Charles H. Wright Museum Logo
Subscribe to feed The Charles H. Wright Museum Blog

Today in Black History 07/07/2015 | Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige

Posted by The Wright Museum
The Wright Museum
Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, t
User is currently offline
on Tuesday, 07 July 2015
in Today in Black History

July 7, 1906 Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige, hall of fame baseball player, was born in Mobile, Alabama. Paige was committed at 12 to the Industrial School for Negro Children where he developed his pitching skills. He was signed by the Chattanooga White Sox of the Negro leagues in 1926. In addition to the Negro leagues, Paige pitched in Cuba, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. He also pitched against many White major league stars during that time, including hall of famers Dizzy Dean, who called him “the pitcher with the greatest stuff I ever saw”, and Joe DiMaggio, who said that he was the best pitcher he had ever faced. During World War II, when many of the best major league players were in the service, Paige was the highest paid athlete in the world. In 1948, at 42, Paige became the oldest player ever to debut in the major leagues where he pitched until 1953. On September 25, 1965, at 59, he pitched three innings of shutout baseball against the Boston Red Sox. He finally quit pitching in 1967. Paige was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971, the first player from the Negro leagues to be inducted. A made-for-television movie, “Don’t Look Back”, of his life was aired in 1981. Paige died June 8, 1982. The United States Postal Service issued a commemorative postage stamp in his honor in 2000. A statue of Paige was unveiled July 28, 2006 at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York commemorating the contributions of the Negro leagues to baseball. His biography, “The Life and Times of an American Legend”, was published in 2009. Another biography, “If You Were Only White”, was published in 2012. 
 

Hits: 28 Continue reading
0 votes

23rd Annual Concert of Colors: The Wright's Weekly Update July 6 - 12

Posted by The Wright Museum
The Wright Museum
Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, t
User is currently offline
on Monday, 06 July 2015
in Events & Updates

Click here
for more info
23rd Annual Concert of Colors Opening Night featuring Mike Ellison
Thursday, July 9 at 7 PM (Doors open at 5 PM)

In what has become a fist-pumping, standing room-only tradition, The Wright kicks off the 23rd annual Concert of Colors with a power-packed performance by MIKE ELLISON presenting "Hard Enough To Smile," a musical journey encompassing hip hop, rock and roll, African rhythms and more! Concert of Colors, a FREE celebration of the many ethnicities and cultures represented by the people of southeast Michigan and the indigenous music of Detroit, continues through July 12 at the Detroit Institute of Arts and Max M. Fisher Music Center. Updates and complete artist and venue information is at concertofcolors.com.

Click here
for more info
Links to Science presented by the Renaissance Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
Saturday, July 11 at 1:30 PM

Links to Science is an exciting new series of FREE children’s workshops designed to explore The Wright Museum’s newest permanent exhibit, "Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science & Technology." "Inspiring Minds" explores achievements in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through interactive computer kiosks, a touchscreen video wall, and hands-on activities and play areas. Let members of The Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated be your guides to inspiration! Free.

Click here
for more info
Ford Free Second Sunday
Sunday, July 12 from 1 - 5 PM

Bring your family and friends to experience the wonder of The Wright Museum with free admission every second Sunday of the month courtesy of Ford Motor Company! Enjoy the many exhibitions on display as well as engaging programming for the entire family. Free Second Sundays are supported by Ford Motor Company.

Click here
for more info
Don Barden Foundation Interactive Storytime
Sunday, July 12 at 2 PM

Where music, movement, and literacy collide, this interactive story performance will put your kids in the story! Have fun dancing and enjoying storytelling with Yolanda Jack and Michelle McKinney - AND take a free book home afterwards! This Children's Interactive Storytime is made possible by the support of the Don Barden Foundation and General Motors Foundation. Free.

Click here
for more info
Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Sunday, July 12 at 5 pm
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! Click here to learn more...
To see all upcoming events, please click here!


Current Exhibitions

And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture
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. Click here to learn more...

Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science & Technology
This high-tech 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 highlights 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...

Shadow Matter: The Rhythm of Structure – Afro Futurism to Afro Surrealism
Through August 30, 2015
This one-man show features works by New York sculptor and Inkster, Michigan-native M. Scott Johnson. Scott’s education as a sculptor began in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where he studied traditional and contemporary stone sculpting under master sculptor, national hero and elder statesman of Zimbabwe stone sculpture Nicholas Mukomberanwa (1940 - 2002). Scott’s work has also been strongly influenced by African American techno music, Ndyuka and Saramaka graphic art forms, Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi, and Makonde sculpture. Click here to read more...


The Nataki Way: 36th Anniversary of the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit
Through October 11, 2015
Carmen and George N'Namdi founded the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit (NTSD) in 1978 to honor the memory of their fourteen-month-old daughter, Nataki Talibah N'Namdi, who died in 1974. The names Nataki and Talibah are from central Africa; Nataki (Nah-TAH-kee) means of high birth and Talibah (Tah-LEE-bah) means seeker after knowledge. In 1995, NTSD was chartered as a public school under Central Michigan University. After 36 years of hard work, the NTSD continues to uplift students from diverse backgrounds and help them embody the varying roles each of us must play to improve our world. Click here to learn more...

I, Charles H. Wright: My Story
Through March 6, 2016
This year, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History reaches a milestone in the history of the institution - its 50th anniversary. To celebrate this august achievement the museum presents an exhibition centered around the life of the man who started it: Charles Howard Wright, M.D. (1919-2002). A great physician, an intellectual of incredible insight, and a man of solemn dedication to his community, through words and images, documents and objects, the exhibition summarizes his expansive legacy. Click here to learn more...

Finding Mona Lisa 313
Through September 13, 2015
"Finding Mona Lisa" is a program providing travel and cultural development opportunities for Detroit youth founded by artist, educator, and entrepreneur Jocelyn Rainey. The late Gilda Snowden observed that the Finding Mona Lisa students are the works of art, with the different places they've traveled being their canvases. The exhibition features large photographs of the students' travels. Click here to learn more...


You May Have Missed...

Reflecting on the Freedman’s Bank Tour with Ambassador Andrew Young at the Charles H. Wright Museum, Detroit

Slate, "Centuries of Violence" by Dr. Kidada E. Williams, Wayne State University


Become a Member Today!

Members of the The Wright Museum enjoy benefits such as:
• Free admission to the museum
• Free guest pass(es)
• Invitations to Members' Only previews
• Free subscription to the quarterly membership newsletter,
The Wright Times

• 10% discount in the museum store
• Special pricing on select museum events
• 20% off meals at Union Street Restaurant

Unless otherwise noted with ($), all events are FREE and open to the public.
HOURS
Monday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, 1 - 5 pm

ADMISSION
Adults (13 - 61) $8
Seniors (62 +) & Youth (3 - 12) $5
Free for members & children under 3

Click Here for Current Exhibitions

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201-1443
Click here for a Google Map

General Info - (313) 494-5800
Group Tours and Reservations - (313) 494-5808
Facility Rental - (313) 494-5801

Become A Member | Donate | Museum Brochure

The Wright Museum™

 

Hits: 22
0 votes

Today in Black History 07/06/2015 | Kevin Hart

Posted by The Wright Museum
The Wright Museum
Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, t
User is currently offline
on Monday, 06 July 2015
in Today in Black History

July 6, 1979 Kevin Darnell Hart, comedian, actor and producer, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hart began his professional career as a stand-up comic performing in clubs along the East Coast. He made his film debut in “Paper Soldiers” in 2003. Other films in which he has appeared include “The 40 Year Old Virgin” (2005), “Little Flockers” (2010), “Ride Along” (2014), and “Get Hard” (2015). Hart has released three comedy albums, “I’m a Grown Little Man” (2008), “Seriously Funny” (2010), and “Laugh at My Pain” (2011). He co-created the television show “Real Husbands of Hollywood” in 2013 and continues to star in the show. Hart was included on Time magazine’s 2015 list of the 100 Most Influential People in the Word.

Hits: 128 Continue reading
0 votes

Today in Black History 07/05/2015 | Naomi Cornelia Long Madgett

Posted by The Wright Museum
The Wright Museum
Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, t
User is currently offline
on Sunday, 05 July 2015
in Today in Black History

July 5, 1923 Naomi Cornelia Long Madgett, Poet Laureate of Detroit, was born in Norfolk, Virginia. Madgett began writing at an early age and published her first book of poems, “Songs to a Phantom Nightingale,” at 17. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia State College (now University) in 1945 and her Master of Education degree from Wayne State University in 1955.. Madgett moved to Detroit, Michigan and became a teacher in the Detroit Public School System where she introduced the first course in African American literature.  In 1956, her poem “Midway,” from the book of poetry “One and the Many,” attracted wide attention for its portrayal of Black people’s struggles and victories in a time when racism was prevalent. Madgett became a professor of English at Eastern Michigan University in 1968 and taught there until her retirement in 1984. Other books by Madgett include “Star by Star: Poems” (1965), “Octavia and Other Poems” (1988), “Connected Islands: New and Selected Poems” (2004), and her autobiography “Pilgrim Journey: Autobiography” (2006).  Madgett has received honorary doctorate degrees from Siena Heights University, Loyola University-Chicago, and Michigan State University.  The annual Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award was established in 1993 to recognize an outstanding book-length manuscript by an African American poet. Madgett was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 2002. She is currently senior editor of Lotus Press. 

Hits: 468 Continue reading
0 votes

Today in Black History 07/04/2015 | Judge Damon Jerome Keith

Posted by The Wright Museum
The Wright Museum
Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, t
User is currently offline
on Saturday, 04 July 2015
in Today in Black History

July 4, 1922 Damon Jerome Keith, Senior Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth District, was born in Detroit, Michigan. Keith earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia State College in 1943, his Juris Doctor degree from the Howard University School of Law in 1949, and his Master of Laws degree from Wayne State University Law School in 1956. He was elected co-chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission in 1964 and was appointed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967. Keith was appointed to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District by President Jimmy Carter in 1977. One of Keith’s most notable cases was United States v. Sinclair in 1971 where he ruled that U. S. Attorney General John Mitchell had to disclose the transcripts of illegal wiretaps that he had authorized without first obtaining a search warrant. Former law clerks of Keith include former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, the first African American woman to gain tenure at Harvard Law School Lani Guinier, and U. S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Eric Clay. The Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University Law School is named in his honor. “Crusader for Justice: Federal Judge Damon J. Keith” was published in 2013. 

Hits: 214 Continue reading
0 votes

Today in Black History 07/03/2015 | “The Hazel Scott Show”

Posted by The Wright Museum
The Wright Museum
Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, t
User is currently offline
on Friday, 03 July 2015
in Today in Black History

July 3, 1950 “The Hazel Scott Show” premiered on the now defunct DuMont Television Network, the first network television series to be hosted by a Black woman. The show was a 15 minute musical that aired on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It was well received by critics and had decent ratings. However, the show was cancelled in September, 1950 when Scott was accused of being a Communist sympathizer. Scott was born June 11, 1920 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago but raised in New York City. She performed extensively on the piano as a child and received further training at the Julliard School of Music. While still in high school, she hosted her own radio show. Scott starred at the opening of Barney Josephson’s Café Society Uptown in New York City in 1940 and soon her piano pyrotechnics were acclaimed throughout the United States and Europe. She was called the “darling of café society.” Scott made her Broadway debut in 1942 in “Sing Out the News.” She appeared in a number of films, including “I Dood It” (1943), “Broadway Rhythm” (1944), and “Rhapsody in Blue” (1945). She was one of the first Black entertainers to refuse to play before segregated audiences. Albums released by Scott include “Hazel Scott’s Late Show” (1953) and “Relaxed Piano Mood” (1955). Scott died October 2, 1981. Her biography, “Hazel Scott: The Pioneering Journey of a Jazz Pianist, From Café Society to Hollywood to HUAC,” was published in 2008. 

Hits: 136 Continue reading
0 votes

Feel the Beat | Come Dance With Us at Call of the Drum: The Wright's July 2015 eZine

Posted by The Wright Museum
The Wright Museum
Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, t
User is currently offline
on Thursday, 02 July 2015
in Events & Updates
Hits: 16 Continue reading
0 votes

Today in Black History, 07/02/2015 | The Civil Rights Act of 1964

Posted by The Wright Museum
The Wright Museum
Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, t
User is currently offline
on Thursday, 02 July 2015
in Today in Black History

July 2, 1964 The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The act outlawed unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace, and by facilities that served the general public. It invalidated many of the Jim Crow laws in the South. Initial powers of enforcement were weak but they were strengthened in later years. Books that chronicle the times leading up to the passage and the politics involved include “To End All Segregation: The Politics of the Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964” (1990) and “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: The Passage of the Law That Ended Racial Segregation” (1997).

Hits: 452 Continue reading
0 votes

Today in Black History 07/01/2015 | The Republic of Rwanda

Posted by The Wright Museum
The Wright Museum
Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, t
User is currently offline
on Wednesday, 01 July 2015
in Today in Black History

July 1, 1962 The Republic of Rwanda gained its independence from Belgium. Rwanda is located in Central Africa and is bordered by the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the east, and Burundi to the south. It is approximately 10,170 square miles in size and the capital and largest city is Kigali. Rwanda has a population of approximately 12,013,000 people with 93% Christian. The official languages are Kinyarwanda, French, and English.

Hits: 89 Continue reading
0 votes

Today in Black History 06/30/2015 | Allensworth

Posted by The Wright Museum
The Wright Museum
Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, t
User is currently offline
on Tuesday, 30 June 2015
in Today in Black History

June 30, 1908 Allen Allensworth founded the town of Allensworth in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley as an all-Black community. It is the only California town founded, financed, and governed by African Americans. By 1914, the town was reported to be 900 acres of deeded land worth more than $112,500. Over the next couple of decades, the town became a ghost town. Parts of it have been preserved as the Colonel Allensworth State Historical Park which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places February 23, 1972. Allen Allensworth was born enslaved April 7, 1842 in Louisville, Kentucky. He escaped slavery by joining the Union Army during the Civil War. He was ordained a Baptist minister in 1871 and led several churches in Kentucky. He was the only Black delegate from Kentucky to the Republican National Convention in 1880 and 1884. Allensworth was appointed military chaplain to a unit of Buffalo Soldiers in 1886 and by the time he retired in 1906 had reached the rank of lieutenant colonel, the first African American to achieve that rank. After leaving military service, He moved to Los Angeles, California and founded the town of Allensworth. Allensworth died September 14, 1914. Biographies of Allensworth include “Battles and Victories of Allen Allensworth” (1914) and “Out of Darkness: The Story of Allen Allensworth” (1998).

Hits: 112 Continue reading
0 votes

Today in Black History, 06/29/2015 | The Republic of Seychelles

Posted by The Wright Museum
The Wright Museum
Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, t
User is currently offline
on Monday, 29 June 2015
in Today in Black History

June 29, 1976 The Republic of Seychelles gained its independence from the United Kingdom. Seychelles is a 115 island country in the Indian Ocean approximately 932 miles east of mainland Africa. It is approximately 174 square miles in size and the capital and largest city is Victoria. Seychelles has a population of approximately 84,000 people with 93% Christian. The official languages are French, English, and Seychellois Creole.

Hits: 46 Continue reading
0 votes

Today in Black History, 06/28/2015 | Organization of Afro-American Unity

Posted by The Wright Museum
The Wright Museum
Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, t
User is currently offline
on Sunday, 28 June 2015
in Today in Black History

June 28, 1964 Malcolm X formed the Organization of Afro-American Unity. Modeled on the Organization of African Unity, the purpose of the OAAU was to fight for the human rights of African Americans and promote cooperation among Africans and Afro-Americans in the United States. In a memo dated July 2, 1964, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover described the OAAU as a threat to the national security of the United States. After the death of Malcolm X, dwindling membership led to the collapse of the organization.

 

Hits: 39 Continue reading
0 votes

Today in Black History, 06/27/2015 | Crystal Bird Fauset

Posted by The Wright Museum
The Wright Museum
Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, t
User is currently offline
on Saturday, 27 June 2015
in Today in Black History

June 27, 1894 Crystal Bird Fauset, the first African American female state legislator in the United States, was born in Princess Anne, Maryland but raised in Boston, Massachusetts. Fauset worked as field secretary for African American girls at the Young Women’s Christian Association from 1918 to 1926. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Teacher’s College, Columbia University in 1931. Also that year, she founded the Colored Women’s Activities Club for the Democratic National Committee and as a result was appointed director of the Women and Professional Project in the Works Progress Administration. She also served on the Federal Housing Advisory Board in 1935. Fauset was elected to the Pennsylvania state legislature in 1938, the first African American female legislator in the country. During her time in the legislature, she focused on improvements in public health, housing the poor, public relief, and women’s rights in the workplace. Fauset resigned from the Pennsylvania legislature in 1940. She was appointed race relations director at the Office of Civil Defense in 1941 and became a member of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Black cabinet.” After World War II, Fauset helped found the United Nations Council of Philadelphia which later became the World Affairs Council. She traveled to Africa, India, and the Middle East to support independence leaders during the 1950s. Fauset died March 27, 1965. A Pennsylvania state historical marker was dedicated in her honor in Philadelphia in 1991. 

Hits: 35 Continue reading
0 votes

Today in Black History 06/26/2015 | Bernard Anthony Harris, Jr.,

Posted by Nikia Washington
Nikia Washington
Nikia Washington is the Marketing & PR Manager at the Charles H. Wright Museum o
User is currently offline
on Friday, 26 June 2015
in Today in Black History

June 26, 1956 Bernard Anthony Harris, Jr., the first African American to walk in space, was born in Temple, Texas. Harris earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Houston in 1978 and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Texas Tech University School of Medicine in 1982. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in 1985. In 1988, Harris trained as a flight surgeon at the Aerospace School of Medicine and Joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Johnson Space Center as a clinical scientist and flight surgeon. Harris became an astronaut in 1991 and flew on his first space mission in 1993 as a mission specialist. He flew on his second space mission as the payload commander and during that mission became the first African American to walk in space February 9, 1995. In total, Harris logged 437 hours in space and traveled over 7.1 million miles. Harris left NASA in 1996 and founded The Harris Foundation in 1998 “to invest in community-based initiatives to support education, health and wealth. THF supports programs that empower individuals, in particular minorities and other economically and/or socially disadvantaged, to recognize their potential and pursue their dreams.” The Bernard Harris Middle School opened in San Antonio, Texas in 2006. Harris is a past president of the American Telemedicine Association. He is currently president and CEO of a venture capital accelerator that invest in early stage companies in medical informatics and technology.

Hits: 93 Continue reading
0 votes

Today in Black History, 06/25/2015 | Remembering Michael Jackson

Posted by The Wright Museum
The Wright Museum
Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, t
User is currently offline
on Thursday, 25 June 2015
in Today in Black History

June 25, 2009 Michael Joseph Jackson, hall of fame singer and the “King of Pop,” died. Jackson was born August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana. He made his professional debut in 1964 as a member of the Jackson 5. They signed with Motown Records in 1968 and their first four singles, “I Want You Back” (1969), “ABC” (1970), “The Love You Save” (1970), and “I’ll Be There” (1970) all peaked at number one on the Billboard 100. He starred as the scarecrow in the Broadway musical “The Wiz” in 1978. His 1982 album “Thriller” is the best-selling album of all time with “Off The Wall” (1979), “Bad” (1987), and “Dangerous” (1991) among the best-selling of all time. Over his career, Jackson won 19 Grammy Awards, including a record eight in 1984. He is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. Jackson received numerous awards, including the World Music Award’s “Best Selling Pop Music Artist of the Millennium” and the American Music Award’s “Artist of the Century.” He was a double inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, once as a member of the Jackson 5 in 1997 and as a solo artist in 2001. Jackson was posthumously honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the National Museum of Dance’s Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame in 2010.  Several biographies have been written about Jackson, including “Michael Jackson: The Man Behind the Mask” (2005).

Hits: 784 Continue reading
0 votes

Today in Black History, 06/24/2015 | Prince Hall

Posted by The Wright Museum
The Wright Museum
Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, t
User is currently offline
on Wednesday, 24 June 2015
in Today in Black History

June 24, 1835 A tribute monument to Prince Hall was unveiled next to his grave marker on Copp’s Hill in Boston, Massachusetts. Hall was born September 14, 1735 in Barbados. Not much is known of his youth and how he ended up in Boston. It is known that he was a property owner and a registered voter and that he worked as an abolitionist and civil rights activist. He fought for laws to protect Black people from kidnapping by slave traders and campaigned for schools for Black children. Hall and 14 other free Black men were initiated into Military Lodge No. 441, a lodge attached to the British Army, March 6, 1775. On July 3, 1776, the Black Masons were granted a dispensation for limited operations as African Lodge No. 1 which then served as the mother lodge to new Black lodges in other cities. Black Freemasons formed the African Grand Lodge of North America in 1791 and unanimously elected Hall Grand Master, a positon he held until his death December 4, 1807. The African Grand Lodge was later renamed Prince Hall Grand Lodge in his honor. “Prince Hall: Life and Legacy” was published in 1983. Hall’s name is enshrined in the Ring of Genealogy at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan.

Hits: 185 Continue reading
0 votes

The Fifth Letter, The Loving Story & More: The Wright's Weekly Update June 22 - 28

Posted by The Wright Museum
The Wright Museum
Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, t
User is currently offline
on Monday, 22 June 2015
in Events & Updates
Hits: 15 Continue reading
0 votes

Today in Black History 06/20/2015 | 1943 Detroit Race Riot

Posted by The Wright Museum
The Wright Museum
Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, t
User is currently offline
on Saturday, 20 June 2015
in Today in Black History

June 20, 1943 The Detroit Race Riot began with a fist fight between a Black man and a White man on Belle Isle. The fight eventually grew into confrontations between groups of Black and White people and spread into the city. Rumors that Black women were being assaulted and White women being raped fueled the confrontations. Stores were looted and buildings burned, primarily around the Black section of town called Paradise Valley. After 36 hours, Federal troops restored peace to the streets. Over the course of the riot, 36 people were killed, 25 of whom were African American, 600 injured, 75%  of which were African Americans, and 1,800 people were arrested, with Black people accounting for more than 85%.

Hits: 196 Continue reading
0 votes

Detroit Native Vivian Carpenter releases debut novel "The Fifth Letter"; Political thriller explores the trials and tribulations of the first Black female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Posted by The Wright Museum
The Wright Museum
Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, t
User is currently offline
on Friday, 19 June 2015
in Events & Updates

 Detroit native Vivian Carpenter releases debut novel

Political thriller explores the trials and tribulations of the first Black female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 

Rooted in the historical treatment of Blacks in the United States, Vivian Carpenter’s The Fifth Letter reveals how U.S. Justice Katherine Ross, the first Black female on the U.S. Supreme Court, is influenced by secrets in her mother’s memoirs as she wrestles with the power and the politics of the nation’s highest court. Carpenter, a Detroit nativet, will speak about her novel during a free lecture and book signing Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 6 PM at the Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History. 

Hits: 109 Continue reading
0 votes

Today in Black History, 06/19/2015 | Dr. Ben Carson received Presidential Medal of Freedom

Posted by The Wright Museum
The Wright Museum
Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, t
User is currently offline
on Friday, 19 June 2015
in Today in Black History

June 19, 2008 President George W. Bush presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian award, to Benjamin Solomon Carson, Sr. Carson was born September 18, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Yale University in 1973 and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1977. He became director of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins Hospital at 33, the youngest major division director at the hospital. Carson became the first surgeon in the world to successfully separate Siamese twins conjoined at the back of the head in 1987. Other surgical innovations by Carson include the first intrauterine procedure to relieve pressure on the brain of a hydrocephalic fetal twin and a hemispherectomy to remove half of the brain of a young girl suffering from uncontrollable seizures. Carson retired as a surgeon and joined The Washington Times as a weekly opinion columnist in 2013. He co-founded the Carson Scholarship Fund in 1994 to recognize young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments. Carson was awarded the 2006 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Spingarn Medal. He published his autobiography, “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,” in 1990. Other books by Carson include “Think Big” (1996), “The Big Picture” (2000), “Take The Risk” (2008), and “One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future.” He has received 38 honorary doctorate degrees and serves on the board of directors of Kellogg Company and Costco Wholesale Corporation. Carson is a member of the American Academy of Achievement and the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. He was elected into the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine in 2010. Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine in Detroit is named in his honor. Carson is currently attempting to become the Republican nominee for the presidency in 2016.

Hits: 540 Continue reading
0 votes

Comments

javjet