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Juanita Moore
Juanita Moore, President & CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African Americ
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on Sunday, 03 June 2012
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President's Message, June 2012

On June 14, we’re excited to “Witness” the opening of our newest exhibit, Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney, organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  On display through September 9, the exhibition is a 50-year retrospective on the work of this famed African American illustrator who’s been called “a master of the American picture book.”  We look forward to spending our summer with Mr. Pinkney’s lively and enchanting images, which offer memorable perspectives on life’s small but extraordinary moments as well as on significant historical events.


As mentioned in our April newsletter, “Witness” provides the opportunity for The Wright Museum to do its part in encouraging a lifelong love of reading through literacy programming and workshops involving our newly designed Children’s Discovery Room, for this summer and beyond.  Our partnerships with organizations whose expertise in this area best helps us realize our mission of educating the public about the African American experience are crucial to this effort.


On a deeper level, the “Witness” exhibit is foundational to these efforts because of what the works Jerry Pinkney brought to life represent: an entryway for generations of children into the communicative arts.  Having a book read to us as a child is a near universal experience, and the images therein connect a youngster’s incredible imagination with the world of ideas, of which words are but necessary symbols for comprehension.  The art of the storybook attempts an incredible feat: to marry the eyes of a child with the words of an adult.  When done properly, the results inspire minds, and strengthen familial and generational bonds.


Some of these stories are our culture’s oral histories, and the “Art of Jerry Pinkney” will transport even the mature among us back to a place of storytelling, breathlessly following the words and imagery, and wondering what will happen next.  We welcome you to experience this with us - or, as the title says, “Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney!”

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Juanita Moore

Juanita Moore, President & CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the largest museum of its kind, has over 30 years of museum experience: as curator, educator, administrator and museum planner. 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). As founding Executive Director of the National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN), Juanita oversaw the construction and opening of the museum located at the Lorraine Motel, the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Juanita currently serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of the International Council of Museums - United States, Midtown Detroit, Inc., and CultureSource, and was appointed by Governors Granholm and Snyder to the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission. Juanita has served as past President of the Board of the Association of African American Museums.