The Wright Museum

New Detroit's Racial Identity & Storytelling Project (Session 2)

New Detroit has been working to improve race relations in Detroit and southeast Michigan for more than 50 years. Three years ago we embarked on a project called the “Genealogy, Racial Healing & Storytelling Project.” This project takes place in 4 cities: Detroit, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Baltimore.

Participants will gain a greater understanding of their own racial and ethnic identity within the context of both American and world history. Sessions for this project are led by New Detroit and include experts in the fields of genealogy, history and storytelling.


February 13, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

· The History of the Creation and Use of Race as a Concept (Session I) This session will cover when, how and why the concept of race was created as well as how that concept is still part of our society today and the effect that it has;

February 27, 2019 | 12:00pm – 2:00 pm

· Genealogy Research (Session 2). Participants will research their own family’s history.

March 27, 2019 | 9:00am - 11:00am

· Personal Reflections (Session 3). Recognize and understand the personal emotions related to one’s discovery.

March 27, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

· Storytelling (Keynote Event). Participants share their own voices about the issue of race through the power of storytelling.