AFROTOPIA Is Now: The Wright's Weekly Update April 27 - May 3 - The Charles H. Wright Museum Blog

AFROTOPIA Is Now: The Wright's Weekly Update April 27 - May 3

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17th ANNUAL FORD FREEDOM AWARD: Special Member Discount
Tuesday, May 5 at 7 PM at the Max M. Fisher Music Center
Ford Motor Company and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History present the 17th Annual Ford Freedom Award featuring a special concert performance through the GRAMMY Foundation® by recording artist and GRAMMY-nominee Ledisi. This year’s theme, Celebrating Technopreneurs: Builders of the Innovation Economy salutes the late engineer and inventor Elijah McCoy; Laura Weidman Powers, founder of CODE2040, an organization that provides fellowship opportunities in Silicon Valley for African Americans and Latinos in engineering; and Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein, for their technological efforts creating social impact in underrepresented communities. Award presenters include rapper Big Sean, Van Jones (Yes We Code), Victoria Secret Model and app developer Lyndsey Scott, and Flying Classroom founder Barrington Irving.

In recognition of The Wright’s 50th anniversary, the names of five notable local inductees will be added to the Ring of Genealogy and recognized at the award program. These include former Secretary of State Richard Austin, the first African American elected to statewide office; Robert Hayden, America’s first black poet laureate; Erma Henderson, the first African American woman to serve on the Detroit City Council; Charles Hill, founding pastor of Hartford Avenue Baptist Church and fair housing and labor rights activist; and radio legend Martha Jean “The Queen” Steinberg.

Tickets are $40 each or $35 for Wright Museum members (museum members: enter promo code MemberFFA15). A special, limited availability $185 VIP ticket includes a celebrity red carpet experience, private reception, valet parking, refreshments and more. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at (313) 576-5111, or at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office.

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30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workout ($)
Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30 pm
Take back control of your health with a weekly zumba workout with Theresa Taylor of T Taylor Fitness! Free for members, $5 for non-members. Attend 8 consecutive sessions and receive a complimentary museum membership, making your next 12 months FREE! For more information please email 30 Days To Lose It! is sponsored by Beaumont Health System and St. John Providence Health System.

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Wednesday - Sunday, April 29 - May 3
Using the theories and aesthetic of the arts movement Afrofuturism, the AFROTOPIA Film Series is a beautiful mix of sci-fi and surreal shorts, documentaries, art videos, animation, and feature length films. Join us as we travel the cosmos, watch time bend, and explore new worlds here on earth! The series runs Wednesday - Sunday daily at 6 PM, with a Sunday youth screening at 2 PM and adult screening at 4 PM. Admission is $10 or $5 for youth; Wright Museum member adults $8 and free for youth members. Purchase tickets at For more information email or visit

Wednesday, April 29
• Children of Nan by Alisha Wormsley (United States)
• Robots in Brixton by Kibwe Tavares (England)
• Last Angel of History directed by John Akomfrah (England)

Thursday, April 30
Touch written and directed by Shola Amoo (England)
Telescope directed and edited by Collin Davis (United States)
Homecoming written and directed by Jim Chuchu (Kenya)
Future Sounds of Mzansi by Spoek Mathambo and Lebogang Rasethaba (South Africa)

Friday, May 1
• Black Radical Imagination curated by Amir George and Erin Christovale (African Diaspora)
• Talk with the curators

Saturday, May 2
Pumzi written and directed by Wanuri Kahiu (Kenya)
Afronaut written and directed by Frances Bodomo (Ghana)
War Witch directed by Kim Nguyen (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Sunday, May 3
2 PM Youth Screening: Black Panther by Reginald Hudlin (United States)
4 PM: Noise Gate directed by Vim Crony (United States)
Space Mound by Alan Lucey and Stefan Klecheski (United States)
Space is the Place directed by John Coney, written by Sun Ra (United States)

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Links To Science presented by the Renaissance Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
Saturday, May 2 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.

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Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Sunday, May 3 at 5 pm
Get your groove on with our weekly hustle lessons, taught by instructor Thomasenia Johnson of Two Left Feet. Free for Members, $7 for non-members. Purchase 5 lessons and receive a complimentary museum membership, making your next 12 months of hustle lessons FREE! For more information, please call (313) 494-5800.
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Current Exhibitions

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...

Shadow Matter: The Rhythm of Structure – Afro Futurism to Afro Surrealism
Through August 30, 2015
This one-man show features works by New York sculptor and Inkster, Michigan-native M. Scott Johnson. Scott’s education as a sculptor began in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where he studied traditional and contemporary stone sculpting under master sculptor, national hero and elder statesman of Zimbabwe stone sculpture Nicholas Mukomberanwa (1940 - 2002). Scott’s work has also been strongly influenced by African American techno music, Ndyuka and Saramaka graphic art forms, Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi, and Makonde sculpture. Click here to read more...

The Nataki Way: 36th Anniversary of the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit
Through October 11, 2015
The Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit (NTSD) joyously celebrates 36 years of service to its students, parents, employees, and community. Carmen and George N'Namdi founded NTSD as a private school in 1978 to honor the memory of their fourteen-month-old daughter, Nataki Talibah N'Namdi, who died in 1974. The names Nataki and Talibah are from central Africa. Nataki (Nah-TAH-kee) means of high birth and Talibah (Tah-LEE-bah) means seeker after knowledge. Thus the school's name is both an important tribute as well as an expression of aspiration. Click here to learn more...

I, Charles H. Wright: My Story
Through February 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...

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