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» TUESDAY: 30 Days To Lose It! Workout ($)
» WEDNESDAY: Voices of the Civil War Episode 1 Conclusion
» WEDNESDAY: More Than A Month Film Screening
» THURSDAY: Great American Artists Panel Discussion
» FRIDAY: AfroFlow From Michigan to the Motherland Concert
» FRIDAY: FELA! Benefit Performance at Music Hall
» SATURDAY: Afrobeat Album Art Workshop
» SATURDAY: Black Health Empowerment Workshop
» SUNDAY: Sankofa Film Screening
» SUNDAY: ASALH Monthly Meeting
» SUNDAY: Hustle for History ($)
» Current Exhibitions
» You May Have Missed...
» Become a Member Today!

30 Days To Lose It! Workout ( $)
Tuesday 2/14 @ 7:30 pm in the MPR
Join 30 Days To Lose It! during Black History Month with the American Heart Association and its annual Go Red for Women! campaign.  Treat yourself to an invigorating Hustle for Health workout with Thomasenia Johnson of Two Left Feet at 7:30.  Free for 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 call (313) 494-5817 or email

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Voices of the Civil War Episode 1 Conclusion
Wednesday 2/15 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 will cover pertinent topics that follow the monthly events and issues as they unfolded for African Americans.  In the conclusion to Episode 1, “The Original Sin,” we travel back to the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787.  Here we see disunion already brewing over the issue of slavery.  Delegates like James Madison, George Mason, and Benjamin Franklin pontificate on the effects of building a new nation on the backs of tyranny.  View this and previous episodes at

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More Than a Month Film Screening
Wednesday 2/15 @ 6:30 pm in the MPR
Follow Shukee Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year old African American filmmaker, on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month.  Through this tongue-in-cheek journey, Tilghman balances humor with intellectual exploration while exploring the state of black history education in American public schools, the effect of “history months” on the formation of American racial identity, how black culture is used to sell products, and all while posing the question: what would it mean if Black History Month were no more?  Click here to view the trailer.  Free and open to the public.

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Great American Artists Panel Discussion
Thursday 2/16 @ 6:30 pm in the MPR
Go deep into the heart and soul of Great American Art with this discussion featuring several prominent Detroit visual artists including Christopher Batten, Sydney James, Gregory Johnson, Sabrina Nelson and Senghor Reid, all of whom are contributors to the year-long, Contemporary Artists Exhibit "Great American Artists: Roots, Branches, and Seeds."  Free and open to the public.

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AfroFlow: From Michigan to the Motherland Concert
Friday 2/17 @ 7 pm in the General Motors Theater
From Michigan to the Motherland, it's the triumphant return of AfroFlow featuring MIKE-E & DJ Invisible, DJ for national recording artist Xzibit.  Their last performance at The Wright Museum was July's absolutely packed opening night of Concert of Colors - don't miss what will certainly be a spectacular array of beats, rhythms and rhymes!  Hosted by Khary Kimani Turner and featuring special guests Detroit’s own L’Renee, Senegal’s Pathé Jassi, Rwanda’s Ben Mugisha (aka The Ben), legendary blues man Rev. Robert B. Jones, guitarist Ras Kente and B-Boy Haleem “Stringz” Rasul, with Jeff Canady and the Amen-Ra Brothers on drums.  This high energy, cross-cultural music and dance celebration is great for ALL ages!  Free and open to the public.

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FELA! Benefit Performance for The Wright Museum
Friday 2/17 at 8 pm at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts
Sponsored by Michigan Chronicle and the United Auto Workers (UAW), a portion of the proceeds from Music Hall's opening-weekend performance of the electrifying, Tony® Award-winning musical, FELA!, presented by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Will & Jada Pinkett-Smith, will benefit the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.  Tickets start at $37 and can be purchased online by clicking here, or by phone at 800-745-3000.  Members of the Museum and the UAW receive 10% off tickets - enter promotional code "Yeah Yeah" when ordering.  Purchasers of tickets at the $75 level and above can attend a special performance Afterglow to meet the cast!  PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are NOT available for this performance at the Museum.  For more information call (313) 887-8500.

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Afrobeat Album Art Workshop
Saturday 2/18 @ 1 pm in the MPR
Groove to the beat of legendary Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation, and use that “Afrobeat Inspiration” to create your own colorful, take-home album covers!  Free with Museum admission.

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Black Health Empowerment Workshop
Saturday 2/18 @ 3 pm in the Classrooms
Henry Ford Health System presents Black Health Empowerment workshops every Saturday in February.  HFHS doctors and specialists will discuss a variety of topics including childhood obesity, men's health issues, women's health issues, and heart disease and stroke prevention.  These events are FREE and open to the public.

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Sankofa Film Screening
Sunday 2/19 @ 2 pm in the MPR
This gripping movie tells the story of a self-absorbed Black American fashion model on a photo shoot in Africa who is spiritually transported back to a plantation in the West Indies.  There she experiences first-hand the physical and psychic horrors of slavery, and eventually the redemptive power of community and rebellion as she becomes a member of a freedom-seeking Maroon colony.  Sankofa is an Andikra word that means "going to the past, remembering it, and with it, turning to the future."  This event is free and open to the public.

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Association for the Study of African American Life and History (monthly meeting)
Sunday 2/19 @ 3 pm in the Classrooms
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) 861-3614 or via email at, or Mr. Tyrone Davenport, Chief Operating Officer at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, at (313) 494-5884 or  This event is free and open to the public.

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Hustle for History (weekly - $)
Sunday 2/19 @ 5 pm in the Ford Freedom Rotunda
Get your groove on with our weekly hustle lessons, taught by instructor Thomasenia Johnson of Two Left FeetFree 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.

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Current Exhibitions

We Don't Want Them: A History of Detroit's Housing Segregation
Through February 27

This traveling exhibit, a collaborative effort between the Michigan Humanities Council and Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, uses historic photographs and documents to tell stories about Black Bottom, the 1967 Uprising and Sojourner Truth Housing Complex, showcasing the history of housing segregation in Detroit.  Running through the month of February, it's part of the Michigan Humanities Council’s Great Michigan Read program, and prominently displayed in the exhibit is Dr. Ossian Sweet, the subject of this year’s Great Michigan Read, Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, by Kevin Boyle, which tells the story of Dr. Sweet and the chain of events that occurred after he purchased a home for his family in an all-white Detroit neighborhood in 1925.  Click here to learn more...

Mixing Metaphors: The Aesthetic, Social and Political in African American Art
Through June 3
Organized and sponsored by Bank of America, Mixing Metaphors is an exhibition composed of more than 90 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures and mixed media works by 36 artists including Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden.  The exhibition draws its inspiration from the different artists’ visions and their use of technique to convey compelling stories.  Body politics, race, class and gender are a few of the topics that surface in these works of art, which depict moments from the extraordinary to the mundane.  Some of the artists in this exhibition base their work on stories about family life or ideas about music and love; others document experiences that transformed the twentieth century and inspired the next generation.  Indeed, Mixing Metaphors will be a thought-provoking experience.  Click here to learn more...

Moving to His Own Beat - Fela: The Man, The Movement, The Music
Through April 1
Created in partnership with Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, this exhibit examines the life of Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti in the realms of music, culture, and politics, and preludes the arrival of the off-Broadway smash musical, Fela!, in February, 2012.  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.  He spoke out against the ruling government, returned to African traditions that had been interrupted during Colonialism, and brilliantly used his music as a medium for social change.  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.  Click here to learn more...

The Chris Webber Collection: Exceptional People During Extraordinary Times, 1755 - Present
Through April 29
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.  Click here to learn more...

Great American Artists: Roots, Branches, and Seeds - Part I
Through April 29
This yearlong exhibition features the works of a consortium of Detroit artists in a three-part series. During the past several years, each artist has collaborated to complete a portrait of a group member and to document each other’s studio processes, techniques and themes. This cooperative provides the group a means of documenting and preserving each artist’s image and their careers.  In declaring themselves Great American Artists, they have set the bar high. The first installation features the art of Richard Lewis, Sabrina Nelson, and Gregory Johnson, and will be on exhibit January 12 - April 29, 2012.  Click here to learn more...

You May Have Missed...

"Red Tails is a Tale of Beating the Odds" by Leah Johnson

•  The Detroit News, "Calling all curious kids: Several Detroit area museum exhibits amp up the fun factor"

Great Lakes Gazette, "The Wright Museum: Black History Month And Beyond"

The Huffington Post, "Charles H. Wright Museum Celebrates Black History With A Range Of Exhibits And Programs"

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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.
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Sunday, 1 - 5 pm
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Seniors (62 +) & Youth (3 - 12) $5
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