Courage to Care: The Wright's Weekly Update May 25 - 31 - The Charles H. Wright Museum Blog

Courage to Care: The Wright's Weekly Update May 25 - 31

Click here
for more info
Courage to Care: Expecting the Miraculous with Dr. Alexa Canady ($)
Tuesday, May 26 at 7 PM • Special Supper Reception at 5:30 PM
Covenant Community Care welcomes Dr. Alexa Canady to Detroit for Courage to Care: Expecting the Miraculous! Dr. Canady is the first African American woman to have become a neurosurgeon in the United States. She began her career in 1981 at the University of Minnesota and later held positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Wayne State University, and Florida State University. From 1986 until 2001, she served as Chief of Neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Dr. Canady will share with us the miracle of her life and experiences. Suggested donation; special ticket needed for supper reception. To order tickets, visit For more information please contact Samuel Young at or call at 313-228-0290.

Click here
for more info
Opening Reception for Finding Mona Lisa: Urban Students Become Global Scholars Friday, May 29 at 6 PM
Join us for the opening reception of Finding Mona Lisa: Urban Students Become Global Scholars the newest exhibition in the Contemporary Artists Gallery. Featured will be a documentary screening of "Finding Mona Lisa: 313," showcasing the work of the program that makes world travel possible for inner-city students; the exhibit features large-scale photos taken by the students and their travels to Paris, Madrid, Japan, and Egypt. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

Click here
for more info

Artist's Studio Workshop with Jocelyn Rainey ($)
Saturday, May 30 from 11 AM - 12:30 PM
This hands-on workshop for adults and mature children will be facilitated by a Jocelyn Rainey. Rainey lives and works in Detroit, holds an M.A. in Painting from Wayne State University and has won numerous honors and awards, including the Vision and Excellence in the Arts Award from the National Conference of Artists. Rainey currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Wayne County Council for the Arts, History and Humanities. In this workshop, Rainey will help you create you own assemblage, a work of art constructed from a variety of materials, of your own choosing. The goal of the workshop is to help you to conjure stories into a meaningful personal statement through found objects and photos. Please bring to the workshop any materials or objects you might want to integrate into your work of art. Admission is $25 or $15 for museum members.

Click here
for more info
Family Activity Series Dance Workshop
Saturday, May 30 at 12 PM
Join in the celebration of The Wright's 50th anniversary with this regular Saturday activity series for the whole family! Come and experience the rhythmic techniques of dance - and leave with the entire family knowing how to keep up on the dance floor! Free.

Click here
for more info
Meet the Scientist Saturday featuring David Head & Dr. Terrance Dillard
Saturday, May 30 at 2 PM
Do you know a curious student, a young Einstein, or a future tech wizard who is always thinking of the next big thing? Bring them to discover and explore science with activities led by scientists and technologists with the hands-on exhibit, Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology! David Head & colleagues from the David L. Head Foundation will discuss African American inventors like Granville T. Woods and Elijah McCoy, and their inventions and contributions to science. Free.

Click here
for more info
Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Sunday, May 31 at 5 PM
Get your groove on with our weekly hustle lessons, taught by instructor Thomasenia Johnson of Two Left Feet. Free for Members, $7 for non-members. Purchase 5 lessons and receive a complimentary museum membership, making your next 12 months of hustle lessons FREE! For more information, please call (313) 494-5800.
To see all upcoming events, please click here!

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...


You May Have Missed...

The Detroit News, "Ford Freedom Awards"

Detroit Free Press, "Ford Freedom Awards focus on tech innovation"

The Detroit News, "Society Confidential: Martha Jean ‘the Queen’ honored"

Voices of the Civil War Episode 39: "Battle of Natural Bridge"

April Member Newsletter, The Wright Times (PDF download)

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.
Monday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, 1 - 5 pm

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™


Today in Black History 05/26/2015 | Miles Davis
Today in Black History 05/27/2015 | First African ...
Powered by EasyBlog for Joomla!