Ford Freedom Award to Ford Free Sunday: The Wright's Weekly Update May 4 - 10 - The Charles H. Wright Museum Blog

Ford Freedom Award to Ford Free Sunday: The Wright's Weekly Update May 4 - 10


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

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

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


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30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workout ($)
Tuesday, May 5 at 7:30 pm
Power up this May with a weekly "RIPPED" workout by Chandra Floyd, Chandra Floyd Group Fitness; please bring hand weights in addition to your workout mats. 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. 30 Days To Lose It! is sponsored by Beaumont Health System and St. John Providence Health System.


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Family Activity Series Drumming Workshop
Saturday, May 9 at 12 pm
Join in the celebration of The Wright's 50th anniversary with this regular Saturday activity series for the whole family! Featured this week will be a drumming workshop highlighting the world's oldest and most universal instrument. Everyone loves banging on a drum, so bring your children AND parents to make a joyful noise with us! Free.

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Links To Science presented by the Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
Saturday, May 9 at 1:30 pm
Links to Science is an exciting series of free children’s workshops exploring achievements in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Let members of The Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated be your guides to inspiration! Free.

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Ford Free Second Sunday
Sunday, May 10 from 1 - 5 pm
This Mother's Day, bring your mom and the whole family to experience the wonder of The Wright with free admission courtesy of Ford Motor Company! Enjoy the many exhibitions on display as well as engaging programming for the entire family. Free.

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Don Barden Foundation Interactive Storytime
Sunday, May 10 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! This Children's Interactive Storytime is made possible by the support of the Don Barden Foundation and General Motors Foundation. Free.

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Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Sunday, May 103 at 5 pm
Get your groove on with our weekly hustle lessons, taught by instructor Thomasenia Johnson of Two Left Feet. Free for Members, $7 for non-members. Purchase 5 lessons and receive a complimentary museum membership, making your next 12 months of hustle lessons FREE! For more information, please call (313) 494-5800.
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Current Exhibitions

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

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

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

The Nataki Way: 36th Anniversary of the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit
Through October 11, 2015
Carmen and George N'Namdi founded the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit (NTSD) as a private school in 1978 to honor the memory of their fourteen-month-old daughter, Nataki Talibah N'Namdi, who died in 1974. The names Nataki and Talibah are from central Africa; Nataki (Nah-TAH-kee) means of high birth and Talibah (Tah-LEE-bah) means seeker after knowledge. 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 identify and 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...


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