» TUESDAY: 30 Days To Lose It! Workshop & Workout ($)
» WEDNESDAY: Voices of the Civil War Episode 8
» WEDNESDAY: ASALH Monthly Meeting
» FRIDAY: Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang at AANM ($)
» SATURDAY: 8th Biennial Awards for Excellence Legacy Dinner (SOLD OUT)
» SUNDAY: Hustle for History Dance Lessons ($)
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30 Days To Lose It! Workshop & Workout ($)
Tuesday 9/18 @ 6:30 pm in the MPR
Get in gear for season 3 with part 2 of a 2-part "Boost Nutrition on a Budget" workshop, presented by Oakwood Registered Dietitians at 6:30 pm, and a weekly cardio dance workout with Lazet Michaels Boatman, CEO, The "Life Center" Private Fitness Facility at 7:30 pm.  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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Voices of the Civil War Episode 8
Wednesday 9/19 online at TheWright.org/voices
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.  Within these episodes there are various primary sources – letters and diaries, newspaper reports, and more - to recount various experiences of blacks during this period.  We encourage your feedback and commentary through our Voices of the Civil War blog: http://www.thewright.org/voices.

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Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Monthly Meeting
Wednesday 9/19 @ 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.

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Global Fridays presents Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang ($)
Friday 9/21 at 7:30 pm at the Arab American National Museum

Janka Nabay is the undisputed king of bubu, a frantically paced dance music with ancient, magical origins in his native Sierra Leone. A superstar there since the mid 1990s, Nabay saw his music become a political football during a bloody civil war, so he came to America in 2002 to create a wild, high-octane juggernaut of call-and-response vocal interplay, juddering dancefloor rhythms, synths and guitars. These exciting new sounds draw as much from bubu as they do from the sunny energy of Ghanaian highlife, the extended improvisations of ‘70s Miles Davis, the hypnotic rhythms of classic Afrobeat and the swirling echoes of ‘60s and ‘70s psychedelia.  Tickets are $10; click here for more information and to purchasePLEASE NOTE: This event takes place at the Arab American National Museum located at 13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI.

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8th Biennial Awards for Excellence Legacy Dinner (SOLD OUT)
Saturday 9/22 @ 5 pm in the Ford Freedom Rotunda
Hosted by the Friends Committee of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, this biennial event honors the legacy of Museum founder Dr. Charles H. Wright by recognizing excellence in the works of those in the local community.  The 2012 theme, "The Dream, The Vision, The Legacy Continues" will carry the evening as awards are presented in the categories of Education, Fine Arts, Media/Communications, Community Activism, and Volunteerism.  During the awards ceremony, there will be a “Where Are They Now” recognition of individuals delivered by Dr. Wright between 1953 and 1985.  Doors open for the Legacy Dinner at 5 pm, with cocktails at 5:30 pm followed by dinner, awards presentation, and afterglow.  Jerome Clark is the featured entertainer.

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Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Sunday 9/23 @ 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
Opening September 20, 2012
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 was 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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You May Have Missed...

President's Message, September 2012

The Detroit News, "Benefits transform two venues in Detroit"

Hour Detroit, "La Bibliotheque, A Charles H. Wright Museum Gala"

Michigan Chronicle, "Great American Artist: Featuring Sydney James"

MLive, "Detroit elementary named among 'coolest schools in America'"

PBS NewsHour, "The Daily Frame"

Voices of the Civil War Episode 7 "The Day of the Big Gun Shoot"

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• Special pricing on select museum events
• 20% off meals at Union Street Restaurant

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