» TUESDAY: 30 Days To Lose It! Workout ($)
» SATURDAY: Visions of Our 44th President Artists Discussion
» SATURDAY: Liberation Film Series presents Finally got the News
» SUNDAY: Charter One Free Family Second Sunday
» SUNDAY: Dear Mandela Film Screening
» SUNDAY: Fela's Birthday Dance Party
» SUNDAY: Hustle for History Dance Lessons ($)
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30 Days To Lose It! Workshop Workout ($)
Tuesday 10/9 @ 7:30 pm in the MPR
Get fit with the Pierces: join this weekly bootcamp with Steve & Ariss Pierce of RS Health & Fitness at 7:30 pm.  This 6-week mini-program involves a combination of obstacle drills, and strength and ab training, so please bring an exercise mat and resistance bands. 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.

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Visions of Our 44th President Artists Discussion
Saturday 10/13 @ 1 pm in the General Motors Theater
The groundbreaking Visions of Our 44th President exhibit is the collaborative effort of forty-four artists from across the country.  Visit The Wright Museum to enjoy a gallery talk with the artists as they discuss their work, and why this exhibit is of historic importance.  Artists who will be in attendance include Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, Melvin Clark, Louis Delsarte, Ted Ellis, Gale Fulton Ross, Dayo Laoye, Gilda Snowden, and Shirley Woodson; the discussion is moderated by Dr. Ahmad A. Rahman, Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan-Dearborn.  The Artists Discussion is free and open to the public; the Visions of Our 44th President exhibit is free with Museum admission.

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Liberation Film Series presents Finally got the News
Saturday 10/13 @ 2 pm in the General Motors Theater
The second installment of the Liberation Film Series is a free screening of Finally Got the News, followed by the discussion, "Fighting Racism in the Labor Movement," with General Gordon Baker, Jr. and Dr. John H. Bracey.  "Finally Got the News" is a forceful, unique documentary that reveals activities of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers inside and outside the auto factories of Detroit. Through interviews with members of the movement, footage shot in the auto plants, and footage of leafleting and picketing actions, the film documents their efforts to build an independent black labor organization that would respond to their problems, such as the assembly line speed-up and inadequate wages faced by both black and white workers in the industry.  This event is free and open to the public.

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Charter One Free Family Second Sunday
Sunday 10/14 from 1 - 5 pm
Bring the whole family to Rejoice, Relive & Reconnect at The Wright Museum with free admission every second Sunday of the month courtesy of Charter One Bank!  Enjoy the many exhibits on display as well as engaging programming for the entire family.  This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (313) 494-5800.

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Dear Mandela Film Screening & Cast Discussion
Sunday 10/14 at 3 pm in the General Motors Theater
When the South African government begins evicting shack dwellers from their homes, three friends living in Durban’s shantytowns refuse to be moved.  "Dear Mandela" follows their journey to South Africa’s highest court as they invoke Nelson Mandela’s example and become leaders in a social movement led by shack dwellers.  By turns inspiring, devastating and funny, "Dear Mandela" offers a fresh perspective on the youth’s role in a South Africa coming of age.  Following the film, the filmmaker and two of the cast members will discuss the issues presented in "Dear Mandela," and the parallels of their experience to those who live in Detroit.  To see more about the film, visit http://dearmandela.com/  Free and open to the public.

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Fela's Birthday Dance Party
Sunday 10/14 at 4pm in the Fela Exhibit
Celebrate the birthday of legendary Fela Kuti at this listening & dance party.  Enjoy light refreshments, dance, listen to his iconic music and explore Fela: The Man, The Movement, The Music, the exhibition celebrating his life and musical gift of Afrobeat.  Free and open to the public.

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Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Sunday 10/14 @ 5 pm in the Ford Freedom Rotunda

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.

Current Exhibitions

Visions of Our 44th President
Through August 4, 2013
This collective art exhibit was created to honor and celebrate the significance of the first African American President of the United States, Barack Obama.  Forty-four busts were created from a model that served as a blank canvas, giving each of forty-four artists from across the country free reign to creatively interpret this milestone in American history.  The Visions exhibit opens at The Wright Museum before becoming the Museum’s first national traveling exhibit, visiting prestigious museums, libraries, universities and galleries across the country.  At the conclusion of the tour, the exhibit will become a part of The Wright Museum’s permanent collection.  To learn more, including how you can help support this once-in-a-life-time undertaking, visit VisionsOfOur44thPresident.com.

Moving to His Own Beat - Fela: The Man, The Movement, The Music
Through March 17, 2013
Created in partnership with Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, this exhibit examines the life of Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti in the realms of music, culture, and politics, and preludes the arrival of the off-Broadway smash musical, Fela!, in February, 2012.  Fela's undying passion for African peoples, understanding of the power of art and politics, and unyielding struggle against the colonial forces in Nigeria during the 1950s and 1960s, solidified his legacy as a shimmering agent of change against the status quo.  He spoke out against the ruling government, returned to African traditions that had been interrupted during Colonialism, and brilliantly used his music as a medium for social change.  Always pushing the envelope, Fela infused traditional African highlife music with classical jazz and funk, which evolved into a unique sound that he called, “Afrobeat.”  The powerful music and social commentary found throughout his vast catalogue of recordings is indicative of his desire to help end oppression among African peoples everywhere.  Click here to learn more...

The Chris Webber Collection: Exceptional People During Extraordinary Times, 1755 - Present
Through November 6, 2012
Chris Webber, Detroit native, National Basketball Association All-Star player (retired) and NBA announcer, collects rare artifacts that illuminate the lives and legacies of African American greats such as Phillis Wheatley, the first African American author; Rosa Parks , mother of the modern civil rights movement; civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many others.  Viewers get a glimpse of their heritage and learn about a different facet of Chris Webber, basketball player, philanthropist, and collector of African American history.  Click here to learn more...

Great American Artists - Part III: The Seeds
Through January 6, 2013
This yearlong exhibition features the works of a consortium of Detroit artists in a three-part series subtitled, "Roots, Branches, and Seeds."  This cooperative provides the group a means of documenting and preserving each artist’s image and their careers.  In this third installment, the works of Endia Beal, Sydney James and Mario Moore form the “Seeds” of the group. They have used inspiration derived from the exhibit's first two parts - The Roots and Branches - to create works that address the social issues of today. 
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A Very Present Force: Celebrating 100 Years of the Detroit Branch NAACP
Opening October 30, 2012
Since its formation in 1912 - only three years after the founding of the national association - the Detroit Branch NAACP has been on the front lines of civil rights activism and advocacy, both locally and throughout the nation.  A Very Present Force celebrates this sustained and important century-long struggle for equal opportunity and social justice.  Organized into three sections, A Very Present Force explores the Detroit Branch NAACP’s rich local history while situating it within the broader national and international struggle for civil rights.  Click here to learn more...

You May Have Missed...

President's Message, October 2012

Voices of the Civil War Episode 8 "Battle of Antietam"

Downtown Birmingham / Bloomfield, "Charles H. Wright Museum's Annual Benefit Gala"

AAPS News, "Pioneer students win Kerrytown Bookfest design contest"

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