Malcolm X Day, African Liberation Weekend & More: The Wright's Weekly Update May 18 - 24 - The Charles H. Wright Museum Blog

Malcolm X Day, African Liberation Weekend & More: The Wright's Weekly Update May 18 - 24




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Malcolm X 90th Birthday Liberation Concert featuring The Last Poets ($)
Tuesday, May 19 at 8 PM • Doors at 7 PM
Honor the 90th birthday of Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El Shabazz) with this special concert featuring performances by Grammy Award-nominated artists The Last Poets, 3rd Eye Open Poetry Collective, youth performances, and a special Malcolm X display by the Black History 101 Mobile Museum. Known as "The Godfathers of Hip Hop," The Last Poets have performed with Common, Dead Prez, Kayne West, Pharaoh Sanders, and many others. Their spoken word albums preceded political projects such as Marvin Gaye’s "What's Going On," and foreshadowed the work of hard-hitting rap groups like Public Enemy and Dead Prez. Tickets are $20 and are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1434618 or at the museum's Information Desk.The Last Poets will sign copies of their CDs following the concert.

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30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workout ($)
Tuesday, May 19 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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African World Festival Community Advisory Meeting
Wednesday, May 20 at 6 PM
Would you like to share your ideas and comments about the upcoming African World Festival? If so, please come to one of the upcoming AWF Community Advisory Meetings to be held monthly on the third Wednesday in the Latimer Café on the lower level. All are invited to share ideas, resources, and support as we plan for the 33rd annual African World Festival, which takes place Friday - Sunday, August 14 - 16, 2015 on the grounds of The Wright Museum. Your participation will insure it's the best AWF yet! Free.

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ASALH Detroit General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, May 20 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 History Lesson Celebrating El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) by Jamon Jordan
Wednesday, May 20 at 7 PM
ASALH History Lessons are facilitated by ASALH members. For May, join in the celebration of the life of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) with this lecture presented by ASALH Detroit vice president Jamon Jordan. For information on membership in ASALH Detroit please contact Kathie House at (313) 549-0335 or via email at k_house@outlook.com. Free.
African Liberation Day Lecture by Dr. Leonard Jeffries ($)
Friday, May 22 at 6 PM
To open the festivities for the 2015 African Liberation Day Weekend, keynote speaker Dr. Leonard Jeffries will honor the life work and legacy of Dr. Yosef Ben Jochanan and Dr. John Henrik Clarke while expounding on this year's theme, "African Liberation Through African Centered Education." Tickets are $15 or two for $25. For tickets and info please call (313) 477-1146 or (313) 578-1300.
African Liberation Day is celebrated by African communities around the world, and is an institution in the worldwide Pan African Movement.
African Liberation Day Weekend Event
Saturday, May 23 from 10 AM - 4 PM
The African Liberation Day Weekend Celebration continues with this year's theme, "African Liberation Through African Centered Education," beginning with an ALD march, tour of The Wright Museum, greetings by Dr. Leonard Jeffries, performances and celebration! Saturday's activities are FREE and open to the public. For vending info please call (313) 363-5985. African Liberation Day is celebrated by African communities around the world, and is an institution in the worldwide Pan African Movement. Free.

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Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Sunday, May 24 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) 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...

 


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