An American Success Story: The Wright's Weekly Update April 20 - 26 - The Charles H. Wright Museum Blog

An American Success Story: The Wright's Weekly Update April 20 - 26

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TONIGHT: My American Success Story Lecture & Book Signing by Roy Roberts
Monday, April 20 at 6 pm
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History invites you to a reception and book signing for "My American Success Story: Always the First, Never the Last," the autobiography of Roy Roberts, who became known as "GM's $100 Billion Man" during his barrier-breaking career at General Motors Corporation. Free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. To RSVP call (313) 494-5853, or email

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30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workout ($)
Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 pm
Take back control of your health with 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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Voices of the Civil War Episode 39
Wednesday, April 22 online at
Voices of the Civil War is a five-year film series dedicated to celebrating and commemorating the Civil War over the course of the sesquicentennial. Each month, new episodes cover pertinent topics that follow the monthly events and issues as they unfolded for African Americans during the Civil War. Within these episodes there are various primary sources – letters and diaries, newspaper reports, and more - to recount various experiences of blacks during this period. View previous episodes and join in the conversation at the Voices of the Civil War blog at Free.

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World Intellectual Property Day 2015
Thursday, April 23 from 3 - 10 pm
Get Up, Stand Up For Music! Are you an aspiring musician, interested in the entertainment business, a law student interested in intellectual property, or searching for information about patents, trademarks, and copyrights? Then come to World Intellectual Property Day 2015! This year's theme is Copyrights and Music, and includes "how-to" seminars, presentations, testimonials from professionals, and keynote by attorney Howard Hertz, Partner at Hertz-Schram, who has represented Eminem and Atlantic Records and is president of the Detroit Music Awards Foundation. Free. Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. Please RSVP or

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Money Smart for Teens Panel Discussion
Friday, April 24 at 6 pm
As part of the national Money Smart Week observation, this panel discussion will feature a variety of leading young professionals who will speak to financial matters for teens. For more information call (313) 494-5800. Free.

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Family Activity Series Printmaking Workshop
Saturday, April 25 at 12 pm
Join in the celebration of The Wright's 50th anniversary with this regular Saturday activity series for the whole family! Come and discover the fun of printmaking - add color and splash creatively to the print that you will take home with you. Free.

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Money Smart for Women Panel Discussion
Saturday, April 25 at 1 pm
As part of the national Money Smart Week observation, this panel discussion will feature a variety of leading experts discussing finance and money matters for women, including author Glinda Bridgeforth. Free.

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Meet the Scientist Saturday featuring Curtis Chapman & Kenneth Crutcher
Saturday, April 25 at 2 pm
Do you know a curious student, a young Einstein, or a future tech wizard who is always thinking of the next big thing? 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! This month, meet Curtis Chapman, a civil engineer and former inspector for the Michigan Department of Transportation, who has worked in road and bridge construction for more than 40 years; and Kenneth Crutcher of Crutcher, Studio, Inc., a licensed architect and professor of interior design! Free.

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Posh Deux 2015 Experience
Saturday, April 25 from 7 - 10 pm
The Posh Deux 2015 Experience will highlight the hottest designers, hairstylists and creative make-up artists around and throughout the metro Detroit area. A portion of the night's proceeds will be donated to Detroit United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. General admission tickets $35, VIP $60. For tickets, vendor tables, sponsorships and advertising, call (248) 871-7674 or visit
ASALH Detroit SOUP Event to Support African American History Projects

This event has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date. Thank you!

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Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Sunday, April 26 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.

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 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...

You May Have Missed...

President's Message, April 2015

April Member Newsletter, The Wright Times (PDF download)

A Purposeful Contribution: The Wright's April 2015 eZine

Voices of the Civil War Episode 38: "Battle of Natural Bridge"

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