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2016 WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH AT THE WRIGHT MUSEUM: BEYOND STRONG

Black WOMEN Rock! + A Month Full of Events to Highlight the Many Strengths of Women

DETROIT, MI – February 23, 2016: This March, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History recognizes Women's History Month with 25 special programs including concerts, films, guest speakers, and more to applaud and uplift women of all ages, races, and backgrounds. Most of these events are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the museum, located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit's Cultural Center. A complete schedule is attached; of special note are the following:

Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the jess Care moore Foundation and Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History present Black WOMEN Rock! Saturday, March 5 at 6:30 PM. This year's concert, to be held at the Museum, has already sold out; an overflow area, featuring vendors and a live-stream of the show, will take $5 donations for the children of Flint. Performers include jessica Care moore, Kat Dyson (guitar player for Prince), Lessie Voner, Nik West, Shelley Nicole, Indeeyah, Divinity Rocks, Steffanie Christ'ian, and many more.

Rounding out the weekend, on Thursday, March 3 at 6 PM an accompanying visual art exhibition curated by Sabrina Nelson will be showcased at The Baltimore Gallery, located at 314 E. Baltimore. On Sunday, March 6 at 12:30 PM, the all-ages "They Say I'm Different" artist talk featuring the concert's performers will be held at the Museum. Sunday and Thursday's events are free and open to the public.

In 2004, Moore created Black WOMEN Rock! in conjunction with The National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta to showcase independent women artists of color who make a living as composers, guitarist, vocalist, producers and art educators in the rock & roll genre.

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 Wright Museum is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. For more information, please visit TheWright.org.


SPECIAL EVENTS

SOLD OUT: Black Women Rock! Concert ($)

Saturday, March 5 at 7 PM / Doors at 6:30 PM

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History proudly presents the 2016 Black Women Rock! concert. For overflow info visit TheWright.org.

Black Women Rock! Artist Talk: They Say I'm Different

Sunday, March 6 at 12:30 PM

Hear from the rocking group of women who make up the critically acclaimed concert, Black Women Rock! This FREE forum provides valuable insight and advice for artists and performers of all ages. For more information visit blackwomenrock.com. Free.

Writing My Wrongs with Shaka Senghor

Monday, March 14 at 6:30 PM

Hear the turbulent yet triumphant story of Shaka Senghor one day after the air date of his interview with Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday as he walks us through his nineteen-year incarceration, which positioned him as a writer, community activist and inspirational speaker. Senghor's new memoir Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison will be available for purchase and signing. Free.

Beyond Strong: Women's History Month Tribute

Friday, March 25 at 7 PM

In an annual tribute dedicated to honoring women who have blazed trails and inspired others to forge their own, ing with us at this joyous musical event to close out Women's History Month. Free.

Camp Africa: Spring Session
March 28 - April 1, 2016
This free, week-long day camp experience for children ages 7 - 12 includes immersions into African cultures, literacy, and performing and visual arts! For more information including online registration TheWright.org/campafrica.


FAMILY

Links to Science presented by the Renaissance Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

Saturdays, March 5 & 12 at 1:30 PM

Let members of The Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Inc. be your children's guide to inspiration as they explore the wonders and wizards of science in this hands-on exhibit, Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology. Free.


Family Activity Series presents Arts and Crafts

Saturdays, March 12 & 19 at 1 PM

Everyone can enjoy The Wright Museum with this FREE Saturday activity series for the whole family! Create a colorful mandala inspired by Aboriginal paintings currently featured the exhibit, No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting. Free.


Ford Free Second Sunday

Sunday, March 13 from 1 - 5 PM

Take advantage of the FREE* admission every second Sunday of the month courtesy of Ford Motor Company! Excluding guided group tours. For group tour information please call (313) 494-5808 or email tours@thewright.org.) Free.


Don Barden Foundation Interactive Storytime

Sunday, March 13 at 2 PM

Do you want your child to love reading? Then you'll love being a part of Interactive Storytime where music, movement, and literacy collide. This interactive performance puts your kids right in the story - and they take home a free book! Free.


PERFORMANCE & FILM

1st Annual Marcus Belgrave Scholarship Concert ($)

Thursday, March 10 at 7 PM

Listen to the sultry jazz sounds of Joan Belgrave and an all-star line-up including Geri Allen, Karriem Riggins, Marion Hayden, Rayse Biggs, Dwight Adams and James Carter. General seating $25.


Liberation Film Series presents Female Circumcision in America

Saturday, March 12 at 2 PM

Guest author Moyna Uddin brings volume to a commonly hushed topic. A screening of film The Land of No Men: Inside Kenya's Women-Only Village will precede Uddin's discussion, followed by a book signing of featured title Her Sudan Man, His Circumcised Wife. Free.


For the Love of Women Concert featuring Ola Onabule ($)

Thursday, March 24 at 6 PM

Presented in partnership with Jazz Network Foundation, Inc., U.K. born Nigerian jazz and R&B singer Ola Onabule honors the Women's Committee and women of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. General admission $20.


Black Tears Book Signing by author Gloria G. Williams and Film: Dark Girls

Wednesday, March 30 at 6 PM

Learn about the continuing impact of enslavement consciousness as it relates to skin color, self-esteem, male/female and global race relations. Featured film Dark Girls goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world. Free.


HEALTH & WELLNESS

A Citywide Call for Inner Peace: Learn the Art of Meditation featuring Teaching Monk, L.P. Pasura and Moderator, Ciarra Ross

Sunday, March 20 at 5 PM

This global healing initiative is designed to generate inner peace in order to establish and sustain world peace. Free.


Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)

Sundays at 5 PM

Work your muscles, strengthen your bones, and improve your health with weekly hustle lessons, taught by Thomasenia Johnson of Two Left Feet. Purchase five lessons and receive a museum membership, making your next 12 months free! $7 or free for members.


30 Days to Lose It! Weekly Workouts ($)

Tuesdays at 7:30 PM

Want to slim down, stay in shape or just be healthy? Join us for SEASON 6 of 30 Days To Lose It! a weekly workout that was inspired by the TV show, The Biggest Loser. This workout is FREE for museum members and $5 for non-members. Attend 8 consecutive sessions and receive a complimentary museum membership, making your next 12 months free!


EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

Black Australia & Tasmania: Eastern Extensions of the African World

Sunday, March 6 at 3 PM

Join historian, public lecturer, and author Dr. Runoko Rashidi for a book signing and discussion on his lifelong work of documenting the Global African presence. His works include Introduction to the Study of African Classical Civilizations (1993) and Unchained African Voices, a collection of poetry and prose by Death Row inmates at California's San Quentin maximum-security prison. Free.


84th Anniversary of the 1932 Ford Hunger March - Massacre: Tribute to Dave Moore and UAW Local 600

Monday, March 7 at 6 PM

Presented in partnership with the Wayne State University's Walter P. Reuther Library and UAW Local 600 are speakers Dr. Beth Tompkins Bates, Tony Paris, Esq., Kirsten Chinery, and Frank Joyce to discuss the 1932 Ford Hunger March and 2016 Human Rights Violations. Special video presentation included and Book Signing: The Making of Black Detroit in the Age of Henry Ford by Beth Tompkins Bates. Free.

Power Lecture Series featuring Director, Producer, Actor: Vondie Curtis Hall

Saturday, March 19 at 2 PM

Featuring special guest speaker, director, producer & actor, Vondie Curtis Hall, and a screening of the film Redemption starring Jamie Foxx focused on the life of Stanley "Tookie' Williams. Free.


From King's Dream to Obama's Promise: Book Signing by Dr. Cynthia Flemings

Sunday, March 20 at 2 PM

Native Detroiter and author Professor Emerita at Duke University and Oral History expert, Dr. Cynthia Flemings provide rare insight on the legacy of Dr. King and the presidency of Barack Obama. Free.


Race First: 100th Anniversary of UNIA in the US featuring Scholar Paul Lee

Wednesday, March 23 at 6 PM

Be a part of Marcus Garvey's legacy as the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL) celebrates a century of existence. Free.


What the Word Be: Why Black English is The King's English

Wednesday, March 31 at 7 PM

Hear author Diane Procter Reeder's fresh interpretation of the Bible as she explores the connection between Black English and biblical text.Free.


Meet the Scientist Saturday with David Head & Dr. Terrance Dillard

Saturday, March 26 at 2 PM

Do you know a curious student, a young Einstein, or a future tech wizard? Bring them to discover and explore science with activities led by scientists and technologists with the hands-on exhibit, Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology! Free.


From Lindy Hop to Hip Hop featuring Paulette Brockington

Wednesday, March 30 at 1 PM

Learn important historical markers in the history of African American dance with live demonstrations by award-winning dancer Paulette Brockinton. All ages. Free.


Blackballed: The Black & White Politics of Race on America's Campuses
Wednesday, March 30 at 7 PM
Join Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Gamma Lambda Chapter (Detroit Alphas) for a book signing and conversation about race on today's college campuses with Lawrence Ross (APA). Free.


NIGHTLIFE

Mahogany @ The Museum presents My Sister/My Brother ($)

Friday, March 11 at 6 PM

Tired of the division? Well join us as men pay tribute to women… and women pay tribute to men with a night of entertainment dedicated to love of the opposite sex. Hosted by Joel "Fluent" Greene. For more info visit TheWright.org.


The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers presents Betrayal & Trust ($)

Friday, March 18 at 8 PM

Real People. True Stories. Told Live. The award-winning Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers is back for another highly-acclaimed live curated, storytelling event. Hosted by creator and producer Satori Shakoor. Info & tickets at secretstorytellers.com.


EXHIBITIONS

And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture

Permanent Exhibition

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. Free with museum admission.

Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology

Permanent Exhibition

This high-tech exhibit highlights trailblazers, contemporaries and careers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics 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 particular focuses on African American women in science, black aviators, black inventors, medical ethics, and key historical figures such as George Washington Carver. Free with museum admission.

No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting

January 18 - May 15, 2016

The rise of the Aboriginal Australian art movement in the early 1970s ushered in an artistic revolution. As the twenty-first century approached, Aboriginal artists across the continent began transforming their traditional iconographies into more abstract styles of art making. Speaking across cultures, without sacrificing their distinctive identities, they found new ways to express the power of the ancestral narratives of the Dreaming.

Postmarked: The African American Stamp on History

December 15, 2015 – March 27, 2016

Postmarked: The African American Stamp on History was created from the Black Heritage Stamp Series, a collection generously donated by the United States Postal Service. These commemoratives are presented with the idea that stamps are a different way of telling stories. The Black Heritage Stamp Series promotion began in 1978, is the longest running series of its kind, and one of the most popular philately ventures the Postal Service has ever undertaken.

Collect: The Power of Knowing

October 31, 2015 - March 27, 2016

Curated by Dr. Cledie Collins Taylor, Collect: The Power of Knowing honors art collectors who have preserved and shown us works 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

I, Charles H. Wright: My Story

March 10, 2015 - February 5, 2016

This year, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History reaches a milestone in the history of the institution - it's 50th anniversary. To celebrate this august achievement the museum presents an exhibition centered on the life of the man who started it: Charles Howard Wright, M.D. (1918-2002). 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.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

315 East Warren Avenue • Detroit, MI 48201 • (313) 494-5800

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Museum Hours

Tuesday – Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM | Sundays 1 – 5 PM

Admission

Adults (13+) $8 | Seniors (62+) & Youth (3 - 12) $5 | Members and children under 3 FREE

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