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Music Legends Join Patti Austin for The Wright’s 50th Anniversary Celebration; “Oh, Freedom!” honors Black History Month with Grammy Award-winners & local talent

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Several noteworthy additions have been made to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s 50th anniversary concert, "Oh, Freedom! A Musical Journey Through African American History," taking place Sunday, March 1 at 7 pm at the Detroit Opera House. Joining the program are Gospel Superfest lifetime achievement award-winner Vanessa Bell Armstrong; Official Jazz Master Laureate for the City of Detroit Marcus Belgrave; Grammy Award-winning Motown producer Sanchez Harley; keyboardist & musical director for Michael Jackson, Greg Phillinganes; and founder and director of The American Playwright Theatre, Barry Scott.

Presented by Ford Motor Company, “Oh, Freedom!” features Grammy Award-winning singer Patti Austin, a choir with 75 of Detroit’s finest voices, and orchestra in the capstone event for The Wright's 2015 Black History Month, and celebrates the museum's 50th anniversary as it commemorates 500 years of African American history through music, song, and the spoken word. Previous performances by Ms. Austin of “Oh, Freedom!” have been lauded in San Francisco, Nashville, and Memphis. The show will include a tribute to the original founders of The Wright Museum, a medley produced by and starring Phillinganes, who served as musical director for the best-selling album of all time – Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and feature performances by Grammy-nominated gospel artist Vanessa Bell Armstrong, jazz trumpet master Marcus Belgrave, and 30-time Detroit Music Award-winning blues artist Thornetta Davis. The 50th anniversary choir includes Grammy-nominated artist Joan Belgrave, as well as singers from over 20 metropolitan church choirs, the Detroit School of Arts and West Bloomfield High School.

Tickets for Oh Freedom! start at $25 and are available at the Detroit Opera House box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, and by phone at (800) 745-3000. The Wright Museum is also giving away 2 pairs of tickets per day through a promotional text-to-win contest. To enter, entrants can text “Patti” to 72727 anytime from February 23 through February 27. Winners will be selected and notified daily.

For more information visit TheWright.org/ohfreedom. Oh Freedom! is made possible by support from Ford Motor Company, Macy’s, and AARP Michigan.

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2015 Black History Month at The Wright Museum; Museum’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations Include Highest Profile Month of the Year Programming

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The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will present a wide range of exciting, insightful, and inspirational programming in celebration of Black History Month. The museum will be open every day of February to accommodate the expected record visitation by school groups and the general public as a result of the museum’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the museum, located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, and are free and open to the public. A complete listing of events is attached; of special note are the following:

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at The Wright Museum; Museum’s most popular day of the year features annual commemorative breakfast, youth forum, and film premiere

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The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History presents its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration Monday, January 19, 2015. Featured events include the 15th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemorative Breakfast and the first Unknown Legacy of MLK Forum, hosted in partnership with Public Allies Metro Detroit. These highlights and a variety of other family friendly activities will be held at the museum, located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, on its most popular day of the year.

The Commemorative Breakfast precedes the day’s events, beginning at 8 am. Hosted by the Women’s and Friends’ Committees of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History as an annual fundraiser for the museum, the breakfast will features guest speaker State Senator Coleman A. Young, II, The Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy Choir, The Institute of Music & Dance at Marygrove College, and a special presentation by University of Detroit Jesuit High School student and John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award nominee Saunders James Lee II. U.S. Congressman John Conyers, Jr. will serve as the Honorary Chairperson.

The Wright Museum opens to the public at 9 am and the day’s schedule includes arts & crafts, children’s activities and workshops, civil rights films on continued rotation, dance and musical performances, and the display of Martin Luther King artifacts including Table of Brotherhood, signed by luminaries such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Spike Lee, and an official maquette (scale model) of the Martin Luther King National Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Beginning at 10 am, Public Allies Metro Detroit explores the “Unknown Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” through a youth dialogue based on race, culture, and Detroit identity in leadership. Through presentations, workshops, and roundtable discussions, youth and young adults are invited to examine organizational policies, practices, attitudes, and initiatives to help them on their quest as NEW-NOW-NEXT community leaders, in addition to cultivating meaningful cross-cultural discussion on current social and civic issues. The forum is free but advance registration is encouraged at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unknown-legacy-of-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-tickets-15068124165.

Making its southeastern Michigan premiere, the 2014 documentary, "Al Helm (The Dream): Martin Luther King in Palestine" will be presented in partnership with the Arab American National Museum. Following the screening is a discussion focusing on community building, service, and ways to diffuse racial and ethnic tensions. Panelists include Will See, youth coordinator at East Michigan Environmental Action Council; Amanda Ghannam of Kairos USA's board of directors and former Students for Justice in Palestine organizer; Dr. Jeffery D. Robinson, principal at Paul Robeson/Malcolm X Academy and pastor at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, both in Detroit; and Zena Ozeir, activist/Public Ally. The film screening and discussion are free but advance registration is encouraged at http://bit.ly/mlkinpalestine.

Also taking place is the debut of the museum’s latest exhibit Shadow Matter: The Rhythm of Structure – Afro Futurism to Afro Surrealism, a one-man show featuring the works of New York sculptor and Inkster, Michigan-native M. Scott Johnson. Johnson studied under master artisans in Africa, and his work - which is influenced by African American techno music, Ndyuka and Saramaka graphic art forms, and Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi - has been exhibited in galleries across the United States and abroad including the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harvard University, and The New York Botanical Gardens.

Tickets for the Commemorative Breakfast are $35 and can be purchased online at www.TheWright.org, by calling (800) 838-3006, or at the museum during normal business hours. Discounted group tickets are available for $30 each when purchased in groups of 10, and all breakfast tickets include admission to MLK Day activities at the museum. Doors open at 7 am and breakfast will be served promptly at 8 am in the museum’s Ford Freedom Rotunda. Valet parking will be available.

MLK Day activities and exhibits are free with museum admission, which is $8 for adults (ages 13-61), $5 for seniors (62+) and youth ages (3-12), and free for museum members and children under 3. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day programming is made possible by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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The 2014 Wright Gala: The Ball Promises to be the “FunRaising” Production of the Season with Art Deco Glam, Broadway Magic, and Studio 54 Tribute

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There are galas, and there is THE Gala. In only its fourth year, The Wright Gala has become one of Detroit’s most highly anticipated annual events. It is the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s largest fundraiser, drawing hundreds of leading figures from corporations, culture, government, and the media. This year’s event, themed “The Ball,” takes place Saturday, October 11, 2014 beginning at 6:30 pm at the museum, located at 315 East Warren Avenue.

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The theme of the 2014 Wright Gala is inspired by the museum’s current exhibition, A Theatre of Color: Costume Design for the Black Theatre by Myrna Colley Lee. Guests will experience the excitement and magic of Broadway, including celebrity guests, high fashion, eclectic dining, and “Studio 54” disco dancing into the night.

"The Wright Gala is a key fundraising initiative that helps support ongoing educational programming at the museum," said Juanita Moore, president & CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2015. "This signature event helps raise significant funding to pursue our mission of opening minds and changing lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture.”

Highlights of the black-tie extravaganza will include:

  • Indulgent libations in a monumental tent that will take over the museum grounds until sunset
  • Red carpet arrival and reception in the museum’s transformed Ford Freedom Rotunda with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a peak at the playbills for the evening’s Broadway-style show
  • Decadent dinner cuisine served in a supper club atmosphere, recognition program emceed by WDIV’s Lauren Campbell-Sanders, and toast to a “surprise” Tony Award-winning guest
  • Silent auction of works by some of Detroit’s most prominent artists, exotic travel packages, and tickets to the most coveted sporting and entertainment events
  • Dessert and dance-till-you-drop Studio 54 disco party

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets for The Wright Gala start at $350 each and include open bar, dinner, Studio 54 party and complimentary valet parking. Tickets are available online at TheWrightGala.com, by phone at (800) 838-3006, or at the museum’s Information Desk.

“We are forever grateful to the members of the gala’s Host Committee, who donate their time, influence, and resources to help The Wright,” said Moore. “Our committee of dedicated volunteers, as well as our sponsors, represent a wide array of the Detroit community, and it’s great to see so much support for art, literacy and culture.”

The 2014 Wright Gala Host Committee:

Rumia Ambrose Burbank, Yvette Bing, Rosalind Brewer, Betty Brooks, Lauren Campbell-Sanders, Julianne Carroll, Janice Cosby-Bridges, Eva Cunningham, Brenda Davis, Retha Douglas, Eleanor Ford, Linda Forte, Mary Anne Gargaro, Linda Gillum Ph.D., Gretchen Gonzales Davidson, Barbara Hughes Smith Ph.D., Roberta Hughes Wright Ph.D., Denise Ilitch, Sharon James, Marion Jones, Florine Mark, Terri Moon, Vivian Pickard, Glenda Price Ph.D., Suzanne Shank, Barbara Whittaker, Jacqueline Wilson

The 2014 Wright Gala Sponsors:

  • General Motors Company, Presenting Gala Co-Sponsor
  • Ford Motor Company, Presenting Gala Co-Sponsor
  • General Motors Foundation, Arts and Education Partner
  • MGM Grand Detroit, VIP Reception Sponsor
  • Bank of America, Entertainment Sponsor
  • St. John Providence Health System, Entertainment Sponsor
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Theatre Arts Workshop Sponsor

RUN OF SHOW:

6:30 pm               VIP Reception

7:15 pm               Gala Cocktail Reception

8:00 pm               The Ball Seated Dinner & Show

10:00 pm             Studio 54 Party

A Theatre of Color: Costume Design for the Black Theatre by Myrna Colley-Lee is sponsored by General Motors Foundation. The exhibit is on display until January 4, 2015 and is free with museum admission

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New Music Video Features Acting Cameo by Acclaimed Opera Singer George Shirley

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In this recently released video by musical artist Aloe Blacc for his song, Hello World (The World is Ours), 2014 Wright Museum partner, acclaimed Metropolitan Opera Singer and Grammy Award-winning University of Michigan Professor George Shirley makes an acting cameo. This past March, The Wright Museum and Videmus, as part of the George Shirley Education and Outreach Initiative, presented a masterclass for students to work directly with Mr. Shirley.

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Liberation Film Series presents Lumumba at The Wright Museum; Free film screening & discussion includes current challenges in the Congo

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The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s Liberation Film Series presents a free screening of Lumumba, the true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed Prime Minister of the independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba. The screening will be followed by a discussion on “Lumumba: The Man, His Ideas, and Today's Challenge in the Congo,” led by Dr. Rita Kiki (Nkiru) Edozie of Michigan State University and Maurice Carney of the Friends of the Congo organization. This free event takes place Saturday, April 12, 2014, starting at 2 pm at the museum, located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Detroit.

Using newly discovered historical evidence, Lumumba renders an emotional and tautly woven account of the mail clerk and beer salesman with a flair for oratory and an uncompromising belief in the capacity of his homeland to build a prosperous, independent, and truly African nation free of its former Belgium overlords. Lumumba emerges as the heroic sacrificial lamb dubiously portrayed by the international media and led to slaughter by commercial and political interests in Belgium, the United States, the international community, and Lumumba's own administration. It is a true story of political intrigue and murder where political entities, captains of commerce, and the military dovetail in their quest for economic and political hegemony.

The Berlin (Congo) Conference of 1884 - 1885 established agreements for Europeans to increase their colonialism of Africa to gain access to vast mineral resources, free labor, wealth and geostrategic locations. In 1878, King Léopold II of Belgium joined forces with Henry Morton Stanley, under the guise of philanthropic interests, to obtain the Congo Free State - what is today the Democratic Republic of the Congo - as his personal property. Leopold criminally “owned and ruled” the Congo Free State for 23 years (1885 - 1908) and earned the equivalent of one billion dollars primarily from the extraction of rubber, ivory, and the exploitation of free African labor. King Léopold II’s reign resulted in the mutilation and murder of over 13 million Congolese, approximately half of the population of the region. The historian Walter Rodney’s 1972 magnum opus, entitled “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa,” further delineates this atrocity. For 52 years following King Léopold II, from 1908 to 1960, the Congolese people suffered under the foot of Belgian colonization.

Patrice Émery Lumumba (born Élias Okit'Asombo, July 2, 1925 – January 17, 1961) was a Congolese, pan African revolutionary leader who helped his country win its independence from Belgium in June 1960 and became the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo (now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo). On January 17, 1961, after being beaten and tortured, Patrice Lumumba was assassinated. This criminal act, sanctioned by U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, was coordinated by CIA Director Allan Dulles (and attempted by his agents Victor Hedgman and Joseph Scheider) and Belgian, British (M16) and United Nation forces in collusion with United States-financed Congolese mercenaries Joseph-Desiré Mobutu, Joseph Kasavubu, Moïse Kapenda Tshombe, and their associates.

Directed by Raoul Peck, the story of Lumumba serves as one of many possible entry points for examining the history of Africa’s exploitation and how it continues to inform the continent’s present and future, and serves as a substantive comparison to the continuing fight for justice and rights of African Americans.

About the Liberation Film Series

The Liberation Film Series is supported by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the Black/African Studies Departments of Michigan State University, University of Michigan - Dearborn, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, Wayne County Community College District, Oakland University, and University of Massachusetts – Amherst, National Council of Black Studies, Dr. Errol Henderson (Pennsylvania State University), Media Education Foundation, The Walter P. Reuther Library – Wayne State University, Fashion International, Black & White Look Optical Corporation, Wayne State University Press, Bentley Historical Library - University of Michigan, University Prep Science & Math High School, Nandi’s Book Store, The African History Network Show, community activists, and individual contributors. The 2013 - 2014 season of the Liberation Film Series runs through June 2014, and is free and open to the public. For more information, including the complete series schedule and respective speaker profiles, discussion topics, trailers, reading lists, supplemental educational links, and insightful statements of endorsement, please visit www.TheWright.org/liberation.

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Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice; free lecture & book signing features the only biography endorsed by Marshall’s family

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Young-ThurgoodProfessor and scholar Dr. Larry S. Gibson will discuss and sign copies of his latest book, Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice, the only biography on the celebrated jurist Thurgood Marshall to be endorsed by his family. This free takes place Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 2 pm at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Detroit.

Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice is an exhaustively researched and engagingly written work that will be of interest to any everyone interested in law, civil rights, and American history. Thurgood Marshall was the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century. He transformed the nation's legal landscape by challenging the racial segregation that had relegated millions to second-class citizenship. He won twenty-nine of thirty-three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, was a federal appeals court judge, served as the U.S. solicitor general, and, for twenty-four years, sat on the U.S. Supreme Court. But Marshall's personality, attitudes, priorities, and work habits had crystallized during earlier years in Maryland.

Young Thurgood is the first close examination of the formative period in Marshall's life. Dr. Gibson presents fresh information about Marshall's family, youth, and education. He describes Marshall's key mentors, the special impact of his high school and college competitive debating, his struggles to establish a law practice during the Great Depression, and his first civil rights cases. The author also sheds new light on the NAACP and its first lawsuits in the campaign that led to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation decision, and corrects some of the often-repeated stories about Marshall that are inaccurate.

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Larry S. Gibson is a professor of law at the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, where he teaches Evidence, Election Law, Race and the Law, and Civil Procedure. Gibson is a graduate of Howard University and Columbia University School of Law and has practiced law in Maryland. Also a civil rights activist and advocate, Gibson participated in the 1963 March on Washington, engaged in sit-in demonstrations, and lobbied for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He has also acted as legal counsel to several civil rights organizations and leaders.

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Liberation Film Series presents "Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice;" free film screening and discussion highlight fight against lynching, past and present

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IdaBWells-APassionForJustice-nocrops-1On the heels of the conviction of Michael Dunn for three counts of attempted second-degree murder, and a mistrial in the first-degree murder charge for the death of Jordan Davis, the February installment of the Liberation Film Series features the documentary, Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice, focused on Ms. Wells’ mission which remains relevant today given the tragic results of contemporary “stand your ground” laws, racial profiling, stop-and-frisk police tactics, the escalating incarceration of black males, and the culture of violence with which American communities continue to struggle. The film will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Melba Joyce Boyd, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Africana Studies, Wayne State University, entitled, “Our Strongest Voice Against the Ubiquitous Lynching of Black America.” This free event takes place Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 2 pm at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Detroit.

Passion for Justice provides an overview of the life of Ida Bell Wells Barnett (1862 - 1931).  Born into slavery on July 16, 1862, in Holly Springs, Mississippi, she became one of the leading African American journalists and activists of her time. She came into the national spotlight in 1884, when she refused to give up her seat on a train and had to be ejected by two men.  She sued the railroad company for discrimination and won, but this decision was subsequently overturned by a higher court.

Wells’ stand against discrimination and racial violence became the mantra for her activist journalism, especially on the subject of lynching. She was the co-owner of the Memphis Free Press, and in 1892 when three of her friends, Thomas Moss, Calvin McDowell, and Henry Stewart, were lynched because their small grocery store had taken away customers from a competing white business, Wells reported the crime in her paper. Consequently, her printing equipment was destroyed by a mob and her life publically threatened in an article that appeared in the Memphis daily newspaper. Forced into exile, she began writing for Thomas T. Fortune’s newspaper, The New York Age, under the pseudonym “Iola.”

After she married Attorney Ferdinand Barnett and permanently moved to Chicago, she became the editor of The Conservator, a newspaper Barnett had previously owned and operated. Throughout her life Ida B. Wells advocated for equal rights for blacks and for women. She was a part of the leadership of major activist organizations, alongside persons such as Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Frances E.W. Harper, and W.E.B. Du Bois. She even sought elected office later in life. Her name is the one most often associated with the fight against lynching and other terrorist activities that threatened and undermined the African American community during the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. 

Directed by William Greaves, Passion for Justice has appeared on public television stations and in classrooms throughout the nation and internationally. It provides an excellent introduction and overview of Wells’ dynamic life and the critical roles she played to advance democratic and economic rights from African Americans and women.

About the Liberation Film Series

The Liberation Film Series is supported by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the Black/African Studies Departments of Michigan State University, University of Michigan - Dearborn, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, Wayne County Community College District, Oakland University, and University of Massachusetts – Amherst, National Council of Black Studies, Dr. Errol Henderson (Pennsylvania State University), Media Education Foundation, The Walter P. Reuther Library – Wayne State University, Fashion International, Black & White Look Optical Corporation, Wayne State University Press, Bentley Historical Library - University of Michigan, University Prep Science & Math High School, Nandi’s Book Store, community activists, and individual contributors.

The 2013 - 2014 season of the Liberation Film Series runs through June 2014, and is free and open to the public. For more information, including the complete series schedule and respective speaker profiles, discussion topics, trailers, reading lists, supplemental educational links, and insightful statements of endorsement, please visit www.thewright.org/liberation.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at The Wright Museum; Museum’s most popular day of the year features Commemorative Breakfast celebration, activities for the entire family

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The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History presents the 14th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemorative Breakfast Monday, January 20, 2014 beginning at 8 am. The breakfast precedes a full day of activities honoring Dr. King and his legacy at the museum,located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, on its most popular day of the year.

Hosted by the Women’s and Friends’ Committees of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the breakfast, an annual fundraiser for the museum, will feature a keynote by Reverend Dr. Carlyle Fielding Stewart III, Senior Pastor, Hope United Methodist Church; Charleston, South Carolina contemporary violinist Daniel Davis performing a MLK tribute entitled The Dream Today; China Cochran, Lyric Soprano; 2013 Miss Michigan American Sweetheart Isabella Vesprini; and the Institute of Music & Dance at Marygrove College. To mark the 40th anniversary of the city’s first African American mayor taking office, the posthumous Honorary Chair of the breakfast is Mayor Coleman A. Young, with his friend, the Honorable Damon J. Keith of the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, as Honorary Co-Chair.

The Wright Museum opens to the public at 9 am with a full day of activities, and will remain open until 7 pm. The day’s schedule includes arts & crafts, children’s activities and workshops; a musical performance by contemporary violinist Daniel Davis; screenings of the museum-produced documentary, A King Among Us; displays of Martin Luther King artifacts including a recently donated, signed copy of Dr. King’s 1964 book, Why We Can’t Wait, and two gifts of General Motors: the Table of Brotherhood, signed by luminaries such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Spike Lee, and an official maquette (scale model) of the Martin Luther King National Memorial in Washington, D.C.; and a morning book signing by the Honorable Damon J. Keith for Crusader for Justice: Federal Judge Damon J. Keith, written by Peter J. Hammer and Trevor W. Coleman with a foreword by Mitch Albom.

Additionally, the museum will open its latest traveling exhibition, Point of View: African American Art Masters from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection, which features works by modern masters such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, William Edouard Scott, Elizabeth Catlett, James Van Der Zee, and many others. Point of View is a two-part exhibit drawn from the impressive African American and African Diaspora art collection of Elliot and Kimberly Perry, presented in partnership with the Flint Institute of Arts, which is displaying the collection’s contemporary works. Elliot Perry, a former professional basketball player, started to collect mid-to late 20th century African American art in 1996, and has said that his passion for art now rivals his love for basketball. This collaboration allows visitors to see both exhibitions with the purchase of one ticket.

Tickets for the Commemorative Breakfast are $35 and can be purchased online at www.TheWright.org, by calling (800) 838-3006, or at the museum during normal business hours. Discounted group tickets are available for $30 each when purchased in groups of 10, and all breakfast tickets include admission to MLK Day activities at the museum. Doors open at 7 am and breakfast will be served promptly at 8 am in the museum’s Ford Freedom Rotunda.  Valet parking will be available.

crusaderforjustice smMLK Day activities and exhibits are free with museum admission, which is $8 for adults (ages 13-61), $5 for seniors (62+) and youth ages (3-12), and free for museum members and children under 3. The first 100 visitors to the daylong celebration will receive a signed copy of Crusader for Justice: Federal Judge Damon J. Keith with the purchase of a museum membership or Commemorative Breakfast ticket, courtesy of the Ford Motor Company Fund.

About Crusader for Justice: Federal Judge Damon J. Keith

The Honorable Damon J. Keith was appointed to the federal bench in 1967 and has served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit since 1977, where he has been an eloquent defender of civil and constitutional rights and a vigorous enforcer of civil rights law. In Crusader for Justice: Federal Judge Damon J. Keith, authors Peter J. Hammer and Trevor W. Coleman presents the first ever biography of native Detroiter Judge Keith, surveying his education, important influences, major cases, and professional and personal commitments. Along the way, the authors consult a host of Keith's notable friends and colleagues, including former White House deputy counsel John Dean, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and industrialist Edsel Ford II for this candid and comprehensive volume.

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Liberation Film Series presents The FBI’s War on Black America & The Assata Shakur Autobiography Documentary; Free double feature & discussion focus on historic and continuing persecution

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Long before the revelations of potentially unconstitutional activities by the NSA and other governmental agencies, as recently disclosed by high profile whistleblowers Mark Klein, Julian Assange, Michael Hastings, Bradley Manning, and Edward Snowden, there emerged in the 1950s COINTELPRO (Counterintelligence Program), a covert operation crafted by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and his Deputy Director, William Sullivan. COINTELPRO was initially aimed at U.S. communists and their organizations, but its focus later shifted to discredit, disrupt, and destroy the Black Nationalist Liberation Movement, and to neutralize its leaders. There was also evidence the CIA, State Department, Army Intelligence and other federal, state and local governmental agencies conspired to destroy global anti-colonial liberation movements, of which the U.S. Black Liberation Movement was an integral part.

The Liberation Film Series’ 2013 – 2014 season continues with a special double-feature screening of The FBI’s War on Black America and The Assata Shakur Autobiography Documentary, followed by a discussion and Q&A on historic and continuing attacks on the Black Liberation Movement and its activists with "Comrade Mother" Akua Njeri, widow of Chairman Fred Hampton, Sr., and her son, Chairman Fred Hampton, Jr. This free event takes place Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 2 pm at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Detroit.

At 4:30 am on December 4, 1969, fourteen Chicago policemen, aided by a floor plan provided by paid informant William O’Neal, raided the apartment of Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton. The policemen, who were allegedly there to serve a search warrant for illegal weapons, were armed with shotguns, handguns and a .45 caliber machine gun. Hampton, just twenty-one years old, and apparently drugged by the informant, was repeatedly shot in his bed. Black Panther Defense Captain Mark Clark was also assassinated in this criminal raid.

Illinois State Attorney General Edward V. Hanrahan and the media claimed the Panthers had opened fire on the police, evidence later emerged that told a much different story: that the FBI, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, and the Chicago police conspired to assassinate Chairman Fred Hampton. Noam Chomsky described Hampton’s killing as “the gravest domestic crime of the Nixon administration” which “overshadow[ed] the entire Watergate affair by a substantial margin.”

On May 2, 1973, Black Panther activist Assata Olugbala Shakur, formerly Joanne Deborah Chesimard, was stopped by the New Jersey State Police, shot twice with her arms raised, and charged with the murder of a police officer. Assata spent six and a half years in prison before escaping from the maximum-security wing of the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in New Jersey in 1979 and moving, as a political refugee, to Cuba. 

Assata made the following statement,My name is Assata (‘she who struggles’) Olugbala (‘for the people’) Shakur (‘the thankful one’), and I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the U.S. government's policy towards people of color. I am an ex-political prisoner, and I have been living in exile in Cuba since 1984. I have been a political activist most of my life, and although the U.S. government has done everything in its power to criminalize me, I am not a criminal, nor have I ever been one. In the 1960s, I participated in various struggles: the black liberation movement, the student rights movement, and the movement to end the war in Vietnam. I joined the Black Panther Party. By 1969, the Black Panther Party had become the number one organization targeted by the FBI's COINTELPRO program. Because the Black Panther Party demanded the total liberation of black people, J. Edgar Hoover called it ‘greatest threat to the internal security of the country’ and vowed to destroy it and its leaders and activists.”

On May 2, 2013, Assata Shakur was added to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list, becoming the first woman to do so. In addition, the state of New Jersey announced it was adding $1 million to the FBI’s $1 million reward for her capture.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s Liberation Film Series: 2013 - 2014 Season, entitled Injustice & Resistance!, brings into focus the escalating injustice experienced by people of African descent in America today. The purpose is to leverage the collective knowledge of scholars, students, community activists and the grassroots community in a meaningful conversation that focuses on the examination of important films of our history.

The Liberation Film Series is supported by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Black Studies Departments of Michigan State University, University of Michigan - Dearborn, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, Wayne County Community College District, Oakland University, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, and Dr. Errol Henderson (University of Pennsylvania), Media Education Foundation, National Council of Black Studies, The Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University, Wayne State University Press, Black White Look Optical, ASALH-Detroit, community activists, and individual contributors. Charles Ezra Ferrell, a consultant to The Wright Museum, is the LFS Founder and Program Director.

The 2013 - 2014 season of the Liberation Film Series runs through June 2014, and is free and open to the public. For more information, including the complete series schedule and respective speaker profiles, discussion topics, trailers, reading lists, supplemental educational links, and insightful statements of endorsement, please visit www.TheWright.org/liberation.

About “Comrade Mother” Akua Njeri

“Comrade Mother” Akua Njeri (also known as Deborah Johnson) is a former member of the Illinois Chapter Black Panther Party. She is a survivor of the December 4, 1969 assassination of Chairman Fred Hampton and Defense Captain Mark Clark. She is the widow of Chairman Fred and the mother of Chairman Fred Jr.

Njeri is the Chairperson of the December 4th Committee that fights to defend and maintain the legacy of the Black Panther Party. December 4th co-coordinates, with Prisoners of Conscience Committee (P.O.C.C.), the annual August 30th birthday celebration of Chairman Fred Hampton, and the life, work, and commemorative events around the annual December 4th International Revolutionary Day, and the anniversary of the "Massacre on Monroe" - the assassination of Chairman Fred Hampton and Defense Captain Mark Clark.

Njeri is the co-author of the proposal to name 1 Chicago Block of 2300 W. Monroe "Chairman Fred Hampton Way," a campaign that exposed the dividing line between the interests of the state against the demands of the people. Njeri coordinates free clothing and fresh vegetable giveaways with P.O.C.C. and other survival programs. She also is on the board of the Advisory Committee for P.O.C.C.

About Chairman Fred Hampton, Jr.

Chairman Fred Hampton, Jr. is a political activist and the son of Fred Hampton, Sr. His father was a Black Panther who was killed by the Chicago Police in 1969. Hampton's mother “Comrade Mother” Akua Njeri (Deborah Johnson), who was also shot, was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with him when Hampton Sr. was killed in her presence during the pre-dawn police raid. Hampton Sr. was 21 at the time of his death; Johnson was 19.

Hampton, Jr. has followed his father's legacy, becoming prominent in Black Nationalist politics. In 1990, he became the president of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement, is currently the chairman of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee (P.O.C.C.), and actively tours the country as a speaker and community activist.

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President's Message, January 2014

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You’re a child who has spent your entire life in the city. On a tour of the museum with your classmates, you travel back to the dawn of civilization in Africa, cross the Atlantic Ocean to witness religious traditions in Brazil, and learn about ingenious scientific advances made by African Americans – and careers you might pursue today. Your world has been enlarged beyond your wildest imaginings, and now you think, “What if?”

So begins our most recent fundraising appeal, with a story representing one of the thousands of experiences engendered by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Where else can one travel from prehistoric Africa to the present, enjoy the beauty of art from around the world, be transported by the words and voices of writers and poets to places you’ve never visited, and follow ancestral pathways to freedom, all without ever leaving Detroit? The Wright Museum is where these journeys happen every day, for visitors from all walks of life – young and old, black and white, city resident and suburbanite. For many who have never ventured outside of the metropolitan region, especially children, these experiences empower their dreams and expand their world views.

At our 2013 Annual Meeting held December 5, we took a look back at the many accomplishments of the past year:

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Underground Railroad Expert to Speak on the Legacy of Black Resistance; Free Event at The Wright Museum Celebrates Launch of New History Website

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Humanities scholar Mr. Hari Jones, Curator/Assistant Director of the National African American Civil War Museum of Washington D.C., will speak on the Underground Railroad and its legacy of Black resistance at a free event to mark the launch of a new educational website Sunday, November 10, 2013, at 2 pm at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Created over three years with the collaborative effort of the museum, Eastern Michigan University’s School of Education, Michigan-based scholars, and with backing from the U.S. Department of Education, The Struggle Against Slavery website (www.UGRRonline.com) contains historical scholarship on the 19th century struggle for civil rights, using the Underground Railroad as a case study. It situates the American abolitionist movement as an important precursor to later and continuing struggles for civil rights. Designed for all ages, the website includes encyclopedic entries, interactive maps, and video interviews of descendants of abolitionists and freedom seekers, with a focus on activities in Michigan and the Midwest. In addition to numerous iconic photos and artworks, many visual elements included in the project have rarely been seen.

The website’s educational resources include K-12 lesson plans, classroom-ready PowerPoint presentations, and downloadable instructional materials, including a complete online course consisting of 12 lectures by Dr. Roy Finkenbine, Professor of History at the University of Detroit-Mercy. Voices of the Civil War, The Wright Museum’s monthly retrospective video series on African American perspectives during the great conflict, is also integrated into the site.

The November 10 launch event is free and open to the public, and will include a screening of select segments of the PBS film The Abolitionists as well as the lecture by Mr. Jones, noted scholar and expert on the Underground Railroad who has appeared on C-SPAN, NPR, and other national media outlets.

The Struggle Against Slavery is made possible by the United States Department of Education. Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Author & Scholar to Speak on Midwest Renaissance & Origins of Black Chicago & Detroit; DPTV and The Wright Museum Team Up to Help Educators Teach Black History

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During the period known as the Great Migration, over 5 million African Americans moved north and west across the United States in search of a better life. Author, scholar, and professor of African American Studies and History at Northwestern University Dr. Darlene Clark Hine will discuss African American geographic movement and its impact on American history in a free lecture Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 6 pm. Preceding the lecture will be a special professional development opportunity for educators centered on the new PBS mini-series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. Both programs take place at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Detroit.
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Dr. Darlene Clark Hine’s historical research has been expansive and groundbreaking, and she has written a variety of scholarly works and textbooks, many of which are used in high school and college settings. Dr. Hine’s recent work on the impact of the Great Migration to Midwestern cities like Chicago and Detroit sheds light on the ways in which African Americans created and re-created a sense of cultural community and renaissance in the midst of oppressive conditions. After the lecture, Dr. Hine will sign copies of The Black Chicago Renaissance (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2012), co-edited by Darlene Clark Hine and John M. McCluskey. This free event is co-sponsored by the Detroit organizing branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).
 
Detroit Public Television, in partnership with The Wright Museum and The Michigan Historical Museum, will host a professional development opportunity from 1 pm until 5 pm on Thursday, October 24, 2013, in which educators will have an opportunity to tour The Wright Museum, hear from an expert on Michigan’s African American history, learn about local history resources, and be given a demonstration of the educational resources and lesson plans offered with The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. This six-part mini-series is hosted by scholar-activist Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and examines the 400-year history of African Americans, from the origins of slavery in Africa to President Obama’s election. It premieres on DPTV on October 22, 2013, at 8 PM EST. Staff members from LAB@Thirteen and WNET’s Educational and Community Outreach Department in New York will lead the series overview and lesson plan demonstration.
 
The professional development opportunity program is free for educators, but attendees should RSVP by contacting Heather Forgione at Detroit Public Television at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (248) 305-3707. The Great Migration lecture and book signing by Dr. Darlene Clark Hine is free and open to the public.

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About Dr. Darlene Clark Hine

Since 2004, Darlene Clark Hine has been Professor of African American Studies and Professor of History at Northwestern University. Previously, she was Professor of History at Michigan State University (1987-2004). She has taught at Purdue University (1974-1987), and at South Carolina State University (1972-1974). She is a graduate of Roosevelt University (1968, Chicago, IL) and earned her PhD at Kent State University (1975). Hine is the author of Black Victory: The Rise and Fall of the Democratic White Primary in Texas (1979, rev. 2005, University of Missouri Press); and Black Women in White: Racial Conflict and Cooperation in the Nursing Profession, 1890-1950 (Indiana University Press, 1989). She is co-editor (with Rosalyn Terborg-Penn and Elsa Barkley Brown) of Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia ( 2 vols.1994), and editor of Black Women in America (3 vols, Oxford University Press, 2005). She is co-editor with Trica Daniele Keaton and Stephen Smalls of Black Europe and the African Diaspora (2009). Hine is past-president of The Organization of American Historians, and of The Southern Historical Association. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006). Hine has held fellowships at the National Humanities Center, The Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, and at the Radcliffe Institute.

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President's Message, October 2013

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Autumn provides an opportunity for reflection amidst the unceasing changes and cycles of life. The same holds true for The Wright Museum, which can be said to have its own annual cycles of growth and renewal. Of course, this doesn't mean the museum slows down in manifesting its mission through lively exhibits and events, including the Liberation Film Series, Noel Night, or our ever-popular Kwanzaa celebrations. But given the extraordinary accomplishments of the past few months, I’d like to reflect on a concept critical to our work: Legacy.



Everyone involved in the museum, from its Board of Trustees, staff, and volunteers, to donors, members, and visitors, are a part of continuing the legacy begun by Dr. Charles Wright and his visionary partners in 1965. The 2013 Wright Gala, held September 28 at MGM Grand Detroit, was the culmination of three years of intense effort led by museum trustee Yvette Bing. Mrs. Bing, museum board chair Betty Brooks, and their committed host committee have produced a legacy event in The Wright Gala that has helped keep the museum operating.

Another example of legacy building is that of museum member Thomas K. Burke, founder of the Jackson, Michigan-based Save Our Youth Inc., who has brought groups to the museum each of the past three years. This past August, Mr. Burke, with support from the Jackson Area Civil Rights Association, brought youth from homeless shelters to tour the museum, with each child receiving a museum backpack as a souvenir of their visit. Can you imagine the impact a visit like this will have on a homeless child's life? We salute Mr. Burke and his organization for instilling a legacy of dignity and pride in children most in need.

Finally, we were pleased to hear that on May 10, 2013, Louisa Wright Griggs received her M.D. degree from the University of Illinois School of Medicine, and is proudly following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Dr. Charles H. Wright, and specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. During her last rotation in medical school, Louisa spent seven weeks in Ghana working at two medical facilities thanks to a scholarship from the National Medical Fellowship Foundation – paralleling her grandfather’s work in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Liberia with Operations Crossroads Africa and the U.S. Department of Public Health. Dr. Wright Griggs, the daughter of William and Stephanie Wright Griggs, has started her residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. We wish her the very, very best in continuing the legacy of Dr. Wright’s caring and care for the community.

Legacy lives and breathes at The Wright Museum, in these stories, and those yet to be told. Speaking of which, on November 10, 2013, the museum launches The Struggle Against Slavery, a digital history website that features extensive information about the Underground Railroad, including online courses, an interactive map and timeline, interviews with historians, educational resources, and much more. Made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, this project and event will speak to the legacy of the Underground Railroad and black resistance. We hope you will join us, as well as log on to www.UGRRonline.com, November 10.



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President's Message, September 2013

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As the summer sun sets and we enter September, we are filled with wonderful memories from the past few months. These include thrilling performances at July's Concert of Colors, Complex Movements' riveting Beware of the Dandelions immersive art installation, celebrations honoring the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela and career of Ingrid Saunders Jones, and a pair of extraordinary opening events whose vibrance and diversity perfectly complimented the Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil exhibition.

To top it all off was the 31st African World Festival - we could not have asked for better weather, and the sunny skies and comfortable clime made last year's homecoming come to fruition as tens of thousands of visitors made their way through the museum, rivaling our busiest days of Black History Month all weekend long. All told, close to 140 vendors and upwards of 150,000 attendees made this year's festival the best yet. A big, 150,000-person strong hug goes out to festival director Njia Kai, who once again took on a seemingly insurmountable challenge in making this year's festival a reality, and not only made it happen, but made it magical! The Wright Museum salutes her dedication, which goes far beyond African World Festival in having a profound impact on many of the city's cultural activities, and which was rightfully recognized in this glowing article by Cassandra Spratling in the Detroit Free Press.

We are also so appreciative of and grateful for our neighbors in the surrounding community. It is not easy to host a three-day festival in your backyard, and those living around the museum are true partners in helping to sustain this Detroit tradition. Finally, to our tireless volunteers, whether on fundraising or planning committees, or on their feet throughout our programs and events, you help us do what we do - and we could not do it without you!

The momentum continues this month with an appearance by ABC's Extreme Weight Loss star Trina Miller at the kick off to season 4 of 30 Days To Lose It!, and our ever-popular Grandparents Day celebration. Before the tragedy of Trayvon Martin was the murder of Emmett Till, and the link between these events will be explored at the season premier of the Liberation Film Series. And the 2013 Wright Gala Annual Benefit rounds out the month, which will be a Brazilian experience unlike any other.

Simply put, there's no reason the memories should end with summer!

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ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss Star to Kick Off Season 4 of 30 Days To Lose It!

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Oakwood nurse Trina Miller, whose year-long quest to transform her life was featured this summer on the hit ABC television show, Extreme Weight Loss, will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming season kick-off of the women’s health and fitness program 30 Days To Lose It!, taking place Tuesday, September 3 at 6 pm at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit.

Miller, a 47-year-old wife and mother of three, will share her battles and ultimate success in losing 145 pounds before a national television audience. Miller was selected from thousands of applicants around the country to be a part of Season 3 of Extreme Weight Loss after an open casting call in Detroit in February 2012. Nearly 300 pounds at the time, she found out shortly after that six fellow Oakwood Healthcare nurses, also struggling with their weight, would join her to form “Team Trina.” With lots of exercise, nutritional improvements, self-motivation and team support, the women collectively lost more than 500 pounds.

30 Days To Lose It! launched at The Wright Museum in March 2010 as a one-month initiative for Women’s History Month but quickly expanded into a year-long campaign. The weekly workouts that are at the program’s core, held every Tuesday at the museum from September through June, are free for museum members and $5 for non-members per session. Non-members who attend 8 consecutive sessions receive a complimentary museum membership, making their next 12 months free. Sponsors of 30 Days To Lose It! include St. John Providence Health System and Beaumont.

In addition to Miller and others from “Team Trina,” the Season 4 kickoff event on September 3rd will also feature healthy refreshments courtesy of Beans & Cornbread restaurant in Southfield, free health screenings by the Henry Ford Health System, and prizes from Weight Watchers and Detroit’s new Whole Foods Market to those who bring the most guests to work out. Plus, Carla Triplett, a former contestant on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, will make a special appearance. The evening will conclude with a one-hour workout conducted by former Miss USA, Carole Gist Stramler, so attendees are encouraged to bring bottled water and an exercise mat, and come dressed for exercising.

Before beginning any exercise program, an individual should first consult with a physician or other qualified healthcare provider. 30 Days To Lose It! attendees should enter the museum through its rear entrance off of Farnsworth. Parking is free on Brush Street, and available in the Cultural Center parking lot behind the museum for $5 before 4 pm and $3 afterwards. Metered parking on Warren and Farnsworth is enforced until 10 pm Monday through Saturday. For more information, please email 30 Days To Lose It! program coordinator Angela King at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. For more information visit www.TheWright.org.

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Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints Opens National Tour at The Wright Museum with Free Public Reception

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The first major U.S. traveling exhibition of popular art from the Northeast of Brazil will open its U.S. tour at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Detroit, with a free public reception on August 15, 2013, from 6 pm – 9 pm. 

Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints – Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil presents popular art (the art of ordinary people) from Brazil’s northeast to tell the story of how African, European, and indigenous cultural traditions have interacted over a period of more than 500 years to form this distinctive regional culture in Brazil. Beginning with a Portuguese colonial settlement in the early-1500s, nearly a century before the first permanent British settlement at Jamestown, the exhibition brings to life the people, the captivating history, and the culture of the largest country in South America. 

Through nearly 200 works of art, visitors will learn about slavery in Brazil, the plantation economy, popular heroes and heroic acts of resistance in the face of adversity, and the raucous escapades of legendary outlaws and bandits of Brazil’s “Wild West” – a history that inspires us to think of parallels to our own in the United States. Visitors will also encounter the widely practiced spiritual traditions that give meaning and cohesiveness to people’s lives in Brazil’s Northeast. Woodblock prints and carved wood figures of Catholic saints and forged iron symbols of African deities – called orixás – introduce popular Catholicism and the ecstatic African-Brazilian religion called Candomblé. In the exhibition, life-size mannequins of the orixás wearing the colorful ceremonial vestments of Candomblé seem to dance in front of video footage of a Candomblé ceremony actually filmed in Bahia. 

Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints has been organized by Con/Vida – Popular Arts of the Americas, in partnership with The Wright Museum.  Exhibition curators Marion (Mame) Jackson, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Art History, Wayne State University; and Barbara Cervenka, O.P., Professor Emerita of Art, Siena Heights University, have traveled extensively in Brazil’s Northeast during the past 20 years. They have worked directly with popular artists and scholars in this poorest region of Brazil to organize this exhibition. 

“While the Northeast is materially poor compared to Rio and São Paulo and the cities of the South of Brazil,” observes Cervenka, “the culture is vibrant and rich and filled with good humor. The Northeast is considered the historic and cultural ‘heart’ of Brazil.”

The strong African presence in the Northeast of Brazil can be felt throughout the exhibit, especially in the percussive rhythms of its music. “Sound tracks and amazing video clips accompany the art and will linger in the minds and imaginations of visitors long after they leave” says Jackson. “All cities have their rhythms - but not all cities have such dramatic and percussive rhythms as Salvador and Detroit.”

Bandits & Heroes includes nearly 200 works of art by more than 50 artists who draw inspiration from their local culture and make a living through their art. In addition, two eminent Brazilian photographers – Adenor Gondim and Antônio Neto – have collaborated on this exhibition, providing unusual photos and video footage showing the lively festivals, ceremonies, and pilgrimages that shape life in the Northeast.

“That’s my cousin… that’s my aunt,” exclaimed Juanita Moore, President & CEO of The Wright Museum, upon viewing one of the exhibition’s videos celebrating the diversity of Brazil’s Northeast in the faces of its people. “This is a very important exhibition,” said Moore. “We are proud to collaborate with Con/Vida and inaugurate its national tour at The Wright Museum.”

Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints – Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil opens at The Wright Museum with a free public reception on August 15, 2013 from 6 pm – 9 pm, which will also feature demonstrations of the folkloric Brazilian art of Capoeira Angola of Bahia by TABCAT Detroit. This event is free and open to the public.

The Wright Museum, located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am until 5 pm, and on Sundays from 1 until 5 pm. Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints will be on display through January 5, 2014, and during normal museum hours is free with museum admission, which is $8 for adults (ages 13-61), and $5 for seniors (62+) and youth (3-12). Admission is free for museum members and children under 3. After January 5, 2014, the exhibit is scheduled to travel to the DuSable Museum, Chicago, Illinois; the Robert W. Woodruff Library at the Atlanta University Center, Atlanta, Georgia; and the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Funding for Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints has been provided by the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities and the Michigan Humanities Council, with additional support from Wayne State University, TechTown, and the Adrian Dominican sisters.

Con/Vida – Popular Arts of the Americas
Established in 2000 by university professors Marion (Mame) Jackson, Wayne State University, and Barbara Cervenka, Siena Heights University, Con/Vida is a non-profit organization located in Detroit’s TechTown and is dedicated to fostering understanding for the diverse cultures of the Americas through exhibitions and programs featuring the arts of ordinary people, showcasing particularly the cultures of Brazil and Peru.  Cervenka and Jackson have circulated traveling exhibitions to more than 50 museums and cultural centers in the U.S. and Canada in the last 20 years; these exhibitions have been viewed by approximately 500,000 people. For more information visit www.convida.org

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Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. The Wright Museum provides learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins.
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Juneteenth Family Celebration To Take Place at The Wright Museum; Annual Event Commemorates End of Slavery with Festival and Family Activities

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Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of slavery’s end in the United States. This year’s commemoration at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History takes place Saturday, June 22 from 11 am until 6 pm on Farnsworth Avenue behind the museum, located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center.

The national observance of African American Emancipation Day began in Galveston, Texas in 1865. Today, Juneteenth symbolizes overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the pursuit of knowledge and the determination to achieve greatness. It is also a time to celebrate history, assess and improve one’s self, and plan for the future.

Presented by the Friends Committee of The Wright Museum, this year’s event, taking place outside on the museum grounds, features a parade and marching bands, vendors, historical activities including Jumping the Broom and Cakewalk demonstrations, live entertainment, arts and crafts, storytelling, and numerous children’s activities. Jackson Five Star Catering will be selling food onsite, but visitors can also bring their own picnic baskets or refreshments. The Juneteenth Family Celebration is free and open to the public.

For those interested in a warm-up, “Our Wedding Jumping to Juneteenth” takes place at 6 pm on Friday, June 21 at First Congregational Church of Detroit, located at 33 East Forest Avenue in Midtown. This free event will feature a historic African American wedding performance by Detroit Association of Black Storytellers and The Underground Railroad Players.

The Wright Museum will be open from 9 am to 5 pm on June 22 during the Juneteenth Celebration, and exhibits are free with museum admission, which is $8 for adults (ages 13 - 61), $5 for seniors (62 +) and youth ages (3 - 12), and free for museum members and children under 3. A free performance of Complex Movements' Beware of the Dandelions (work-in-progress), a 30-minute multi-media performance and installation about transformation and social justice movements as complex systems, takes place in the museum at 7 pm following the Juneteenth Celebration.

Founded in 1965 and located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience.  For more information, please visit TheWright.org.

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15th Annual Ford Freedom Award Honors “Quiet Heroes”

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To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Ford Freedom Award program, Ford Motor Company, in partnership with the Charles H. Wright Museum, will honor Congressman John Lewis, and civil rights activists Johnnie R. Carr and Viola Liuzzo. The Ford Freedom Award program will take place on Friday, May 10, at 6 p.m. at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. This year’s theme - Quiet Heroes - salutes the honorees for their humility, commitment and contribution to the African-American community.

As part of the Ford Freedom Award educational outreach, Congressman Lewis will address nearly 2,000 elementary and middle-school students from around the state. The 2013 Ford Freedom Award Scholarship finalists also will be presented during the program. The evening reception and Award program will include a special performance by Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter Eric Benét.

“Today we honor African Americans who have changed our world as Quiet Heroes without any intention of recognition,” said Ziad Ojakli, group vice president, Government and Community Relations, Ford Motor Company. “Their lasting legacy challenges us all to do more to make a difference in our everyday lives.”

The Ford Freedom Award program recognizes two recipients each year. The Ford Freedom Honoree Award is presented posthumously to a distinguished African American who has dedicated his or her life to improving the African American community and the world at large through their chosen field, such as arts, humanities, religion, business, politics, sports, science and entertainment. The Ford Freedom Award Scholar is an African American who has excelled on a national or international level in the same field as the Ford Freedom Award Honoree. The Scholar serves as a living legacy, carrying forth the ideals of the Honoree and furthering those achievements for a new generation.

The 2013 Ford Freedom Award Honoree is civil rights activist Johnnie R. Carr, who joined childhood friend Rosa Parks in organizing the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott.  In 1967 Carr succeeded Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, a post she held until 2008 at her death at age 97.  As the Association's president, Carr helped lead several initiatives to improve race relations and conditions for Blacks. She was involved in a lawsuit to desegregate Montgomery schools, with her son, Arlam, the named plaintiff.

This year’s Ford Freedom Award Scholar is Congressman John Lewis, who has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls "The Beloved Community" in America. Recently an Alabama police chief apologized to Congressman Lewis for failing to protect the Freedom Riders during a trip to Montgomery, Ala. in 1961. Lewis and fellow civil rights activists were beaten by a mob after arriving at a Montgomery bus station.

Ford Freedom Humanitarian Award also will be presented posthumously to Michigander Viola Liuzzo, who was killed by the Klu Klux Klan in 1965 for helping Blacks to register to vote.

"In an age when the desire for notoriety seems universal, the Wright Museum is proud to acknowledge the quiet courage and determination of this year's honorees," says Juanita Moore, the museum's president & CEO. "In their own astonishing and unheralded ways, they have each committed, or given, their lives for the cause of equality - which is all the more reason for their recognition."

As part of the celebration, Ford will honor 50 local Quiet Heroes who were nominated by members of the community. Tickets for the Ford Freedom Awards are $40 per person or $35 for Wright Museum members.  A special “VIP Meet and Greet Experience Package” for $75 includes an afterglow and photo opportunity with the honorees and Eric Benét.

The Ford Freedom Award program is made possible by a grant from Ford Motor Company.  For additional event and ticket information, call the Max M. Fisher Box Office at 313-576-5111 or visit www.fordfreedomaward.com

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit www.ford.com

About the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History provides learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins. Founded in 1965 and located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, The Wright Museum is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. For more information, please visit www.TheWright.org.

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March 2013 Events @ The Wright Museum: Women's History Month

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Harriet’s Return: The Play ($)
Saturday 3/9 at 7:30 pm
“Harriet’s Return” is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed theatrical production that chronicles the private and public life of famed Underground Railroad conductor, spiritual icon, and revolutionary Harriet Tubman, performed on the 100th anniversary of her death. Through a deeply personal and high energy approach, producer and actress Karen Jones Meadows chronicles Tubman from childhood to afterlife, a nine decade journey that still influences the consciousness of people around the world. Portrayals of more than 30 colorful characters take the audience from contemporary America into the depths of Ms. Tubman’s soul, the psyche of a nation, and a call to action. Tickets are $20 general admission / $10 for museum members. Purchase by phone at (800) 838-3006 or online at www.TheWright.org. http://thewright.org/upcoming-events/details/652-harriets-return-the-play

Women in the NAACP: A Historic Dialogue
Sunday 3/10 at 4 pm
Discover the contributions women have made to the struggle for civil rights, featuring a talk by Detroit City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, the first and only female Executive Director of the Detroit Branch NAACP. Other panelists include Yvonne White, President of the Michigan State Conference NAACP; Monica Anthony, Chair of the Detroit Branch Women in the NAACP (W.I.N.) Committee; and Kamilia Landrum, Chair of the Detroit Branch Young Adult Committee and Member of the National NAACP Board of Directors. This event is produced in tandem with the exhibition, A Very Present Force: Celebrating a Century of the Detroit Branch NAACP, on display now through March 24, 2013. Free. http://thewright.org/upcoming-events/details/657-women-in-the-naacp-a-historic-dialogue

Spelman College Glee Club Concert: A Choice to Change the World
Sunday 3/10 at 6 pm
Let your spirit be lifted at this very special concert by the Glee Club of the historically-black, all-women's Spelman College as they perform musical selections to help "Change the World!" This event is free and open to the public. http://thewright.org/upcoming-events/details/658-spelman-college-glee-club-concert-a-choice-to-change-the-world

Black Marriage Day ($)
Saturday 3/16 from 11 am - 8 pm
Joining city halls, community centers, houses of worship and other institutions in 300 communities nationwide, The Wright Museum and Marriage Resource Center are joining forces to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Black Marriage Day. This national initiative encourages African Americans to embrace an institution that has long been on the decline by highlighting the deep-rooted historical role marriage has played among African Americans. Black Marriage Day is open to married couples, as well as those who are engaged, seriously dating or looking to get married. Tickets are $50 per couple in advance, $55 the day of the event and can be purchased by phone at (800)-838-3006 or online at www.TheWright.org.
http://thewright.org/upcoming-events/details/634-black-marriage-day-2013

Black Women Rock: The Diaspora ($)
Concert: Saturday 3/16 at 7 pm
Artist Discussion: Sunday 3/17 at 1:30 pm
The Wright Museum presents jessica Care moore's Black Women Rock: The Diaspora!, a live music concert and artist talk featuring Ursula Rucker, Dionne Farris, Canadian rocker Saidah Baba Talibah (http://youtu.be/oNcxCrOgOM4, http://sbtmusic.com/), the Appalachian Goddess Martha Redbone (http://www.martharedbone.com), Steffanie Christi'an, the Black Women Rock Orchestra under the direction of Norma Jean Bell, sounds by DJ Stacey Hotwaxx Hale, live art by Sabrina Nelson and the BWR STARtists, and more! General Admission tickets are $25 and include donation for Sunday's "They Say I'm Different" artist talk with a book signing by Laina Dawes, author of "What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal." For THREE STRAIGHT YEARS the concerts have been sell-outs; order tickets today by phone at (800)-838-3006 or online at www.TheWright.org. Due to the powerful voices and mature themes of this performance, parental guidance is recommended; some content may not be suitable for young children. http://thewright.org/upcoming-events/details/638-black-women-rock-the-diaspora-concert

Tea Time: A Holistic Approach to Mothering
Saturday 3/30 at 1 pm
Calling all mothers! Join us for yoga demonstrations, breast-feeding empowerment, career building strategies, and presentations by local organizations over an assortment of tea. This event is not to be missed! Children are welcome. Free. http://thewright.org/upcoming-events/details/663-tea-time-a-holistic-approach-to-mothering

FAMILY

Charter One Free Family Second Sunday
Sunday 3/10 from 1 - 5 pm
Bring the whole family to Rejoice, Relive & Reconnect at The Wright Museum with free admission every second Sunday of the month courtesy of Charter One Bank! For Women's History Month, enjoy the Don Barden Foundation Interactive Storytime at 2 pm, Women in the NAACP: A Historic Dialogue at 4 pm, and a very special concert at 6 pm by the Spelman College Glee Club! Free Family Second Sundays are supported by the Charter One Foundation. http://thewright.org/upcoming-events/details/578-charter-one-free-family-second-sunday

Don Barden Foundation Interactive Storytime
Sunday 3/10 at 2 pm
Where music, movement, and literacy collide, this interactive story performance will put your kids in the story! Made possible by support from the Don Barden Foundation. Free. http://thewright.org/upcoming-events/details/653-don-barden-foundation-interactive-storytime

Meet the Scientist Saturday
Saturday 3/16 at 11 am
Discover and explore science with activities led by scientists and technologists from the new Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology exhibit!  Free with museum admission. http://thewright.org/upcoming-events/details/611-meet-the-scientist-saturday

FILM

Community Cinema Presents Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines Screening & Discussion
Thursday 3/7 at 6 pm
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. Go behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and feminist figures such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others, who offer a counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre. Free.
http://thewright.org/upcoming-events/details/597-community-cinema-presents-qwonder-womenq-film-screening-a-discussion

Liberation Film Series Presents Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man Screening & Discussion
Saturday 3/16 from 2 - 6 pm
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Liberation Film Series presents a free screening of "Thomas Sankara - The Upright Man," followed by the discussion, "African Liberation Leadership in an Era of Neoliberalism," with Dr. Rita Kiki (Nkiru) Edozie, Director of African American and African Studies, Michigan State University, and Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of the Pan-African News Wire. Free. http://thewright.org/upcoming-events/details/513-liberation-film-series-presents-qthomas-sankara-the-upright-manq-film-screening-a-discussion

HEALTH & WELLNESS

30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workouts ($)
Tuesdays at 7:30 pm [NOTE: no class on 3/19]
Ramp it up this Women's History Month with a weekly jazzercise workout led by Sondra Jackson of Spirit of the Moment! Free for Museum 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  
http://thewright.org/upcoming-events/details/618-30-days-to-lose-it-weekly-workout

Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Sundays at 5 pm [NOTE: no class on 3/10 or 3/31]
Get your groove on with our weekly hustle dance lessons taught by instructor Thomasenia Johnson of Two Left Feet.  Work your muscles, strengthen your bones and have a ball while supporting the Museum's ongoing membership efforts - this activity is great for all ages!  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!
http://thewright.org/upcoming-events/details/592-hustle-for-history-weekly-dance-lessons

LECTURES

The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires Lecture & Book Signing
Thursday 3/14 at 6 pm
Author Dennis Kimbro discusses the keys to building wealth and will be signing copies of his latest book, "The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires." Free. http://thewright.org/upcoming-events/details/659-wealth-choice-success-secrets-of-black-millionaires-lecture-a-book-signing

Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Monthly Meeting
Sunday 3/10 at 3 pm
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) 549-0335 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Mr. Tyrone Davenport, Chief Operating Officer at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, at (313) 494-5884 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Free.  http://thewright.org/upcoming-events/details/613-association-for-the-study-of-african-american-life-a-history-asalh-monthly-meeting

Shirley Woodson Explores Painting Traditions in Detroit: Influences and Interpretation
Tuesday 3/26 at 6 pm
Famed artist, art historian and educator Shirley Woodson addresses the importance of painting traditions in Detroit from the late fifties to present. Woodson's works are in public and private collections including the Detroit Institute of Arts; The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History; The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston, MA; Florida A&M University; Wayne State University; United American Health Care, Detroit, MI; Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, PA; and the Brandywine Printmaking Workshop in Philadelphia. Free. http://thewright.org/upcoming-events/details/661-shirley-woodson-explores-painting-traditions-in-detroit-influences-and-interpretation

Women's History Month Panel Discussion
Thursday 3/28 at 6 pm
To mark Women’s History Month, fascinating role-models Kathleen Talbert-Hill, Jandava Cattron-Colscott, and Dr. Cledie Taylor reflect on gender and their personal histories. Free.
http://thewright.org/upcoming-events/details/662-womens-history-month-panel-discussion

EXHIBITIONS

And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture
Permanent Exhibition
The core experience of The Wright Museum, this 22,000 square-foot exhibition takes visitors through time and across geographic boundaries from prehistoric Africa all the way to modern-day Detroit. Throughout, the efforts of everyday men and women who built families, businesses, educational institutions, spiritual traditions, civic organizations and a legacy of freedom and justice are hailed. Free with museum admission. http://thewright.org/explore/exhibitions/37-and-still-we-rise

Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology
New Permanent Exhibition
This high-tech exhibit highlights trailblazers, contemporaries and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). African Americans have contributed to the scientific and engineering output of the United States since the 17th century, and this history is brought to life through interactive computer kiosks, a touchscreen video wall, and hands-on activities and play areas. Four disciplines of scientific advancement are explored: Physical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, and Technology & Engineering. Within these, Inspiring Minds introduces individuals from across the spectrum of fields, levels of renown, and from times past and present, with particular focuses on African American women in science, black aviators, black inventors, medical ethics, and key historical figures such as George Washington Carver. Free with museum admission.
http://thewright.org/explore/exhibitions/635-inspiring-minds-african-americans-in-science-and-technology

Visions of Our 44th President
Through August 4, 2013
This collective conceptual 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 were created from a model that served as a blank canvas, giving each of forty-four contemporary artists from across the country - including Tyree Guyton, Gale Fulton Ross, Faith Ringgold, and Kadir Nelson - free reign to creatively interpret this milestone in American history. Visions of Our 44th President will be The Wright Museum’s first national traveling exhibition. Guest curated by Ashley Whitfield. Free with museum admission.
http://thewright.org/explore/exhibitions/623-visions-of-our-44th-president

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, Fela celebrates the life and music of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, a dynamic figure who transcended the boundaries of political expectation and culturally coerced standards of morality. 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. 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. Free with museum admission.  http://www.thewright.org/explore/exhibitions/577-moving-to-his-own-beat-fela-the-man-the-movement-the-music

The Chris Webber Collection: Exceptional People During Extraordinary Times, 1755 - Present
Through March 31, 2013
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. Free with museum admission. http://thewright.org/explore/exhibitions/125-the-chris-webber-collection-exceptional-people-during-extraordinary-times-1755-present

A Very Present Force: Celebrating a Century of the Detroit Branch NAACP
Through March 24, 2013  
Since its formation in 1912 - only three years after the founding of the national association - the Detroit Branch NAACP has been on the frontlines of civil rights activism and advocacy, both locally and throughout the nation. Organized into three sections, A Very Present Force explores the Detroit Branch NAACP’s rich local history while situating it within the broader national and international struggle for civil rights. Free with museum admission.
http://thewright.org/explore/exhibitions/633-a-very-present-force-celebrating-a-century-of-the-detroit-branch-naacp

Pathways to Freedom in the Americas: Shared experiences between Michigan & Mexico
Through March 31, 2013
Inspired by the meeting of two women who became fast friends - Patricia Ann Talley, an African American from the United States of America, and Candelaria Donají Méndez Tello, an Afro-Mexican from Mexico (the United Mexican States), this exhibit presents the symbiotic relationship that has existed between Americans and Mexicans but has seldom been told.  Divided into three sections, the exhibition uses video, maps, photographs, art, and music to depict a different aspect of slavery in the Americas, the story of fugitives that escaped slavery in the United States on the Underground Railroad south to Mexico, African heritage as it continues to permeate Mexican culture - especially in the Costa Chica Region of Guerrero, the migration of Mexicans to Michigan and the culture as it has manifested in Southwest Detroit. Free with museum admission.
http://thewright.org/explore/exhibitions/634-pathways-to-freedom-in-the-americas-shared-experiences-between-michigan-and-mexico

Size Matters: Large-Scale Paintings from the Collections of the Charles H. Wright Museum
Through March 31, 2013
Size Matters presents fifteen contemporary large-scale paintings by twelve artists from diverse genres. The title is a double entendre that suggests two meanings: the significance of size and the problems associated with it. Featuring works by Jerome Wright, Annie Lee, Carl Owens, and Dwight Smith. Free with museum admission.
http://thewright.org/explore/exhibitions/638-size-matters-large-scale-paintings-from-the-collections-of-the-charles-h-wright-museum

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 494-5800
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Adults (13+) $8 | Seniors (62+) & Youth (3 - 12) $5 | Members and children under 3 FREE

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