President's Message, July 2016 - The Charles H. Wright Museum Blog

President's Message, July 2016

The vision of The Wright Museum is of a world in which the adversity and achievement of African American history inspire everyone toward greater understanding, acceptance, and unity. The African American struggle for equality and justice, which is foundational to the American experience, resides not only in this country's history but also in that of the city of Detroit. The 1967 Rebellion erupted as a response to longstanding injustices including segregation, inequality and police brutality. Too often our reflections on this pivotal time are dictated by erroneous information and our perceived differences. It is our obligation as Americans to separate fact from fiction, and better understand the true nature of these events so we may come together and move forward in unity.

As we approach the rebellion's 50th anniversary, The Wright is proud to announce the unveiling of United We Stand, a work of tremendous importance to the city and region. Created by Kresge Eminent Artist Charles McGee, this permanent outdoor sculpture will reside at the Museum's entrance and serve as a Detroit destination and testament to our collective desire for healing. The unveiling takes place Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 3:30 PM. I invite you to join us in witnessing a definitive moment for our institution and this city's history. After a short program with remarks by Charles McGee and other distinguished guests, attendees will enjoy family activities, entertainment, food trucks, and intercultural performances that highlight our unity, in principle and performance.

United We Stand is made possible by the generous support of The Joyce Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Barbara J. Mahone, Serena and Kieth Cockrell, Dr. Vivian Carpenter and Jon Barfield, the Board of Trustees of The Wright Museum, and supporters of this project through the 2015 Crain's Detroit Homecoming. Special thanks are due to Linda Forte and Tyrone Davenport for taking a "stand" with their lead gift and helping to make this incredible work of art a reality.
We've recently witnessed the passing of music icon Prince Rogers Nelson and boxing great Muhammad Ali. Both of these individuals, through their dedication, discipline, and mastery, impacted their fields in ways that will undoubtedly echo throughout history. The Wright also recently lost one of its great artists and champions, Howard Sims, a Museum trustee whose company, SDG Associates, is Michigan's oldest Black-owned architectural firm. Mr. Sims' innovation and impact on iconic landmarks like Cobo Center, Wayne County Community College and The Wright Museum cannot be overstated. The Museum and the communities it serves will be forever grateful for the vision, dedication, and longstanding support of Howard Sims and his wife Judith.

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