Home, Juneteenth & Black in Latin America: The Wright's Weekly Update June 15 - 21 - The Charles H. Wright Museum Blog

Home, Juneteenth & Black in Latin America: The Wright's Weekly Update June 15 - 21

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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...

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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...

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30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workout ($)
Tuesday, June 16 at 7:30 pm
Celebrate Black Music Month is with a special music workout each week of June, including R&B/Soul rhythms June 9!. 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. Click here to learn more...

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ASALH Detroit General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, June 17 at 6 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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ASALH Detroit presents African American Pioneers in Transportation by David L. Head
Wednesday, June 17 at 7 PM
ASALH History Lessons are facilitated by ASALH members. For June, learn about African American pioneers in the transportation industry, presented by charter member Mr. David L. Head. ASALH History Lessons are facilitated by members, and are free and open to the public.For information on membership in ASALH Detroit please contact Kathie House at (313) 549-0335 or via email at k_house@outlook.com. Free.

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The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers presents Fathers & Figures ($)
Friday, June 19 at 8 PM
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents a curated, live storytelling event. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring Twisted Storytellers Larry Castleberry, Robert Davis, Jeff Doyle, Pun Plamondon and Tony Rothschild with Musical Guest Darnell Kendricks & Dance Guests Daddy/Daughter Dancers! Hosted by Satori Shakoor. Cash bar and vendors! For info, tickets and to watch video performances visit www.secretstorytellers.com or call 313-744-6037. Click here to learn more...

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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...

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Family Activity Series Fitness & Food for Kids
Saturday, June 20 at 12 PM
Join in the celebration of The Wright's 50th anniversary with this regular Saturday activity series for the whole family! It’s true – you are what you eat. Discover the healthiest foods for kids that are tasty and keep the body fit. Free. Click here to learn more...

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"Black in Latin America" Film Screening & Afro-Latino Discussion
Sunday, June 21 at 1 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. Free. Click here to learn more...

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Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Sunday, June 21 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! Click here to learn more...
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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) 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...

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April Member Newsletter, The Wright Times (PDF download)

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