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Encore!: Reintroducing the 2016 Ford Freedom Award Essay Contest Winners


In conjunction with the 2016 Ford Freedom Award, Ford Motor Company, in collaboration with Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Detroit Newspapers in Education celebrated the positive contributions of African American men through a statewide essay contest that award over to $10,000 in scholarships. Approximately 1,000 Michigan-based public, private, parochial and home-school students in grades four through eight participated in a student essay contest as part of the African American Men of Courage program. Students were asked to write how these men demonstrate qualities of courage, and tell how those attributes have helped them find success in their own life and community.


Due to the superior skills, moving stories, and unique characteristics showcased by this year's group of finalist, Ford awarded each student with a $250 scholarship. The top five contestants, lead by grand prize winner Damond Dixon, who wrote about his older brother, Aaron, are recognized below. Their prizes ranged from $500 - $5,000 in scholarships. 


(Left to right) Wright Museum Trustee Jimmy Settles, Carrington Wash, Louisa Karoub, Sarah Miller, Damond Dixon, and former Detroit Lion Lomas Brown.

First Place Winner

Damond Dixon, Golightly Education Center, 6th grade

I'm very thankful for having my brother in my life. He gets most of his knowledge form my dad who was also a man of courage. I wouldn't have turned out the same without them. I'm very proud to be his little brother and I think he feels the same way. My big brother Aaron, a man of courage.


Second Place Winner (shared)

Lillian Deering, Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy, 8th grade

... We are set to choose between a path of corruption that is paved with diamonds and trite security and a path laden with infinitely more obstacles, yet glistening of adventurous beauty and daring. The first path is mundane, black and white, whereas, the latter is bursting with color. Only the greatest artists and bohemian souls dare choose the second, date live the life of a romantic. With the guidance of one of the first African Americans to do this, Paul Laurence Dunbar, I will take to the sky.


Author and Ford Courage Award recipient Shaka Senghor with son, Sekou.

Second Place Winner (shared)

Louisa Karoub, West Hills Middle School, 8th grade 

Malcom said to Alex Haley in his autobiography that "I never trusted a man without a watch. A man without a watch does not value time." I am young American, and my intention is to change this planet for the better and my role model is Malcom X. 

Third Place Winner

Carrington Wash, Southfield Christian School, 4th grade

 My grandfather's creativity and love for music inspires my desire to praise and worship God through music, dance, and sign-language. My grandfather, Ernest Kelley, provided me with wings of courage to celebrate the person I am and will become through a lifetime of service and gratitude.


Our Men of Courage, along with President and CEO Juanita Moore and mother of Ford Freedom Honoree Reginald Lewis, Carolyn Fugget.

Fourth Place Winner

Sarah Miller, Trinity Lutheran School, 7th grade

I aspire to model as much courage and provide as much inspiration as Asa Philip Randolph. When the invisible could not speak, he gave them a voice. When the mistreated list all hope, he helped them fight. I dream of the day that I can accomplish a fraction of what Asa Philip Randolph has accomplished; however, nothing is achieved all at once. 

Fifth Place Winner

Dan Brown, Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy, 7th grade

Jaylen D. Bledsoe has shown society that African Americans can do anything if they believe in what they want to do in life. Jaylen D. Bledsoe has many characteristics and qualities, some of which are being smart, honest, encouraging, being confident, and being a motivator. All these characteristics can help me be successful in my life. 

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Usher, Jerome Bettis, Angie Stone and Doug E. Fresh to join Ford Freedom Award Event Celebrating Men of Courage

Usher, Jerome Bettis, Angie Stone and Doug E. Fresh to join Ford Freedom Award Event Celebrating Men of Courage
Ford Freedom Award Scholar Dave Bing

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Usher, Jerome Bettis, Angie Stone and Doug E. Fresh to join Ford Freedom Award Event Celebrating Men of Courage

2016 Ford Freedom Award to honor businessman Dave Bing, an NBA Hall of Famer and former Detroit mayor, and the late business tycoon Reginald F. Lewis, a Wall Street lawyer and philanthropist
First-ever Ford Courage Award honorees to include Shaka Senghor, criminal justice reform advocate, and Jonathan Butler, University of Missouri student activist
Musical performances by Angie Stone, Doug E. Fresh, Avery Wilson and Syncopated Ladies; appearances by Grammy winner Usher and NFL Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis

DEARBORN, Mich., May 9, 2016 – Ford Motor Company, in collaboration with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, will celebrate the positive contributions of African American men at the 18th annual Ford Freedom Award program.

This year's theme – Men of Courage: Advancing the Narrative of African American Men – will celebrate achievements of the past, present and future, while highlighting select African American men for their diverse, complex and valiant stories. The program recognizes the empowering impact of these men on their families and communities, along with their servant leadership, professional excellence and personal courage.

The Ford Freedom Award event takes place May 17, 6-9 p.m., at Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (DSO Orchestra Hall) in Detroit. Tickets are $50 per person. A limited number of platinum VIP reception tickets – which include champagne and a red carpet experience – are available for $150. To purchase tickets or for additional event information, call the music center box office, 313.576.5111, or visit www.fordfreedomaward.com.

"Ford is proud to join the Wright Museum in saluting the positive contributions of African American men," said Ziad Ojakli, group vice president, government and community relations, Ford Motor Company. "Their leadership through family, business and philanthropy has been felt throughout American communities. They are true unsung heroes, and we are proud to honor such a diverse and accomplished group of men this year."

The Ford Freedom Award honoree is a distinguished African American who dedicated his or her life to improving the African American community and the world at large. This year's recipient is the late Reginald F. Lewis, a business tycoon, Wall Street lawyer and philanthropist renowned for his character, generosity and business acumen.

This year's Ford Freedom Award scholar is Dave Bing, founder and chairman, Bing Youth Institute, an NBA Hall of Famer and the 62nd mayor of Detroit. The scholar serves as a living legacy, carrying forth the ideals of the honoree and furthering those achievements for a new generation.

In addition, Ford will present the inaugural Ford Courage Awards honoring three courageous individuals in the areas of family, community and sports. The newly added People's Choice Ford Courage Award will be presented to Shaka Senghor, criminal justice reform advocate, TED Talks presenter and New York Times best-selling author. Senghor was selected via an online nomination video contest established in part through the Men of Courage project.

Other Ford Courage Award honorees expected to be on hand include Kerlin Blaise, former NFL player and successful businessman, president and owner of Blaze Contracting; and Jonathan Butler, University of Missouri graduate student activist and hunger striker. Grammy-nominated artist Angie Stone, hip hop icon Doug E. Fresh, season 3 contestant, The Voice, singer-songwriter and dancer Avery Wilson and famed tap-dancers Syncopated Ladies will perform.

Usher Raymond IV, Grammy award-winning artist and activist, and Jerome Bettis, Detroit native, NFL Hall of Famer and football analyst, will also both attend the event and participate as presenters.

"The Ford Freedom Award provides the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History a unique platform to pay tribute to some of America's greatest influencers," said Juanita Moore, president and CEO, The Wright Museum. "Honoree Reginald Lewis, who was undoubtedly influenced by African American trailblazers that came before him, understood the fundamental importance of African American history in inspiring others to blaze their own trails."

Ford Motor Company's support of the African American community dates back to the early 20th century when it was the largest employer of African Americans in the auto industry. Now, Ford is building on that support with signature initiatives that include Ford Freedom Unsung, Ford Blue Oval Scholars and Historically Black Colleges and Universities Community Challenge.

The Ford Freedom Award program is made possible by a grant from Ford Motor Company Fund, the charitable arm of Ford Motor Company. Proceeds from the Ford Freedom Award event will benefit the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, which is observing its 51st anniversary.

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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company's core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company's plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and data and analytics. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.

About the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History provides learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins. 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 www.TheWright.org.

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RELEASE: HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST RANDALL ROBINSON, ESQ. AT THE WRIGHT MUSEUM FOR TWO-DAY EVENT SPECIAL

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RELEASE: HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST RANDALL ROBINSON, ESQ. AT THE WRIGHT MUSEUM FOR TWO-DAY EVENT SPECIAL

New "People's Lawyers" lecture series premieres with Robinson talk + book signing

Photo Credit: Lamar Lander

April 19, 2016 - DETROIT, MI: Attorney, author, professor and television series producer Randall Robinson will appear for two upcoming events April 23 and 24 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Robinson's first appearance takes place at the launch of the new Charles H. Houston People's Lawyer Series on Saturday, April 23. On Sunday, April 24 at the acclaimed Liberation Film Series, Robinson speaks on his most recent novel, Makeda, and hosts a book signing after the event.

Robinson, professor of law at Penn State Law School and creator, co-producer, and host of the public television human rights series "World on Trial," serves as the keynote speaker for both events.

"A curiosity about, and fascination with, African and African-American history is as vital to our strength as a community as oxygen and water are to human existence," said Robinson. "Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History feeds this curiosity and fascination and – most importantly - clears our path to self-knowledge, self-love and self-preservation."

The Charles Hamilton Houston People's Lawyers Series was inspired by Carl R. Edwards, Esq., Detroit attorney who established and expanded the People's Law School, a community-focused outreach forum in Michigan that evolved into a national model for replication. Edwards is to introduce Randall Robinson at the April 23 program, wherein Robinson speaks on "Reparations and The Prison Menace in Black America." On April 24, Robinson appears at the Liberation Film Series to discuss his most recent novel, Makeda, with a focus on Haiti and Mali. Part coming-of-age story, part spiritual journey, and part love story, Makeda is a universal tale of family, heritage, and the ties that bind. Also included are an excerpt of film Aristide and the Endless Revolution and book signing.

The People's Lawyers Series premiere event begins at 3 PM on April 23 and the Liberation Film Series with Makeda book signing begins at 3 PM on April 24. Both events are free and open to the public.

About Randall Robinson

Randall Robinson, Esq., (b. 6 July 1941), an internationally respected social justice advocate and best-selling author, is a professor of human rights law at Pennsylvania State University. In 1979, Robinson established TransAfrica, the mandate of which was to promote enlightened, progressive U.S. policies towards Africa and the Caribbean. He created – and hosts – the human rights public television program "World On Trial", during which international juries vote on world governments' adherence to international human rights law.

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.

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30 Women You Need To Know | Women's History Month

30 Women You Need To Know | Women's History Month



This Women's History Month The Wright Museum is celebrating women who were and are "Beyond Strong." These 30 educators, politicians,

trailblazers, and owners of a handful of 'firsts' for Blacks & women uphold that title. Click through for facts about 30 women you may or may not

know.


*The Wright Museum does not own any of the images in the above gallery. Please see photo credit in attached document. 

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RELEASE: THE WRIGHT MUSEUM AND JESS CARE MOORE FOUNDATION PRESENT THE 12TH ANNUAL BLACK WOMEN ROCK! CONCERT: AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE TO BETTY DAVIS

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THE WRIGHT MUSEUM AND THE JESS CARE MOORE FOUNDATION PRESENT THE 12TH ANNUAL BLACK WOMEN ROCK! CONCERT: AN ALL-STAR TRIUBTE TO BETTY DAVIS

Weekend of Events Include: Concert + Art Exhibition + "They Say I'm Different" Artist Talk

DETROIT - February 26, 2016: This Women's History Month, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the jess Care moore Foundation present the 12th Annual Black WOMEN Rock! (BWR!) Concert Weekend. In addition to a live music concert on Saturday, March 5, this year's events include a five –day art exhibition opening Thursday, March 3 and free, all-ages artist talk and panel discussion Sunday, March 6.

Since 2010, BWR! has been a staple of Women's History Month at The Wright Museum, with sell-out crowds for the concert each year. A showcase of independent women artists of color who make a living in the Rock & Roll genre, this year's headliners include: Kimberly Nicole (The Voice), Ideeyah, Nik West, Divinity Roxx, Steffanie Christ'ian, Shelly Nicole, Kisma, Mama Sol, and jessica Care moore. Despite initially selling out last week, a limited number of additional tickets for Saturday's BWR! Concert have been made available for $35 at thewright.org. An overflow area with vendors and a live-stream of the show will take $5 donations for the children of Flint. Doors open at 6:30 PM; show begins at 7:30 PM.

On Sunday, March 6 at 12 PM, BWR! performing artists come back to The Wright for an artist talk titled after funk singer Betty Davis' second studio album, "They Say I'm Different."

"[Recently] Betty Davis wrote to me and thanked us for keeping her music alive," said moore, Executive Producer of BWR! "The Sunday conversation is the foundation of Black WOMEN Rock! It's about not being silenced by the industry, by anyone, ever again, and telling our fearless stories."

Parents and caretakers are encouraged to bring their children to the talk, which will include workshops, video presentations and a panel discussion. Admission is free and open to the public

On Thursday, March 3 at 6 PM an opening reception for "Nasty Gal," a BWR! visual art exhibition curated by Detroit artist Sabrina Nelson, will be held at The Baltimore Gallery, located at 314 E. Baltimore Ave, Detroit, MI 48202. The gallery's hours are 12 – 9 PM Monday – Friday and 1 – 9 PM on Saturdays. The exhibition will run through Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Exhibit admission is free and open to the public.

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About Black WOMEN Rock!

In 2004, renowned poet and performer, jessica Care moore created Black WOMEN Rock!, a tribute to rock icon Betty Davis, in conjunction with The National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. BWR! aims to defy stereotypes of what a Rock & Roll artist looks and sounds like; featured artists have spent their careers breaking down barriers of image, politics and sexuality in the music industry. Past BWR! headliners have included: Dionne Farris, (Arrested Development), Martha Redbone, Ursula Rucker (The Roots), Kat Dyson (guitar player for Prince), Canadian Rocker, Saidah Baba Talibah, Res, Julie Dexter, and more. In honor of Women's History Month, BWR! debuted in Detroit in March 2010.

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.

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

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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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50th Anniversary Call for Black Power: The Wright's Weekly Update February 8 - 14

Weekly Update February 8 - 14, 2016

The Wright is Open Every Day of Black History Month!
February 1 - 29, 2016
Book your tour or bring the family today to celebrate Black History Month at The Wright Museum, which is open every day of February including Mondays from 9 AM - 5 PM. All exhibits are included with standard admission, and many special events are FREE and open to the public - for a sampling, please see below. To book your tour call (313) 494-5808 or email tours@thewright.org, or call (313) 494-5800 anytime for more information.

30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workout ($)
Tuesday, February 9 at 7:30 PM
Live to the beat with a weekly Hustle for Health workout with Thomasenia Johnson of Two Left Feet! Attend 8 consecutive sessions and receive a complimentary museum membership, making your next 12 months FREE! For more information please email 30days@chwmuseum.org.

Family Activity Series: Tap Dancing
Saturday, February 13 at 1 PM
Enjoy The Wright Museum with this FREE Saturday activity series for the whole family. Be inspired to move like Savion Glover, Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr.! Make rhythmic sounds that come from your feet and learn to tap dance. Whether art, music, dance, acting, or more, you and your children are sure to have a great time! Free.

Liberation Film Series presents Kathleen Cleaver & The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Saturday, February 13 at 3 PM
The 2015 - 2016 season of the Liberation Film Series continues with a 50th Anniversary Call for Black Power and tribute to Dr. Ahmad Rahman and Ron Scott. Featured will be Kathleen Neal Cleaver, Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow at Emory University School of Law and former Communications Secretary of the Black Panther Party, with an introduction by Dr. Errol Henderson. The event also includes a book signing and film screening for The Black Panther: Vanguard of the Revolution. Free.

Ford Free Second Sunday
Saturday, February 14 from 1 - 5 PM
Bring your family and friends to experience the wonder of The Wright Museum with free admission* every second Sunday of the month courtesy of Ford Motor Company! Enjoy the many exhibitions on display as well as engaging programming for the entire family. *Excluding guided group tours. For group tour information please call (313) 494-5808 or email tours@thewright.org. Free.

Don Barden Foundation Children's Interactive Storytime
Sunday, February 14 at 2 PM
Where music, movement, and literacy collide, this interactive story performance will put your kids in the story! Have fun dancing and enjoying storytelling with Yolanda Jack and Michelle McKinney. Children take a free book home afterwards! Free.

Hustle for History ($)
Sunday, February 14 at 5 PM
Get your groove on! Work your muscles, strengthen your bones, and move something with our weekly hustle lessons. Have a ball while supporting the Museum's ongoing membership efforts. This activity is great for all ages! 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!


Current Exhibitions

No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting
Through May 15, 2016



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

Ongoing


Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science & Technology
Ongoing


I, Charles H. Wright:
My Story

Through March 6, 2016


Postmarked: The African American Stamp on History
Through January 24, 2016


Collect: The Power of Knowing
Through March 27, 2016
You may have missed


Metro Times, "Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest reminisces his friend;
Why Dilla Day matters"


Farmington Voice, "Young sculptor’s work featured at City Gallery"

Click here to download our January - March 2016 Member Newsletter

Become a member today

Members of the The Wright Museum enjoy benefits such as:

  • 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

Click here to become a member today!

 

Make a donation today!
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Kwanzaa, Noel Night & More! The Wright's December 2015 eZine

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We are gearing up for our big Kwanzaa celebration beginning next week (December 26 - January 1)!

Click here to get more information on the seven daily principle celebrations.


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Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers presents Miracles, Gifts, LIFE! ($)
Friday, December 18  at 8 PM  
The award winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers presents a curated, live storytellingevent featuring Real People. True Stories. Hosted by creator and producer Satori Shakoor. For info, tickets and to watch video performances: http://www.secretstorytellers.com

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for more info
Family Activity Series: Kwanzaa Card Making
Saturday, December 19 at 12 PM
Join in the celebration of The Wright's 50th anniversary with this regular Saturday activity series for the whole family! Come join us this Saturday and experience a creating your own Kwanzaa cards. Your creation will represent each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Free.

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Meet the Scientists featuring YoungXxplorers Program at Ecotek Lab
Saturday, December 19 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 sciencewith activities led by scientists and technologists with the hands-on exhibit, Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology! Free.


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for more info
ASALH Detroit General Membership Meeting
Sunday, December 20 at 3 PM
If you are interested in and passionate about Black history, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Detroit branch is the group for you! ASALH collects materials on Black history and promotes the results to the public through events and organizational activities. You must be a member to attend the general membership meetings. If you are interested in joining ASALH Detroit please contact Kathie House at (313) 549-0335 or via email at k_house@outlook.com.

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for more info
Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Sunday, December 20 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!
To see all upcoming events, please click here!


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...


Collect: The Power of Knowing
Through 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...

Detroit Free Press, "Detroiter creating 25-foot sculpture for Wright Museum"

Michigan Chronicle, "The Wright changes board leadership, adds trustees"

Click here to download our October 2015 Member Newsletter


Become a Member Today!

Members of the The Wright Museum enjoy benefits such as:
• 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

Unless otherwise noted with ($), all events are FREE and open to the public.
HOURS
Tuesday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, 1 - 5 pm

ADMISSION
Adults (13 - 61) $8
Seniors (62 +) & Youth (3 - 12) $5
Free for members & children under 3

Click Here for Current Exhibitions

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201-1443
Click here for a Google Map

General Info - (313) 494-5800
Group Tours and Reservations - (313) 494-5808
Facility Rental - (313) 494-5801

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We Have The POWER: The Wright's Weekly Update December 7 - 13


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30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workout ($)
Tuesday, December 8 at 7:30 PM
Build your stamina with a weekly Cardio Fusion workout by Yvonne Price of LA Fitness. Attend 8 consecutive sessions and receive a complimentary museum membership, making your next 12 months FREE! For more information please email 30days@chwmuseum.org.

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ReSeatables Meet & Seat ReCeption
Thursday, December 10 from 1 - 6 PM

Come sit in and savor the one-of-a-kind pieces of functional artwork designed by Detroit native and Wright museum donor Ernest McClenney. Lovingly handcrafted by McClenney, a veteran of both the U.S. Navy and American auto industry, ReSeatables are custom-made recliners, sofas and love seats crafted from repurposed car seats. McClenney, a retired Chrysler production control analyst, saw a new purpose for the engineering and ergonomic design that went into the production of automotive seats by “re-seating” them into one-of-a-kind pieces of functional art. As beautiful as they are, seeing does no justice to their comfort – and as durable furnishings, they are meant to be used, in the home or office. Each ReSeatable is a unique conversation piece. They’ve been featured in The Detroit News, Homestyle Magazine, the Woodward Dream Cruise, The Henry Ford Innovation Institute, and the Detroit Historical Museum. Learn more at http://re-seatables.com! Free.

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Family Activity Series: African Choral Singing
Saturday, December 12 at 12 PM
Join in the celebration of The Wright's 50th anniversary with this regular Saturday activity series for the whole family! Come join us this Saturday and experience a Kwanzaa Festival of songs. Enjoy learning upbeat choral songs of the season with African words, movement, and an African beat! Free.

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for more info
Links to Science presented by the Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
Saturday, December 12  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.

Click here
for more info
POWER Lecture Series & Ida B. Wells Tribute featuring Dr. Talitha LeFlouria speaking on Black Female Incarceration
Saturday, December 12 at 2 PM

Like the uncompromising and courageous leader, Ida B. Wells, Professor Talitha LeFlouria, through her works and oratory, delivers a surgical analysis of the root causes of African American injustice in America: race, class and gender oppression. Through her book "Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South," she brings proper focus and gender balance to the American justice system’s efforts to use mass incarceration and convict leasing as new forms of enslavement. Free.

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for more info
Ford Free Second Sunday
Sunday, December 13 from 1 PM - 5 PM
Bring your family and friends to experience the wonder of The Wright Museum with free admission every second Sunday of the month courtesy of Ford Motor Company! Enjoy the many exhibitions on display as well as engaging programming for the entire family.

Click here
for more info
Don Barden Foundation Interactive Storytime
Sunday, December 13 at 2 PM
Where music, movement, and literacy collide, this interactive story performance will put your kids in the story! Have fun dancing and enjoying storytelling with Michelle McKinney. Children take a free book home afterwards! This Children's Interactive Storytime is made possible by the support of the Don Barden Foundation and General Motors Foundation. Free.

Click here
for more info
Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Sunday, December 13 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!
To see all upcoming events, please click here!


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
Through 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...

Click here to download The Wright's 2015 Annual Report

Click here to download our October 2015 Member Newsletter


Become a Member Today!

Members of the The Wright Museum enjoy benefits such as:
• 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

Unless otherwise noted with ($), all events are FREE and open to the public.
HOURS
Tuesday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, 1 - 5 pm

ADMISSION
Adults (13 - 61) $8
Seniors (62 +) & Youth (3 - 12) $5
Free for members & children under 3

Click Here for Current Exhibitions

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201-1443
Click here for a Google Map

General Info - (313) 494-5800
Group Tours and Reservations - (313) 494-5808
Facility Rental - (313) 494-5801

Become A Member | Donate | Museum Brochure

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Kwanzaa, Noel Night & More! The Wright's December 2015 eZine

» 2015 Kwanzaa Celebrations
» TUESDAY: 60th Anniversary of Rosa Parks' Arrest: The Power of Black Economic Boycott
» THURSDAY: The Wright's Annual Meeting
» SATURDAY: Links to Science presented by the Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
» 43rd Annual Noel Night
» Liberation Film Series: African American Genius Challenging Racism in Medicine
» POWER Lecture Series: Black Female Mass Incarceration
» The Secret Society of Twisted Story Tellers
» Popular Recurring Programs
» Current Exhibitions
» You May Have Missed...
» Become a Member Today!


Featured Program:
Kwanzaa Celebrations Every Day!
Saturday, December 26 - Friday, January 1, 2016 (OPEN MONDAY December 28!)
The African American tradition of Kwanzaa was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, established as a means to help African Americans reconnect with their African culture and historic heritage. During this seven-day holiday, we will unite and celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa. There will be African drumming, dancing, poetry among other performances to celebrate each of the seven principles. 


Come out to help us make this a celebration of family, community and culture. 

These events are FREE* and open to the public.

*Friday, January 1, 2016 has a cost. To buy advanced tickets click here
60th Anniversary of Rosa Parks' Arrest: The Power of Black Economic Boycott
Tuesday, December 1 at 12 PM
The Power of the Economic Boycott: Celebrating the legacy of the 60th anniversary of the arrest of Mrs. Rosa Parks. Awarded Actor and Storyteller, Madelyn Porter performs skit of Rosa Parks' life of resistance to oppression. Book signing and lecture by Mrs. Rosa Parks' niece, Sheila Keyes. Free.
2015 Annual Meeting
Thursday, December 3 at 6 PM
Join the Board of Trustees, museum President & CEO Juanita Moore and staff as we review 2015 and present on new, exciting projects being produced by YOUR museum! Light refreshments will be served. Free.
Links to Science presented by the Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
Saturday, December, 5 & 12  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.
43rd Annual Noel Night 
Saturday, December 5 at 5 PM
Over 70 Midtown venues, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Detroit Public Library, with many others, will open their doors to the public FREE of CHARGE during this Cultural Center-wide holiday "open house." Activities will include holiday shopping, horse-drawn carriage rides, family craft activities and performances by over 200 area music, theatre, and dance groups. The evening's festivities will culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Avenue led by the Salvation Army Band - a long-standing Noel Night tradition.

PLEASE NOTE: Noel Night activities and entertainment are free at The Wright Museum, but entrance to the exhibitions require museum admission.
Liberation Film Series: African American Genius, Challenging Racism in Medicine
Sunday, December 6 at 3 PM
A film screening of Something the Lord Made, starring Mos Def followed by a very special guest speaker, Wright Lassiter, President of Henry Ford Health System. Come out to hear what he has to say about Challenging Racism in Medicine. Free.
POWER Lecture Series: Black Female Mass Incarceration
Saturday, December 12 at 2 PM
Like the uncompromising and courageous leader, Ida B. Wells, Professor Talitha LeFlouria, through her works and oratory, delivers a surgical analysis of the root causes of African American injustice in America: race, class and gender oppression. Through her book Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South, she brings proper focus and gender balance to the American justice system’s efforts to use mass incarceration and convict leasing as new forms of enslavement. Free.
The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers ($) 
Friday, December 18 at 8 PM 
The award winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers presents a curated, live storytelling event featuring Real People. True Stories. Hosted by creator and producer Satori Shakoor. For info, tickets and to watch video performances: http://www.secretstorytellers.com
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 (*12.5 & 12.12) | Every 2nd Sunday of the*: Interactive Storytelling (*12.13) | Every 2nd Sunday of the month*: Ford Free Sundays (*12.13)

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...

 

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

You May Have Missed...

Click here to download our October 2015 Member Newsletter

 


Become a Member Today!

Members of the The Wright Museum enjoy benefits such as:
• 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

 

HOURS
Tues. - Sat., 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, 1 - 5 pm
Monday - Closed
ADMISSION
Adults (13 - 61) $8
Seniors (62 +) & Youth (3 - 12) $5
Free for members & children under 3

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201-1443
Click here for a Google Map

General Info - (313) 494-5800
Group Tours and Reservations - (313) 494-5808
Facility Rental - (313) 494-5801

Become A Member |  Donate | Museum Brochure

The Wright Museum™

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Learn Theater, Lights & Design with the Family | The Wright's Weekly Update November 16 - 22

Is your family always looking for new weekend activities? Well look no further! The Wright Museum presents the Family Activity Series (FAS). 

This family-friendly series is a cluster of workshops that range in topics from financial tips to creating your own African drum. Your kids can create a traditional African Shakere, learn how to produce their own mix tape or how to use lighting and design to create a production. Other than the arts families can learn together how to balance a checkbook or tips for spotting and stopping bullying. Please check our site regularly for FAS topics, as they range in age appropriateness.

These workshops are FREE and open to the public.

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for more info
30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workout ($)
Tuesday, November 17 at 7:30 PM
Now that SEASON 6 of 30 Days to Lose It is in full swing, come take part in this month’s theme, circuit training with Pierre Vinson of G.I.V.E. Fitness LLC. Circuit training is a very effective way to work out as it gets your heart rate up while simultaneously strengthening your muscles. Whether you want to lose weight, get fit, or just stay in shape, come dressed to sweat (with an exercise mat or beach towel), bring a buddy or 3 and join this safe, fun fitness program for women endorsed by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports! 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 30days@chwmuseum.org.

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Swearing in of the Postmaster
Friday, November 20 at 2:30 PM
From 1836 to 1971, postmasters at the larger Post Offices were appointed by the President, by and with the consent of the Senate. Since 1971, postmasters have been selected through the merit system. Through this merit system, Derron M. Bray has been appointed Executive Postmaster, Detroit Post Office, Great Lakes Area. Come witness the swearing-in ceremony of Mr. Bray, this Friday. Free.

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Family Activity Series, Theater, Lights & Design
Saturday, November 21 at 12 PM
Students will learn about the usage of light in a theater setting. They will have an experience observing how to operate a light board mixer; discuss the symbology of light and color; and create a light plot for simple emotions and then for monologues taken from the movies and from news events. They will use color to suggest and manipulate emotion in a theater setting. Free.

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for more info
Passport to African Culture Workshop
Saturday, November 21 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.

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for more info
Dream Fashion Show ($)
Saturday, November 21 at 7 PM
Dream big, dream fabulous, DREAM FASHION! This Saturday, the sixth edition of Dream Runway Fashion Show is happening. Come see the hottest designs strut down the catwalk. For ticket information email dmproductionsllc1@gmail.com.

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for more info
Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Sunday, November 22 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!
To see all upcoming events, please click here!


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
Through 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...

Knight Foundation re-ups, invests $9M in Detroit arts 

Big Sean: 'I'll never forget' guest-filled Detroit show

Click here to download our October 2015 Member Newsletter

 


Become a Member Today!

Members of the The Wright Museum enjoy benefits such as:
• 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

Unless otherwise noted with ($), all events are FREE and open to the public.
HOURS
Tuesday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, 1 - 5 pm

ADMISSION
Adults (13 - 61) $8
Seniors (62 +) & Youth (3 - 12) $5
Free for members & children under 3

Click Here for Current Exhibitions

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201-1443
Click here for a Google Map

General Info - (313) 494-5800
Group Tours and Reservations - (313) 494-5808
Facility Rental - (313) 494-5801

Become A Member | Donate | Museum Brochure

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30 Americans & Jean Michel Basquiat, The Wright's Weekly Update November 9 -15

A definitive documentary chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of the young American artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat. In the crime-ridden NYC of the 1970s, he covers the city with the graffiti tag SAMO. In 1981 he puts paint on canvas for the first time, and by 1983 he is an artist with “rock star status.” He achieves critical and commercial success, though he is constantly confronted by racism from his peers. In 1985 he and Andy Warhol became close friends and painting collaborators, but they part ways and Warhol dies suddenly in 1987. Basquiat’s heroin addiction worsens, and he dies of an overdose in 1988 at the age of 27. The artist was 25 years old at the height of his career, and today his canvases sell for more than a million dollars.

This event is in partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts and the 30 Americans. One Nation.Thirty Experiences exhibition. FREE and open to the public.


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for more info
30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workout ($)
Tuesday, November 10 at 7:30 PM
Ladies, SEASON 6 of 30 Days To Lose It! is here!  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, four out of five African American women - the leading casualties of such ills as obesity, heart disease and diabetes - are overweight. In response, the 30 Days To Lose It! program, inspired by the hit TV show, “The Biggest Loser,” was launched in March, 2010. Whether you want to lose weight, get fit, or just stay in shape, come dressed to sweat (with an exercise mat or beach towel), bring a buddy or 3 and join this safe, fun fitness program for women endorsed by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports! 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 30days@chwmuseum.org.

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for more info
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 more info
Links to Science presented by the Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
Saturday, November 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.

Click here
for more info
Liberation Film Series: The History of the Maroons in America
Saturday, November 14 at 2 pm
Film screening of Quilombo detailing the history of the Maroons, African refugees who escaped from slavery in the Americas. After the film, guest speaker Dr. Nubia Kai will host a discussion titled "The Maroon Tradition in the U.S.," followed by a book signing of “I Spread My Wings and I Fly.” Free.

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for more info
Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Sunday, November 15 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!
To see all upcoming events, please click here!


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...

Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum offers insights into art collecting

Click here to download our October 2015 Member Newsletter

 


Become a Member Today!

Members of the The Wright Museum enjoy benefits such as:
• 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

Unless otherwise noted with ($), all events are FREE and open to the public.
HOURS
Tuesday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, 1 - 5 pm

ADMISSION
Adults (13 - 61) $8
Seniors (62 +) & Youth (3 - 12) $5
Free for members & children under 3

Click Here for Current Exhibitions

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201-1443
Click here for a Google Map

General Info - (313) 494-5800
Group Tours and Reservations - (313) 494-5808
Facility Rental - (313) 494-5801

Become A Member | Donate | Museum Brochure

The Wright Museum™

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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...

Philanthropy of Five Black Families Reaches Record High for Charles H. Wright Museum

Memorable Fashions from the Ebony Fashion Fair Showcased at The Wright

jessica Care moore Mixes Art + Activism 'Tea'

Click here to download our October 2015 Member Newsletter

 


Become a Member Today!

Members of the The Wright Museum enjoy benefits such as:
• 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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RELEASE: Five African American Families Gift $100K Each in Charles H. Wright Museum's 50th Year

FIVE AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILIES GIFT $100K EACH IN CHARLES H. WRIGHT MUSEUM'S 50th YEAR

Local leaders and host committee lead The Wright's most successful fundraiser​

October 15, 2015 | DETROIT – On October 10, in the midst of a year-long recognition, the Wright Museum's 50th Anniversary celebration reached a new peak during the fifth-annual Wright Gala. Over 1,100 local and national business, community, and philanthropic leaders witnessed the most successful fundraiser in the museum's history. The black-tie event, which took place at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, procured nearly $1.8 million, with donations still being received.

"My goal was to have an African American donor giving $100,000 for each decade of the Museum's 50-year history," Wright Gala Chair Vivian Rogers Pickard, President of the General Motors Foundation & Director, Corporate Relations for General Motors Company, said as she introduced the five donors Saturday night. "I am so proud to say that we have accomplished that goal!" 

This achievement came from the generous gifts of five Detroit-based African American entities: Bridgewater Interiors, Prestige Automotive, Roy & Maureen Roberts, The Sid E. Taylor Foundation, and The Pickard Family Fund. All have been longtime supporters of the museum, albeit not at the current level. For example, Bill Pickard was a major sponsor of the recent exhibition, Shadow Matter: The Rhythm of Structure, and Vivian Rogers Pickard has served on the Gala committee since its inception in 2011. Sid Taylor made his pledge to the museum at the 2nd Annual Sankofa Awards hosted by the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce. Prestige Automotive's Jacki and Gregory Jackson and Museum Trustee Maureen and Roy Roberts noted that their donations will go towards the museum's endowment. 

Judge Damon Keith, Senior Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and long-time museum supporter, stated, "As I get older, I realize now, more than ever before, the importance of having an understanding and appreciation of our history and pride in our heritage. The Wright Museum reminds us of the progress that previous generations fought for, and it fortifies us to have the integrity to end the injustices that continue to plague our world today."


"My goal was to have an African American donor giving $100,000 for each decade of the Museum's 50-year history. I am so proud to say that we have accomplished that goal! "

            - The Wright Gala Committee Chair, Vivian Rogers Pickard

Special guest Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. first gave a historic glimpse of African American achievement and cultural sustenance, emphasizing the importance of institutions like The Wright Museum, before leading an invocation. 

Other gala attendees supported the museum's efforts by participating in the live and silent auctions, which raised an accumulated total of $185,000. The silent auction featured 18 original art pieces inspired by the museum's current exhibition, Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair; pieces created and donated by GM Global Design Center's Design Team. During the program, a Fashion Fair-inspired sculpture was presented to Linda Johnson Rice, Chairman of Johnson Publishing Company, and daughter of Ebony Fashion Fair founder Eunice Johnson.

Ford Motor Company encouraged attendees to become members of The Wright by offering a custom gold 50th Anniversary commemorative bracelet. Members also gained access to the Ford Member's Lounge hosted in collaboration with actor and stage director, Blair Underwood. Ford also gifted the Museum with a new Ford Transit van, to be used to assist the museum in transporting individuals participating in educational outreach programs throughout the city. 

"We are overwhelmed and inspired by the amount of support that has poured in from all corners of the community during our 50th Anniversary year," said Juanita Moore, Wright Museum president & CEO. "We now move forward with confidence that in the next 50 years, our efforts will be elevated, magnified and backed by those who have already stepped forward, and those who will join the journey. We are so thankful and hope our unyielding gratitude is expressed through the work we continue to do in and for Detroit." 

The Gala Committee was chaired by Vivian Rogers Pickard, president at General Motors Foundation with co-chairs Pamela Alexander, director of community development with Ford Motor Company Fund, and Faye Nelson, vice president of public affairs for DTE Energy and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. 84 volunteers - comprised of prominent local entrepreneurs, philanthropists and businesswomen – served on the 2015 Gala Host Committee. 

About Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair 
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 African Americans. At the center of Inspiring Beauty are the stunning gowns displayed on fully stylized mannequins from designers such as Stephen Burrows, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Yves Saint Laurent, Bob Mackie, Missoni, Nina Ricci, Sarli, Emanuel Ungaro, and Vivienne Westwood. Inspiring Beauty is made possible by Exhibition Partners Bridgewater Interiors, Chevrolet, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Foundation, Jackson Asset Management, LEAR, the Pickard Family Fund, Prestige Automotive Group, Maureen & Roy Roberts, and the Sid E. Taylor Foundation; and Arts & Education sponsors Detroit Manufacturing Systems, DTE Energy Foundation, and Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair was developed by the Chicago History Museum in cooperation with Johnson Publishing Company, LLC, presented by the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. Inspiring Beauty is on display through January 3, 2016, and is free with museum admission. 

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 visit TheWright.org. 

Nikia Washington | PR & Social Media Manager | 313.494.5866 | nwashington@thewright.org​


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RELEASE: Inspiring Beauty | 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

For Immediate Release

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Nikia Washington, PR & Social Media Manager

313.494.5866 E-mail: nwashington@thewright.org


International Arts & Artists

Laila Jadallah, Exhibitions Manager & Coordinator, Exhibition Development

202.338.0680 E-mail: lailaj@artsandartists.org



DETROIT, MI – September 9, 2015: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is pleased to announce Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair a story of vision, innovation and power told through the history of Eunice Johnson, co-founder of Johnson Publishing Company, and the prism of iconic fashion from Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint-Laurent, Patrick Kelly and Emanuel Ungaro among others. Inspiring Beauty is on view at The Wright Museum during the final quarter of its 50th anniversary year from September 18 through January 3, 2016.

Organized by the Chicago History Museum in cooperation with Johnson Publishing Company, Inspiring Beauty is the first-ever exhibition about the Ebony Fashion Fair. The exhibition provides a multisensory retrospective on the 50-year history of the charity fashion spectacle that redefined the concepts of beauty, style and empowerment for African Americans. Nearly 100 objects including ensembles and accessories, as well as archival photographs and video help to re-create the one-of-a-kind experience and explore the history of the traveling fashion show and its director and producer, Eunice Walker Johnson.

At the center of this dynamic exhibition are the stunning gowns, feathered coats, and statement designs seen in the forty ensembles by designers including Stephen Burrows, Hubert de Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Bob Mackie, Missoni and Vivienne Westwood which were selected from a collection of thousands Mrs. Johnson amassed in five decades. In addition to the stunning garments on display, Johnson's exquisite personal style and her influence in the world of fashion are explored through archival images, invitations to fashion houses, and interviews with those who knew her best. Johnson's own 1972 Pauline Trigère royal blue linen day suit exemplifies the exquisite patterning and construction she favored in her everyday style.

A Brief History

The Ebony Fashion Fair began in 1958, and over the next 50 years the traveling fashion show blossomed into an American institution that raised millions for charity and helped Johnson Publishing Company reach its audience.

Originally the fashion feature in Johnson Publishing Company's Ebony magazine, the Fashion Fair's success can be attributed to Eunice Johnson's determination to gain access to the highest echelons of fashion design, which at the time excluded African Americans, and share that access with her audience. Under Mrs. Johnson, who became producer and director in the early 1960s, the traveling show achieved new heights as she brought the pinnacle of international fashion to communities that were eager to see new aspirational images of black America—the hallmark of Ebony and Jet magazines.

"My mother often spoke about the importance of African American women feeling beautiful," said Linda Johnson Rice, chairman, Johnson Publishing Company. "The Ebony Fashion Fair legacy represents an important part of the rich African American cultural experience in America, and I am extremely excited that this exhibition is bringing my mother's vision to life in museums throughout the country."

Traveling throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, the Ebony Fashion Fair provided a unique forum for audiences to experience the world's best fashion, showcasing designs by Italian, French, British, Japanese, and American designers. In constant struggle to break the color barrier, the show provided a platform for African American models as well as black designers, who were featured alongside the world's leading fashion houses.

Inspiring Beauty

Inspiring Beauty is presented in three sections that explore the three major themes of the exhibition. The first section of the exhibition, Vision, explores Eunice Johnson's role as the creative force behind the Ebony Fashion Fair. It features costumes that reflect power, affluence and influence, and express some of the traveling show's recurring aesthetic ideas. This section also contains a film (the first of three) that features interviews with Linda Johnson Rice and those who worked closely with Mrs. Johnson, providing a captivating memoir of Johnson's vision in turning the Ebony Fashion Fair into a world class fashion event.

Costume highlights include a 1996 Bill Blass three-piece hounds tooth day ensemble; the 1986 'I (heart) Fashion Scandal' jersey dress by Patrick Kelley, a design specially made by the designer at Johnson's request to match that year's theme, Fashion Scandal; and a 2000 Fausto Sarli canary-yellow beaded cocktail suit. An array of garments help to illustrate the show's emphasis on reverencing the female body and celebrating diverse complexions with bold colors.

The second section of the exhibition, Innovation, looks at the boldness and experimentation of Johnson Publishing Company. That story is explored through a media installation and ensembles that highlight bold stylization, dynamic shapes and innovative technique. Garments in this section reflect the full breadth of fashion fantasy that the traveling show brought audiences while the film highlights the historic significance of Johnson company publications.

The final section, Power, features Inspiring Beauty's most elaborate, luxurious and dramatic ensembles. Costumes by Valentino, Bob Mackie, Henry Jackson and Alexander McQueen reflect the glamour and showmanship that created the dynamic visual experience that audiences expected. Like the traditional finale of haute couture runway shows, Ebony Fashion Fair always closed with a magnificent bridal gown. Emanuel Ungaro's 18th-century-inspired fairy tale wedding gown comprised of a beaded lace bodice, lavish pannier-style skirt embellished with embroidered floral sprays, and an underskirt of painted lace provides the final wow.

The final audiovisual installation looks at the impact Ebony Fashion Fair had on models, designers, and, most importantly, audiences. It gives exhibition visitors a glimpse of the significant impact that Ebony Fashion Fair had on the African American community. Through the Ebony Fashion Fair and the monthly features in Ebony magazine, Eunice Johnson brought fashion into millions of black households, reflecting the goals and objectives of Johnson Publishing Company to showcase and celebrate the best in black life. Johnson found inspiration for the show and its themes through a careful study of the moment's trends, a timeless approach to fashion and style, and a keen awareness of what Fashion Fair audiences wanted to see.

The Ebony Fashion Fair was always more than a fashion show. Audiences enjoyed a multisensory experience of music and fashion and also raised millions for African American charities. According to exhibition curator Joy Bivins, "fashion was always the draw but the opportunity that the show provided black women to see fantastic fashion on women who looked like them was equally important. On the Ebony Fashion Fair runway, black women were the beauty standard." Inspiring Beauty offers an unprecedented chance for visitors who never attended the show and Ebony Fashion Fair regulars to experience the beauty, glamour, and excitement first-hand.

About the Curators

Curator Joy Bivins has developed diverse exhibitions at the Chicago History Museum since joining the staff in 2002. Her projects include Teen Chicago; Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America; Colonia to Community: The Southeast Side; and Facing Freedom. She has contributed to the Journal of American History and Chicago History magazine. Ms. Bivins has taught courses at the School of Art Institute of Chicago and has received awards from the American Alliance of Museums, the Chicago Defender, and the Chicago Urban League.

Virginia Heaven is an Associate Professor of Fashion Design at Columbia College Chicago where she teaches design and fashion history. Heaven has worked as a consultant curator for over 30 years in many museums nationally including the Smithsonian Institution, the American Museum of Natural History and the Chicago History Museum. Heaven worked internationally for ten years as the director and curator of the Haifa Faisal Collection of Saudi Arabian Traditional Arts.

A companion catalogue published by Chicago History Museum accompanies the exhibition and explores the Fashion Fair's story through more than 60 full-color images and essays by Dr. Maxine Leeds Craig, and exhibition curators Joy Bivins and Virginia Heaven.

The Chicago History Museum has been awarded the 2014 Richard Martin Exhibition Award from the Costume Society of America for Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair. The Richard Martin Exhibition Award recognizes outstanding costume exhibitions that demonstrate excellence and innovation in the presentation and interpretation of costume.

Inspiring Beauty was on view at Chicago History Museum from March 16, 2013 to May 11, 2014 before embarking on its North American tour. Scheduled U.S tour dates for Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair are as follows: Museum of Design Atlanta, GA (October 18, 2014 – January 4, 2015); Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI (January 28, 2015 – May 3, 2015); Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN (May 22, 2015 – August 16, 2015); Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI (September 18, 2015 – January 3, 2016); Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester, NY (January 30, 2016 – April 24, 2016) and Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA (May 20, 2016 – August 12, 2016). For a current exhibition tour schedule please visit www.artsandartists.org

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair was developed by the Chicago History Museum in cooperation with Johnson Publishing Company, LLC, presented by the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

About the Exhibition Partners

Chicago History Museum is privately endowed, independent institution devoted to collecting, interpreting, and presenting the rich multicultural history of Chicago and Illinois, as well as selected areas of American history, to the public through exhibitions, programs, research collections and publications. The Chicago History Museum boasts the second largest fashion collection in the world, making it the ideal venue to explore and celebrate the important legacy of Ebony Fashion Fair.

Johnson Published Company, LLC (JPC) was founded by John H. Johnson and Eunice W. Johnson in 1942 and is the leading, independently owned, Black America media publisher. The preeminent publisher of Ebony and Jet and owner of Fashion Fair Cosmetics, the company is a global prestige cosmetic brand for people of color. JPC is committed to celebrating the vibrancy of Black culture by operating trusted brands and delivering products of the highest quality that celebrate, inform, engage, entertain, inspire and enhance the lives of people. With more than 20 million readers each month, the corporate mission of the company focuses on education, financial literacy, and AIDS prevention.

International Arts & Artists in Washington, DC, is a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally, through exhibitions, programs and services to artists, arts institutions and the public. Visit www.artsandartists.org

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.

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