Cinetopia, Juneteenth & Summer! The Wright's June 2015 eZine - The Charles H. Wright Museum Blog

Cinetopia, Juneteenth & Summer! The Wright's June 2015 eZine

» Cinetopia International Film Festival ($)
» Liberation Film Series presents Cointelpro 101
» Salute to African American Theatre: Home by Samm-Art Williams
» Juneteenth Celebration
» Black in Latin America Film Screening & Afro-Latino Forum
» Creating The Fifth Letter Book Talk & Signing by Vivian Carpenter
» Freedman's Bank 150th Anniversary Commemoration
» REGISTRATION OPEN for Summer Camp Africa: Healthy Habits
» M-1 RAIL Updates
» Current Exhibitions
» Upcoming Events
» You May Have Missed...
» Become a Member Today!

Cinetopia International Film Festival ($)
Films at The Wright Friday, June 5 - Sunday, June 7

Created for the people of southeastern Michigan, the Cinetopia International Film Festival features the best feature-length dramas, comedies, and documentaries from the world’s best film festivals (Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, SXSW, Tribeca, etc.). The festival, including 10 days of screening 70 films at venues in Detroit and Ann Arbor, honors the rich heritage of cinematic culture and Michigan’s proud legacy of outstanding cinema artists through special pre- and post-film events, including presentations, discussion panels, and Q&A sessions with directors, writers, and stars. Films to be screened at The Wright include Imperial Dreams, May Allah Bless France! (Qu'Allah bénisse la France!), The Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo), The Cut, and The Keeping Room. For more information including the complete festival schedule visit
Liberation Film Series presents Cointelpro 101
Saturday, June 13 at 2 PM

For the final event of the 2014-2015 season of the Liberation Film Series, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History presents a free screening of the documentary film “Cointelpro 101,” followed by a discussion entitled "The Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM): Armed Resistance in the Black Liberation Struggle." Panelists will include Dr. Muhammad Ahmad (Maxwell Stanford) and Dr. John H. Bracey. Free. Click here to learn more...
Home by Samm-Art Williams Staged Reading & Discussion
Monday, June 15 at 7:30 PM
Project1VOICE presents an international salute to African American theater with a staged reading of HOME by Samm-Art Williams to honor the 35th anniversary year of the play’s Broadway debut. This brilliantly inventive, lyrically expressive play features Reginald L. Wilson, Monique J. Palmer, and Aku Kadogo, and is directed by Woodie King, Jr. This fifth annual 1VOICE/1PLAY/1DAY event will also commemorate another milestone - the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution ending slavery and involuntary servitude in America - officially making the U.S. home for any then-enslaved persons and their descendants. This event will explore the meaning of home - is it a place, a state of mind or both? The reading will be followed by a panel discussion. Free. Click here to learn more...

Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 20 from 10 AM - 1:30 PM

The Friends Committee of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers, and ASALH Detroit present this 2015 Juneteenth Celebration filled with family fun including historical reenactments, old fashioned games, sweet treats, snow cones, and much, much more! All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. Free. Click here to learn more...

Black in Latin America Film Screening & Afro-Latino Discussion
Sunday, June 21 from 1 PM - 4 PM
Detroit's large and culturally proud Afro Latino and Caribbean community has had a significant impact on our city's cultural, political, historical, and arts festival scene for almost a century. Join The Wright Museum for a free screening of the documentary Black in Latin America, produced by Henry Louis Gates, followed by a forum to discuss the Afro Latino/Caribbean communities and issues in Detroit. This event will be the first of many that will lead into both the Concert of Colors Festival July 9 - 12 and the African World Festival August 14 - 16, 2015. Free. Click here to learn more...
Creating "The Fifth Letter:" Our History & Mind-Boggling Coincidences Book Talk & Signing by Dr. Vivian Carpenter
Wednesday, June 24 at 6 PM

Join author Vivian Carpenter to hear about the story behind her new novel, The Fifth Letter, a political thriller about Associate Supreme Court Justice Katherine Helena Ross, the first black female on the U.S. Supreme Court. What happens when a liberal Black female justice of the Supreme Court is caught between her conscience and the call of political expedience? There's more to this story than just the story! Dr. Carpenter will sign copies of her book following the lecture. Free. Click here to learn more...
Freedman's Bank 150th Anniversary Commemoration
Tuesday, June 30 at 6:30 PM
The Wright Museum and Operation HOPE Forums present a dynamic program commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Freedman's Bank and the continuing importance of economic empowerment. Civil rights icon and former mayor of Atlanta, Ambassador Andrew Young and Operation HOPE, Inc. Founder/President John Hope Bryant, among other dignitaries, will be a part of this panel discussion about the significance of economic “silver rights” for communities of color. Free, but an RSVP is required - click here to learn more and RSVP! For more information contact the HOPE Forums Department at or (213) 891-2900. Click here to learn more...
REGISTRATION OPEN for Summer Camp Africa: Healthy Habits
Monday - Friday, July 13 - August 14
Camp Africa: Healthy Habits is a FREE* week-long day camp open to children ages 7 – 12. During this 5-day session (repeating weekly for five weeks), children will learn about Africa's cultural and geographic diversity; participate in hands-on S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) activities focused on the topic of healthy habits; and develop and exercise crucial skills in the areas of vocabulary, literacy, and the visual arts. Camp Africa runs Monday - Friday from 8 AM to 3:15 PM daily. *Free for one week of Camp Africa: Healthy Habits. Registration for additional weeks may require payment. Please call (313) 494-5813 for details. Camp Africa is made possible by the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Click here to learn more...
M-1 RAIL Update
M-1 RAIL broke ground on Monday, July 28. Work begins along Woodward Avenue from the northern tip of Campus Martius in Downtown to Canfield in Midtown. Get the most updated information on traffic plans, construction progress, and more on M-1 Rail's website. Click here for more information.

Current Exhibitions

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

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

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

The Nataki Way: 36th Anniversary of the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit
Through October 11, 2015
Carmen and George N'Namdi founded the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit (NTSD) in 1978 to honor the memory of their fourteen-month-old daughter, Nataki Talibah N'Namdi, who died in 1974. The names Nataki and Talibah are from central Africa; Nataki (Nah-TAH-kee) means of high birth and Talibah (Tah-LEE-bah) means seeker after knowledge. In 1995, NTSD was chartered as a public school under Central Michigan University. After 36 years of hard work, the NTSD continues to uplift students from diverse backgrounds and help them embody the varying roles each of us must play to improve our world. 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...

Finding Mona Lisa 313
Through September 13, 2015
"Finding Mona Lisa" is a program providing travel and cultural development opportunities for Detroit youth founded by artist, educator, and entrepreneur Jocelyn Rainey. The late Gilda Snowden observed that the Finding Mona Lisa students are the works of art, with the different places they've traveled being their canvases. The exhibition features large photographs of the students' travels. Click here to learn more...

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

You May Have Missed...

New York Times, "Account for the Pillaging of African-American Freedom" by Dr. Kidada E. Williams, Wayne State University

Detroit Free Press, "Firm ranks 100 best cities for a staycation"

April Member Newsletter, The Wright Times (PDF download)

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