My Sister's Keeper: The Wright's Weekly Update May 11 - 17 - The Charles H. Wright Museum Blog

My Sister's Keeper: The Wright's Weekly Update May 11 - 17

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30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workout ($)
Tuesday, May 12 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 30 Days To Lose It! is sponsored by Beaumont Health System and St. John Providence Health System.

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My Sister's Keeper Concert & Discussion w/Mike Ellison & Steffanie Christi'an
Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 PM

Featuring musical performances by actor, recording & spoken word artist Mike Ellison (AfroFlow, Concert of Colors) and vocalist Steffanie Christi'an (Black Women Rock!), "My Sister's Keeper" is a compelling concert and community discussion that supports advocacy and leadership-building for women. This performance art event is made possible by Arts Midwest and The Black Women’s Health Imperative, the only national organization dedicated to the health & wellness of Black women ( Free.

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The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers presents Ties That Bind ($)
Friday, May 15 at 8 PM; Doors at 7 PM
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers presents a curated, live storytelling event featuring Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring Twisted Storytellers Althea Armstrong, Piper Carter, Cornetta Lane, Ted Olds, and Monica Sholar, with musical guest Duane Parham and LSO Dance Company. Hosted by creator and producer Satori Shakoor. Cash bar and vendors! For tickets and info visit or call (313) 744-6037.

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Family Activity Series Quilting for Kids Workshop
Saturday, May 16 at 12 PM
Join in the celebration of The Wright's 50th anniversary with this regular Saturday activity series for the whole family! Quilts tell stories, and you'll create your own piece of the story in this quilting workshop for kids. Free.

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Liberation Film Series Malcolm X 90th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, May 16 at 2 PM
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History presents this Malcolm X 90th Anniversary Celebration featuring a free screening of "History in the Making: The OAAU Reunion, August 26, 2006, Harlem, New York City," keynote speaker Rodnell P. Collins, President of the Organization of African American Unity (OAAU) and nephew of Malcolm X, and Dr. Rita Kiki Edozie, Professor of International Relations and African Affairs and Director, African American and African Studies at Michigan State University, who will address the topic, “From OAU to OAAU: Malcolm’s Pan Africanism." Free.

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Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Sunday, May 17 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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