Kwanzaa, Noel Night & More! The Wright's December 2015 eZine - The Charles H. Wright Museum Blog

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:
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


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Sunday, 1 - 5 pm
Monday - Closed
Adults (13 - 61) $8
Seniors (62 +) & Youth (3 - 12) $5
Free for members & children under 3

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