Wednesday, November 20, 2013

.@theWrightMuseum Weekly Update Nov 18-24 #Detroit Events


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Voices of the Civil War Episode 22
Wednesday 11/20 online at

The Voices of the Civil War is a five-year film series dedicated to celebrating and commemorating the Civil War over the course of the sesquicentennial. Each month, new episodes cover pertinent topics that follow the monthly events and issues as they unfolded for African Americans during the Civil War. Within these episodes there are various primary sources – letters and diaries, newspaper reports, and more - to recount various experiences of blacks during this period. We encourage your feedback and commentary through our Voices of the Civil War blog, where you can view new and previous episodes at

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Meet the Scientist Saturday featuring David Head & Dr. Terrance Dillard
Saturday 11/23 at 1 pm
Do you know a curious student, a young Einstein, or a future tech wizard who is always thinking of the next big thing? Bring them to discover and explore science with activities led by scientists and technologists from the new, hands-on exhibit, Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology! David Head & colleagues from the David L. Head Foundation will discuss African American inventors like Granville T. Woods and Elijah McCoy, and their inventions and contributions to science. Free with museum admission.

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Liberation Film Series presents Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power Screening & Discussion
Saturday 11/23 at 2 pm
Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power tells the dramatic story of the often-forgotten civil rights leader who urged African Americans to arm themselves against oppression. In doing so, Williams not only challenged the Klan-dominated establishment of his hometown of Monroe, North Carolina, he also alienated the mainstream Civil Rights Movement, which advocated peaceful resistance. Following the film will be a discussion of the right to Black self-defense led by Reverend John Williams, Esq. (son of Robert F. Williams), Dr. Gloria House (Aneb Kgositsile), Mabel Williams (widow of Robert F. Williams), and General Gordon Baker, Jr (founding member, League of the Revolutionary Black Workers). Free.

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Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Sunday 11/24 @ 5 pm in the Ford Freedom Rotunda

Get your groove on with our weekly hustle lessons, taught by instructor Thomasenia Johnson of Two Left Feet. Free for Members, $7 for non-members. Purchase 5 lessons and receive a complimentary museum membership, making your next 12 months of hustle lessons FREE! For more information, please call (313) 494-5800.
Current Exhibitions
Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology
This comprehensive, high-tech and permanent exhibition highlights trailblazers, contemporaries and careers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 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. 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. Click here to learn more...
Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil
Through January 5, 2014
Organized by Con/Vida – Popular Arts of the Americas, in partnership with The Wright Museum, Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints features nearly 200 works of art by more than 50 artists and tells 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 of the largest country in South America. Brazil is home to one of the largest populations of African descendents in the world, with more than 75 million people. During the 16th through 19th centuries, an estimated 5 million Africans were brought over to Brazil into slavery, ten times the estimated 500,000 Africans that were brought to the United States. Click here to learn more...
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Celebrating a Century of Sisterhood, Scholarship & Service: 1913 - 2013 Presented by the Detroit Alumnae Chapter
Through March 31, 2014
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Detroit Alumnae Chapter presents this exhibition in celebration of the National organization's centennial year. Twenty-two collegiate women at Howard University founded the Sorority on January 13, 1913, with the objective of using their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to persons in need. The first public act performed by the Delta Founders involved their participation in the Women's Suffrage March in Washington D.C., March 1913. This exhibition presents the history and good works that this chapter has presented in the community during the past 72 years. Click here to learn more...
Ingrid Saunders Jones: 31 Years of Distinguished Service... and Counting
Through March 31, 2014
Join the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in celebrating the amazing career and achievements of Detroit native Ingrid Saunders Jones. Ingrid retired in June 2013 as the Senior Vice President of Global Community Connections for The Coca-Cola Company and Chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation, after 31 years of distinguished service. This limited-engagement exhibit honors her life as she moves on to its next chapter - as the volunteer national chair of the National Council of Negro Women. Click here to learn more...

The Bombay Sapphire® Artisan Series at The Wright Museum
Through December 8, 2013
Detroit area artists submitted 147 works of art to the annual Bombay Sapphire® Artisan Series competition, 24 pieces of which were selected for inclusion in this exhibition, which includes works of emerging, experienced, and master artists such as Clifford Wade, Valencia Brockington, Lobyn Hamilton, Raymond Wells, Desiree Kelly, and Allie McGhee. One artist from the exhibition and two from the online competition will be selected to travel, along with his or her art, to Art Basel in Miami, Florida. Click here to learn more...
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