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The Best of the Wright

Long Term Exhibition

Listen to leading scholars speak on issues like race, law, and politics while children learn fun stories and workshops that reflect African and African American culture.

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Over the years, The Wright has hosted performers, speakers, authors, and dignitaries from across the African diaspora to educate, enlighten, inspire and entertain our audiences. Now, visitors like you can experience these incredible moments from the comfort of your own home through our new online collections.

  • Racism: The Real Public Health Crisis

    Dr. Michelle Williams, dean of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, gives an address regarding the disparities that exist in public health. Jamesa Johnson Greer, a policy specialist from the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition/Citizens Clean Air Council, and Dr. Lyke Thompson, Director of the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University, will provide insights on how Detroiters are working to address these issues and what is needed to protect public health.
  • Mass Incarceration & the U.S. Injustice System

    Rev. Hector "Bennyz" Custodio and Johnny Perez speaks on the issue of Mass Incarceration and the U.S. Injustice System. This program was hosted at the Wright Museum on January 6, 2018.
  • Dr. Clayborne Carson Lecture

    Dr. Clayborne Carson, professor of history at Stanford University, speaks about the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This program was originally held at the Wright Museum on February 21, 2018.
  • Black Community and the Police

    "Black Community and the Police" is a panel discussion featuring the following panelists: John Bennett, Former DPD Officer, and Co-Chair CORE; Ike McKinnon, Former Chief of Police City of Detroit Ralph Godbee, Former Chief of Police, City of Detroit; Douglas Merriman, Former Wayne County Sheriff; Kenneth Reed, Spokesperson. The original program was at the Wright Museum on April 1, 2017.

Dr. Tiya Miles - The Dawn of Detroit

Dr. Tiya Miles, professor at the University of Michigan, lectures on her new book The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits.  

Former First Lady of Haiti Mildred T. Aristide on the Haitian Revolution

Former First Lady of Haiti Mildred T. Aristide speaks on the Haitian Revolution: A Past Forever Present. This program looks at how transformative events in Haiti's history as well as the current realities, embody the struggle for dignity.

 

Dr. Clarence Lusane on the Black History of the White House

Clarence Lusane, Ph.D., Professor and Chair Political Science Howard University, lectures about the Black History of the White House. Originally aired on Thursday, February 8, 2018.

Sir Hilary Beckles on Global Reparations

Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Sir Hilary Beckles speaks about the global reparations movement.

King of Stage: The Woodie King, Jr. Story

This panel of liberal arts leaders discusses the legacy of Woodie King, Jr. in the world of Black theatre. The panel includes Woodie King, Jr. - Founder & Artistic Director of the New Federal Theatre, Bill Harris - Kresge Eminent Literary Artist, Ron Himes - Founder & Producing Director of the Saint Louis Black Repertory Company and Shahida Mausi - President of The Right Production This was originally aired on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

 

Dr. Runoko Rashidi Describing Influences

Dr. Runoko Rashidi describes the educators and activists that influenced him.

Did You Know? - Dr. Charles H. Wright

Wright Museum educator Jonathan Jones teaches us facts about the museum founder Dr. Charles H. Wright.

Dr. Barbara Ransby Lecture

Dr. Barbara Ransby, professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, lectures on the role of capitalism in the exploitation of Black Americans.

Visions of Detroit Walkthrough

Wright Museum assistant curator, Jennifer Evans gives a walkthrough of the exhibition, Visions of Detroit, featuring the art of the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club.

Larry Lee Motley Shares the History of Inkster, MI

In this clip, local historian Larry Lee Motley (1944-2020) shares his knowledge on the history of Inkster, MI.

Khalea Ross Robinson Speech

Television producer Khalea Ross Robinson speaks on how to achieve excellence.

Rep. Maxine Waters Speech

U.S. Representative Maxine Waters delivers an address at The Wright.

Did You Know? - Women and Historical Success

Wright Museum educator Yolanda Jack shares the accomplishments of various African American women in history.