» WEDNESDAY: Super Summer Storytime
» WEDNESDAY: ASALH Monthly Meeting
» WEDNESDAY: Voices of the Civil War Episode 7
» FRIDAY - SUNDAY: 30th Annual African World Festival
» SATURDAY: Charles H. Wright Memorial Golf Classic ($)
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Super Summer Storytime
Wednesday 8/15 @ noon in the Orientation Theater
Come hear some of the best storytelling around as books for preschool through 2nd grade children are brought to life Wednesdays this August (August 8 - 29).  Early exposure to vocabulary and using pictures and performance to express ideas are all opportunities to build critical literacy skills in children.  These events are free and open to the public, and daycare center and summer camp groups are welcome!  For more information please call (313) 494-5800.
Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Monthly Meeting
Wednesday 8/15 @ 6 pm in the Classrooms
If you are interested in and passionate about Black history, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Detroit branch is the group for you!  The ASALH collects materials on Black history and promotes the results to the public through events and organizational activities; members represent a broad spectrum of academic preparations, career experiences, and interests.  If you are interested in learning more about ASALH Detroit please contact Ms. Kathie House, Coordinator for the organizing ASALH Detroit Branch at (313) 861-3614 or via email at kshouse@oaklandcc.edu, or Mr. Tyrone Davenport, Chief Operating Officer at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, at (313) 494-5884 or tdavenport@chwmuseum.org.  This event is free and open to the public.
Voices of the Civil War Episode 7: "The Day of the Big Gun Shoot"
Wednesday 8/15 online at TheWright.org/voices
The Voices of the Civil War is a five-year film series dedicated to celebrating and commemorating the Civil War over the course of the sesquicentennial.  Each month, new episodes cover pertinent topics that follow the monthly events and issues as they unfolded for African Americans during the Civil War.  In Episode 7, "The Day of the Big Gun Shoot," we visit the Sea Islands of South Carolina, where cotton production flourished during slavery.  As the Civil War unfolds, the islands become the site of the Battle of Port Royal on November 7, 1961.  We encourage your feedback and commentary through our Voices of the Civil War blog, where you can view this and previous episodes at www.TheWright.org/voices.
30th African World Festival @ The Wright Museum
Friday 8/17 - Sunday 8/19 from 12 noon - 11:30 pm daily
Celebrate a proud new tradition as African World Festival comes home to the Wright Museum this year with the theme, “A Family Affair.” This year’s FREE festival features special performances, poetry, arts and crafts, African drumming and dance, vendors, ethnic foods, and exhibitions celebrating the best of the festival’s past. Attendees will have an opportunity to visit and explore The Wright Museum (which will have extended hours until 8 pm on Friday and Saturday) and share in special activities including the free King Center Imaging Project exhibit courtesy of JP Morgan Chase & Co. in the Museum’s Ford Freedom Rotunda.  African World Festival will afford thousands the opportunity to rejoice, relive and reconnect!  Click here to learn more...
Charles H. Wright Memorial Golf Classic
Saturday 8/18 @ 8 am at Eagle Crest Golf Course
Taking place this year at the Eagle Crest Golf Course in Ypsilanti, this annual event includes 18 holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast, food at turn, meal after tournament, goodie bag, and a portion of the proceeds benefits The Wright Museum!  $100 per Golfer; please click here to purchase tickets, or call (313) 655-7331.  Hosted by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Nu Omega Chapter.
Current Exhibitions

The King Center Imaging Project
August 13 - 19
The King Center is home to the world’s largest repository of documents of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including over 1 million speeches, manuscripts, photographs, film, video and other one-of-a-kind materials from the Civil Rights Movement.   JPMorgan Chase, through its Technology for Social Good program, has committed its technology expertise to digitize more than one million pieces of history related to Dr. King.  This traveling exhibit includes 4 interactive touch stations spotlighting Dr. King’s key works, and a "Dream Wall" imaging station to incorporate visitors’ dreams in the project.  The King Center Imaging Project is free and open to the public thanks to the support of JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney
Through September 9,
This retrospective exhibition traces illustrator Jerry Pinkney's 50-year career producing some of the most highly acclaimed children's books of our time.  A popular and critically acclaimed artist, Jerry Pinkney was recently presented with the prestigious Caldecott Medal, awarded to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children that year.  The recipient of five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards, four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, and a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Illustrators in New York, the artist has also served on the Board of the National Endowment for the Arts, and on the National Postal Service’s Citizen Stamp Advisory Council.  "Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney" has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and is sponsored locally by the General Motors Foundation. Click here to learn more...

Moving to His Own Beat - Fela: The Man, The Movement, The Music
Through November, 2012
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, 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 II: The Branches
Through September 2, 2012
This yearlong exhibition features the works of a consortium of Detroit artists in a three-part series subtitled, "Roots, Branches, and Seeds." During the past several years, each artist has collaborated to complete a portrait of a group member and to document each other’s studio processes, techniques and themes. This cooperative provides the group a means of documenting and preserving each artist’s image and their careers.  Exhibiting second are Christopher Batten, Halima Cassels and Senghor Reid who form the “Branches” of the group. They have used inspiration derived from the "Roots" to create murals, installations and large figurative works worldwide. Their work explores environmental issues and the communities in which they live.  Click here to learn more...

You May Have Missed...

Voices of the Civil War Episode 6 "Overwhelming Numbers and Resources"

Our Life in the D, "Urban Stringz is changing the way we hear music in Detroit!"

The Detroit News, "Cissy Houston to speak at local event"

Imagine-Mexico.com, "Exhibit on Afro Mexicans in Guerrero to Open in Detroit, Michigan in November 2012"

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