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2011 Letter from the Chairperson & President

Dear Friends:

Another year has come and gone at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. But, rest assured, not a moment was lost, nor an opportunity for enlightenment and enrichment wasted. Highlights from the past year include:

    • Partnering with over 80 organizations including ACCESS, Detroit Public Television, The Heidelberg Project, and the Michigan Humanities Council to present an incredibly diverse array of programming including over 180 educational and public events
    • Hosting 6 contemporary art exhibits including Gale Fulton Ross’ Hell, Purgatory and Paradise: An Artist’s Journey
    • Honoring Detroit’s own Judge Damon Keith at a truly special Ford Freedom Award Scholar’s Lecture for 1,600 children from around the state, and dinner ceremony paying homage to Champions of Justice Judges Keith and Constance Baker Motley
    • At-capacity Camp Africa summer camp and Super Summer Storytime programs
    • Presentation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts traveling exhibition, a gala benefit that raised over $400,000 for the Museum, and a sold-out follow-up performance by Dance Theatre of Harlem at Detroit School of Arts.

Over the past several years, we, like many of our neighbors in both the business and cultural communities, have had to recalibrate in the new economy. We have had to make tough choices. Yet, we have not “settled” in our core areas of education, of service, or, of excitement. In many ways, the Museum has only gotten better - and a survey of our event programming over the past year, and the projects coming to fruition in the next few, attests to this. It is our duty not only to survive, but to thrive. Nothing less should be expected from an institution whose legacy stems directly from the unparalleled African American experience of emancipation, aspiration and achievement.

Our strength is in our purpose. Our purpose, to provide meaningful educational experiences based on this great legacy, is our greatest strength, and will not let us fail. We encourage each and everyone to be a part of this purpose, to join in our celebrations, to help us make history. This Museum is on track to accomplish great things as it heads towards its 50th anniversary in 2015, but its accomplishments will only be as meaningful as the lives they touch, the hearts they heal, and the passions they ignite: yours, your children’s, and those of generations yet to come.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support and dedication.

Very truly yours,

Elizabeth (“Betty”) Brooks
Chairperson, Board of Trustees

Juanita Moore
President & CEO

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Juanita Moore is a professional with over 30 years of museum experience. She has served as a curator, educator, administrator and museum planner. Ms. Moore is the current President and CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit, MI), the largest museum of its kind in the nation. Prior to assuming her current post, she served as Executive Director of the American Jazz Museum and the Gem Theater located in the 18th & Vine Historic District (Kansas City, MO).

Ms. Moore served as founding Executive Director of the National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN). In that capacity, Ms. Moore oversaw the construction and opening of the museum located at the Lorraine Motel, the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Prior to Memphis, Ms. Moore spent several years planning and subsequently opening the National African American Museum and Cultural Center (Wilberforce, OH). As a senior member of the planning team, she was pivotal in developing a strategy and concept for building a nationally donated collection.

Ms. Moore began her career with the Ohio Historical Society, where she served as the first African American curator. She also served as Director of the Kuumba Na Nia Dance and Theatre Company.

Ms. Moore has served on numerous boards and committees, including:

President, The African American Museums Association

Board Member, The African American Museums Association

Board Member, The American Association of State and Local History

Ms. Moore is currently a member of the following boards:

Board of Directors, American Association of Museums

Board of Directors, University Cultural Center Association

Board of Directors, Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan

Member, Michigan Freedom Trail Commission

Ms. Moore is the proud parent of one adult daughter, Shalewa Moore.