The Charles H. Wright Museum
of African American History
Honoring our Founder
All month long, we honor the mission, vision, and lasting legacy of our founder, Dr. Charles H. Wright! To celebrate his lasting legacy, our Friends Committee encourages everyone to become a member. Join now, and learn more about Dr. Wright’s story, mission, and vision!
About Dr. Wright: a man with vision
Physician, author, and activist Charles Howard Wright (September 20, 1918 – March 7, 2002) was born in Dothan, Alabama. Dr. Wright devoted his life to the Detroit community as a successful obstetrician-gynecologist, civil rights leader, institution builder, philanthropist, author and loving husband and father. A tremendous force in the integration of Detroit hospitals, Dr. Wright served as emeritus attending physician at Harper-Grace Hospital; senior attending physician at Sinai Hospital and assistant clinical professor of OB-GYN at Wayne State University.
On encountering a memorial to World War II heroes in Denmark, Dr. Wright felt inspired to create a repository for African-American history and culture, a space for celebration and remembrance that would inspire generations of visitors. This inspiration led him to open the International Afro-American Museum in 1965. Dr. Wright’s commitment to the Museum and other initiatives earned him the title of Father of the National Movement to Establish African American Museums.
Get your September "Wright Message" Tee
All September, we honor the mission, vision, and lasting legacy of our founder, Dr. Charles H. Wright! His quote that displays his passion for African American history is, "Knowledge of history isn't a luxury, but a necessity." This comfortable tee is made of 100% ring-spun cotton, and double stitching on the neckline and sleeves add more durability to what is sure to be a favorite. All proceeds benefit the Museum. Honor Dr. Charles H. Wright and get your t-shirt today!