A Bountiful Harvest: The Wright's November 2015 eZine - The Charles H. Wright Museum Blog

A Bountiful Harvest: The Wright's November 2015 eZine

» President's Message, November 2015
» Inhumanity & Justice Film Screening of The Killing Fields: a Community Partner Project with Michigan Opera Theatre's The Passenger
» Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute Film Screening: Slavery by Another Name
» Inspired by Ebony Fashion Fair with former Fashion Fair model Faye Clerk-Moseley
» Links to Science presented by the Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
» 30 Americans: Film Screening of Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
» 4th annual Detroit Doll Show
» Liberation Film Series presents The History of the Maroons in America
» Passport to African Culture Workshop
» Mahogany at the Museum ($)
» Popular Recurring Programs
» Current Exhibitions
» You May Have Missed...
» Become a Member Today!

Letter from the President, October 2015
Juanita Moore, President & CEO

Around the world we have our harvest festivals to give thanks for the bounty bestowed on us by the Earth, life, and the heavens above. In Africa, there is the Ìkórè of the Yorùbá people, and Iwa ji, or New Yam Festival, of the Igbo people. In Barbados, Crop Over is celebrated. There’s the harvest festival of Britain, and Oktoberfest in Germany. In America, we have Thanksgiving, both in the United States and Canada. As we moved into metropolitan areas and became less involved in the seasonal cycles of agriculture, we’ve adapted these holidays to express gratitude for the many gifts beyond those that nourish our bodies.

It is fitting then, at this time of year, to thank a number of people whose work has resulted in an extraordinary harvest for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. On Saturday, October 10, The Wright Gala honored the museum’s 50th anniversary, and capped a yearlong fundraising effort that has resulted in almost $1.8 million. We owe our gratitude to the 84 women of the gala host committee and its co-chairs Pamela Alexander, director of community development and fund operations for Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, and Faye Nelson, vice president of public affairs for DTE Energy and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. I’d like to especially thank gala chair Vivian Rogers Pickard, president of the General Motors Foundation & director, corporate relations for General Motors Company, who worked tirelessly to make this our single largest fundraiser-to-date.

I’m also honored to announce the addition of four members to our Board of Trustees: Kelli Coleman, executive vice president, GlobalHue; George R. Hamilton, president, Hamilton Consulting International; Tony Saunders, chief restructuring officer, County of Wayne, Michigan; and Howard Sims, founder and chairman, SDG Associates. We look forward to their energy, enthusiasm, and contributions.

Finally, I’m not sure there’s any way to adequately thank a man whose more than 13 years of service to the museum as Trustee, chief operating officer, and donor have made him an “institution within the institution”: Tyrone Davenport. Tyrone retired at the end of October, and leaves enormous shoes to fill - both figuratively and literally. If there’s one thing larger than his résumé of service, it’s his love for The Wright – so we know he’ll stay involved. Please join us in thanking Tyrone, whose dedication we’ll always be grateful for.

Click here to download our October 2015 Member Newsletter

FLAIR: Style, Fashion and You - an extension of Inspiring Beauty | Ebony 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair Exhibition 
Friday, November 6, 2015

1 - 2:30 PM Youth Conversations: Self-Esteem, Self-Image and Empowerment followed by a VIP student walk-through of Inspiring Beauty with Ebony Fashion Fair models

6 - 8 PM Power Dressing, followed by an audience walk-through of Inspiring Beauty with Ebony Fashion Fair models

Join us for a conversation about fashion with featured guests as they share their experiences as former Ebony Fashion Fair® models and their thoughts on how the Fashion Fair influenced perceptions of Beauty, Style and Power for African-Americans during the past five decades. Former Ebony Fashion Fair model and FLAIR (Fashion Legacy Association for Industry Recognition) founder, board chair and president Faye Clerk-Moseley will speak on how fashion empowers people from youth to adults. Joining Clerk-Moseley are native Detroiters and former Ebony Fashion Fair® models, David Dorsey Michelle and Mills Faison. Both events are FREE and open to the public.
The Killing Fields: Inhumanity & Justice Film Series Community Partner Project with Michigan Opera Theatre's The Passenger
Wednesday, November 4 at 6 PM
The Killing Fields explores a genocidal tragedy and its common threads which align with topics in "The Passenger," Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s opera opening at the Michigan Opera Theatre November 14Free.
Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute Film Screening: Slavery by Another Name
Thursday, November 5 at 6 PM
A documentary recounts the insidious new forms of forced labor which emerged in the American South, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage, in the years following the Civil War. Partnership with Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute. Free.
Links to Science presented by the Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
Saturdays, November 7, 14  at 1:30 PM  
Links to Science is an exciting series of free children’s workshops exploring achievements in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Let members of The Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated be your guides to inspiration! Free.
30 Americans: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child 
Wednesday, November 11 at 6 pm
A definitive documentary which chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of Jean-Michel Basquiat. This film goes from his days as a graffiti artist to the days of putting his paint on canvas and becoming a commercial success while being confronted by racism from his peers. After the film, Stephanie James and Bill Harris will speak on the topic of MUSIC + WORD + IMAGE. In partnership with Detroit Institute of Arts. Free.
4th annual Detroit Doll Show ($)
Saturday, November 14 at 1 PM
The Detroit Doll Show is an multi-generational event that is bliss for the imagination, beauty and esteem. Dolls have played a major role in the lives of young people throughout history, and all children should be able to see themselves as a representation of beauty. Click here for tickets and info!
Liberation Film Series: The History of the Maroons in America? 
Saturday, November 14 at 2 pm
Film screening of Qilombo detailing the history of the Maroons in America. After the film guest speaker Dr. Nubia Kai will host a discussion on The Maroon Tradition in the U.S., followed by a book signing of “I Spread My Wings and I Fly.” Free.
Passport to African Culture Workshop
Saturday, November 11 at 1 PM
Come be exposed to wonderfully exciting art works, customs and traditions of the people of Ghana, Mali, Kenya, and the Congo. As evidence of your artistic travels, create a handcrafted “passport book” to keep and to treasure. Free.
Mahogany at the Museum ($)
Friday, November 27 at 8 PM
Local and nationally recognized headlining acts play, read and share in a marketplace café atmosphere. Vendors and live music. Hosted by Joel Fluent Greene.  
Popular Recurring Programs
Sundays at 5 PM: Hustle for History | Tuesdays at 7:30 PM: 30 Days to Lose It! | Saturdays* at 12 PM: Family Activity Series (*11.7,11.21 & 11.28) | Every 2nd Sunday of the*: Interactive Storytelling (*11/8) | Every 2nd Sunday of the month*: Ford Free Sundays (*11/8)

Current Exhibitions

Inspiring Beauty | 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair
Through January 3, 2016

This first-ever exhibition on the Ebony Fashion Fair explores the 50-year history of the fashion spectacle that redefined the concepts of beauty, style, and empowerment for black Americans. Curators Joy Bivins and Virginia Heaven examine the history of the Fair and its creator, director, and producer, Eunice W. Johnson. Inspiring Beauty showcases nearly 100 garments and objects including ensembles and accessories displayed on fully stylized mannequins to create the runway experience, as well as Johnson’s personal effects to tell the full story of these unparalleled events.  Click here to learn more...

And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture
The core experience of The Wright Museum, this 22,000 square-foot exhibition takes visitors through time and across geographic boundaries from prehistoric Africa all the way to modern-day Detroit. Throughout, the efforts of everyday men and women who built families, businesses, educational institutions, spiritual traditions, civic organizations and a legacy of freedom and justice are hailed. Click here to learn more...

Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science & Technology
This high-tech exhibition highlights trailblazers, contemporaries and careers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. African Americans have contributed to the scientific and engineering output of the United States since the 17th century, and this history is brought to life through interactive computer kiosks, a touchscreen video wall, and hands-on activities and play areas. Inspiring Minds introduces individuals from across the spectrum of fields, levels of renown, and from times past and present, with highlights on African American women in science, black aviators, black inventors, medical ethics, and key historical figures such as George Washington Carver. Click here to learn more...

I, Charles H. Wright: My Story
Through March 6, 2016
This year, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History reaches a milestone in the history of the institution - its 50th anniversary. To celebrate this august achievement the museum presents an exhibition centered around the life of the man who started it: Charles Howard Wright, M.D. (1919-2002). A great physician, an intellectual of incredible insight, and a man of solemn dedication to his community, through words and images, documents and objects, the exhibition summarizes his expansive legacy. Click here to learn more...

Bombay Sapphire® Artisan Series 2015
Through December 13, 2015
The Bombay Sapphire® Artisan Series, now in its sixth year, is an annual competition co-presented by Bombay Sapphire® and Russell and Danny Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. The goal of the series is to provide exposure for artists of nearly all visual mediums, allowing them to compete for the chance to have their work showcased at the grand finale event during SCOPE Miami Beach. Click here to learn more...

Collect: The Power of Knowing
October 31, 2015 - March 27, 2016
Welcome to Collect: The Power of Knowing. This exhibition honors collectors who have preserved and shown us works of art that we may not have seen on our own, especially art from the continent of Africa. The works show evidence of our creativity from the distant past to our current times. There is power in knowing this history. Click here to learn more...



You May Have Missed...

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Click here to download our October 2015 Member Newsletter


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• Free admission to the museum
• Free guest pass(es)
• Invitations to Members' Only previews
• Free subscription to the quarterly membership newsletter, The Wright Times
• 10% discount in the museum store
• Special pricing on select museum events
• 20% off meals at Union Street Restaurant


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