The Fifth Letter, The Loving Story & More: The Wright's Weekly Update June 22 - 28 - The Charles H. Wright Museum Blog

The Fifth Letter, The Loving Story & More: The Wright's Weekly Update June 22 - 28

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30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workout ($)
Tuesday, June 23 at 7:30 pm
Celebrate Black Music Month 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 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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"The Fifth Letter:" Our History & Mind-Boggling Coincidences featuring Dr. Vivian Carpenter
Wednesday, June 24 at 6 pm
Join author and Detroit native Vivian Carpenter to hear about the story behind her new novel, The Fifth Letter, a political thriller about Associate Supreme Court Justice Katherine Helena Ross, the first black female on the U.S. Supreme Court. What happens when a liberal Black female justice of the Supreme Court is caught between her conscience and the call of political expedience? There's more to this story than just the story! Dr. Carpenter will sign books following the lecture. Free. Click here to learn more...

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"The Loving Story" Film Screening & Discussion
Friday, June 26 at 6 pm
This is a screening of “The Loving Story." It tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the history and the current state of interracial marriage and tolerance in the United States. Helping to change the course of history, the “Lovings,” were a mixed-race couple from rural Virginia, whose court case eventually overturned the last remaining miscegenation laws in the U.S. and in turn, helped change the course of history. This screening is presented by The Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development in partnership with The Wright Museum. Free. Click here to learn more...

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Grace Lee Boggs' 100th Birthday Celebration
Friday, June 26 at 6 pm

You're invited to Grace Lee Boggs' 100th Birthday Celebration here at The Wright Museum. Grace Lee Boggs is a name most Detroiters should know. For the last 75 years, Ms. Boggs has been a leader in the labor, black power, and civil rights movements in the city and beyond, influencing generations of activists along the way. Free. Click here to learn more...

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Family Activity Series Drumming Workshop
Saturday, June 27 at 12 pm

Join in the celebration of The Wright's 50th anniversary with this regular Saturday activity series for the whole family! Featured this week will be a drumming workshop highlighting the world's oldest and most universal instrument. Everyone loves banging on a drum, so bring your children AND parents to make a joyful noise with us! Free. Click here to learn more...

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Meet the Scientist Saturday featuring David Head & Dr. Terrance Dillard
Saturday, June 27 at 2 pm

Do you know a curious student, a young Einstein, or a future tech wizard who is always thinking of the next big thing? Bring them to discover and explore science with activities led by scientists and technologists with the hands-on exhibit, "Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology!" David Head & colleagues from the David L. Head Foundation will discuss African American inventors like Granville T. Woods and Elijah McCoy, and their inventions and contributions to science. Free. Click here to learn more...

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Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Sunday, June 28 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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• 20% off meals at Union Street Restaurant


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