of the Detroit Branch NAACP on Second Avenue.

Upcoming Events
8/30 @ 6 pm: Lecture by Izak-El Mu’eed Pasha | Multipurpose Room
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9/4 @ 6 pm: 30 Days To Lose It! Season 3 Kickoff ($) | Multipurpose Room
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9/6 @ 6 pm: Half the Sky Film Screening & Discussion | Multipurpose Room
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9/8 @ 7:30 pm: The Wright Gala: La Bibliothèque ($)| Ford Freedom Rotunda
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9/9 from 1 - 5 pm: Charter One Free Family Second Sunday
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9/9 from 3 - 7 pm: Grandparents Day | Click here to learn more...
9/9 @ 5 pm: Hustle For History Weekly Dance Lessons ($) | Click here to learn more...
9/11 @ 7:30 pm: 30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workout ($) | Multipurpose Room Click here to learn more...
9/15 @ 2 pm: Black Power Mixtape 1965 - 1975 Film Screening & Discussion | General Motors Theater
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9/16 @ 5 pm: Hustle For History Weekly Dance Lessons ($) | Ford Freedom Rotunda
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9/18 @ 7:30 pm: 30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workout ($) | Multipurpose Room Click here to learn more...
9/19 online at TheWright.org: Voices of the Civil War Episode 8
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9/19 @ 6 pm: Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Monthly Meeting | Classrooms Click here to learn more...
9/22 @ 5 pm: 8th Biennial Awards for Excellence Legacy Dinner ($) | Ford Freedom Rotunda Click here to learn more...
9/23 @ 5 pm: Hustle For History Weekly Dance Lessons ($) | Ford Freedom Rotunda Click here to learn more...
9/25 @ 7:30 pm: 30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workout ($) | Multipurpose Room Click here to learn more...
9/28 @ 6 pm: Mother2Mother ~ An Evening of Hope | Ford Freedom Rotunda Click here to learn more...
9/30 @ 5 pm: Hustle For History Weekly Dance Lessons ($) | Ford Freedom Rotunda Click here to learn more...
PLEASE NOTE: metered parking on Warren and Farnsworth is now being enforced
until 10 pm Monday through Saturday. 

There is free parking on Brush Street, and the Cultural Center parking lot
is $5 before 4 pm and $3 afterwards.

Museum programming is sponsored in part by the generous support of our community partners:

You May Have Missed...

Voices of the Civil War Episode 7 "The Day of the Big Gun Shoot"

"30th African World Festival Doesn't Disappoint" by Leah Johnson

"A New (Digital) Liberation?" by Gregory Lucas-Myers

"The Drum Major Instinct - Be Great by Serving Others" by Leah Johnson

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• 20% off meals at Union Street Restaurant


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