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THE BEST OF THE WRIGHT

Long Term Exhibition

Witness emboldening performances and conversations that spark creativity and drive change.

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.

  • Our Voice

    Freedom Players performs, "Our Voice" featuring performance art, song, and poetry. This program was originally hosted at the Wright Museum on April 28, 2017.
  • Did You Know? - Ronald McNair

    Wright Museum educator, Jatu Gray, inspires us with the story NASA astronaut Ronald McNair.
  • Freedom: Breaking the Chains

    “Freedom: Breaking the Chains,” is a dance performance by Jonas Byaruhanga, who directs the Keiga Dance Company in Kampala, Uganda.
  • Douriean Fletcher - Design Talk

    Jewelry Designer, Douriean Fletcher, talks about her process and designing the jewelry for Marvel's Black Panther (2018).

Honoring Naomi Long Madgett

Naomi Long Madgett, Poet Laureate, 2012 Kresge Eminent Artist, Editor, and Educator, speaks and shares her original poems during the Women's History Month: Women of Vision ceremony.

Alison Felder Performs

Alison Felder performs Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech "How Long, Not Long" and Dudley Randall's poem "Ballad of Birmingham" during the commemoration program of the 55th Anniversary of the Birmingham Church Bombing on September 8, 2018.

Tribute to Charles Mingus

Bassists Marion Hayden talks and performs in tribute to jazz legend Charles Mingus.

The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers - Satori Shakoor

After Satori Shakoor loses her mother to ovarian cancer, she discovers gratitude and the power of two words "Thank You."

Wilma Ray Bledsoe Reflections

In this oral history, Wilma Ray Bledsoe shares inspirational family stories and kernels of wisdom from her years of working in areas of social justice and education. She is the widow of prominent Detroit Judge William Bledsoe.

The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers - 'EPIPHANY! - Justin Anderson

When 14-year-old Justin Anderson refuses to leave a tip for a maid he takes a surprising journey to learn the meaning of compassion.

Rev. Joann Watson Remembers Rosa Parks

Former Detroit city councilor, Rev. Joann Watson remembers the late Rosa Parks.

Aurora Harris Poetry Concert

Poet, activist, and educator at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Aurora Harris shares her new poetry accompanied by the Afro-centric jazz group, In The Tradition.

The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers - THE DATING GAME!

It's love at first sight for Maxie Jones. He has met his soulmate. Go on this hilarious ride with him to discover a simple truth.

Art Informed by Black Lives Matter

Acclaimed poet and "Past Tense" ensemble member Carl Hancock Rux joins Detroit artists and activists like Cozine Welch, Jr. in sharing poetry in response to police brutality and the systemic effects of institutionalized racism (Parental Advisory).

Dr. Aneb Kgositsile Poetry Reading

Dr. Aneb Kgositsile (Gloria House) shares poems with performance and music from her new book of poetry, "Medicine".

Sonia Sanchez Speech

Poet and activist, Sonia Sanchez shares her words of wisdom around speaking truth to power through creativity and grassroots activism.