President's Message, September 2011


Thu, May 24 | Millennial Conversations: Midterm Elections & Politica..
Thu, May 24 | Brown Bag Weekly Film Series: Spies of Mississippi
Fri, May 25 | African Liberation Day 2018: Honoring Our Warriors & T..
Sat, May 26 | Meet the Scientist Saturday
Sat, May 26 | African Liberation Day 2018: Reparations Activist Workshop
Sat, May 26 | Land + Water WORKS @ the Museums
Sat, May 26 | Freedom School at The Wright Museum
Sun, May 27 | CANCELLED: GBI Political Education Series: Review of C..
Sun, May 27 | Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons
Tue, May 29 | Brown Bag Weekly Film Series: The FBI’s War on Black..
Wed, May 30 | African World Festival Community Advisory Meeting
Thu, May 31 | Brown Bag Weekly Film Series: Race, Power & American Sports

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This September begins in spectacular fashion at The Wright Museum because our volunteers ROCK! Coming up are two very important events that are the culmination of many months of hard work by two very dedicated groups of volunteers.  A  Host Committee, led by Yvette Bing, presents the Dance Theater of Harlem Gala on Friday, September 9. This fundraiser will support exhibitions and related educational programming for the museum.  And for the fifth year running, the tireless Women's Committee of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History presents the Grandparents Day Celebration that very Sunday, September 11. 


This year’s Grandparents Day Celebration falls on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, that terrible tragedy.  Amidst the joy and celebration of the weekend's events will be a solemn recognition, led by Brigadier General Michael Stone, Commander of the Michigan National Guard, of the brave men and women of 9/11 and all the days since who help, protect, and keep us from harm, be they service men and women, officers of the peace, firefighters, medics, or other first responders.  Our “Grand Notables” will be honored as well, not only for the grandparents they are, but also for their grand parenting of the community as a result of their selfless volunteer efforts.


Just as 9/11 brought out the valor of volunteerism to help halt and heal the nation's wounds, non-profit organizations and cultural institutions could not exist without the daily contributions of their volunteer corps.  Dr. Charles H. Wright was the Museum's original volunteer, and with the help of those early volunteers who helped build the museum, his legacy continues unabated to this day.  Volunteers truly are this Museum's lifeline, and these two events, the Gala and Grandparents Day, would not exist were it otherwise.  So please, come enjoy the fruits of these dedicated volunteers' labors, for without a doubt, they benefit us all.


40 Years of Firsts Gala Host Committee

Yvette Bing, Chair

Jo Coleman, Co-Chair

Jennifer Fischer, Co-Chair

Cynthia Ford, Co-Chair

Kim Reuss, Co-Chair

Betty Brooks

Serena Cockrell

Peggy Daitch

Retha Douglas

Linda Forte

MaryAnne Gargaro

Sharon James

Marion Jones

Florine Mark

Sharon Madison Polk

Vivian Pickard

Sandra E. Pierce

Glenda Price, Ph.D.

Suzanne Shank

Lorna Thomas, M.D.

Roberta Hughes Wright, Ph.D.


Charles H. Wright Museum Women’s Committee

Erika Beal

Nico Shelton Berry

Patricia Browning

Shirley Burke

Susan Buyck

Annivory Calvert

Lisa Calvin

China Cochran

Elizabeth Cooper

Mary E. Cooper

Connie C. Cothorn

Violet Craft

Mary E. Duncan

Gail Echols

Victoria Edwards

Pam Ellis

Brenda Gatlin

Anita T. Gibbs

Selma Goggans

Carol Gray

Deborah Hardin

Phyllis A. Harris

Shirley Hill

Fawn Kern

Yolanda Kiel

Mary Ann Lee

Jane M. Little

Brenda Lyons

Dorothy Moorehead

Stacey Muhammad

Shirley Northcross

Juliana Perryman

Patricia Smith

Barbara K. Hughes Smith, Ph.D

DiAnna Solomon

Joyce L. Suber

Charlette Gorman Taylor

Lynda Thompson

Lorraine Tyler

Ruth Waugh

Cassandra Whitfield

Roberta Hughes Wright, Ph.D