The Friends Committee at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Judge Craig Strong invite all supporters of Black history and culture to celebrate the 102nd birthday of museum founder Dr. Charles H. Wright on September 19, 2020, at their drive-through fundraiser. From 12 pm to 4 pm EST, participants will arrive at 315 E. Warren Avenue in Detroit to drop off their donation. “This effort means so much to our overall Fund Development Campaign as we experience a growing number of people interested in ways to support the museum, says Neil Barclay, President, and CEO of The Wright Museum. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we sincerely thank The Friends of The Wright, especially Judge Strong, who continues to serve as a staunch supporter of the museum”.
The first 600 donors in this effort will receive the Museum’s signature cookbook, Of the People: An African American Cooking Experience, regardless of giving amount. Discounted memberships for individuals and families are also available, when donors give $25+ or $50+, respectively. “As we continuously support The Wright, we’re excited to present another opportunity that commemorates the rich legacy of Dr. Wright while raising much-needed funding for the outstanding programs, events, and exhibits offered at the Museum,” says Stephanie Wright Griggs, one of Dr. Wright’s daughters and a member of The Friends Committee.
About Dr. Charles H. Wright
Dr. Charles H. Wright (September 20, 1918 – March 7, 2002) was an obstetrician-gynecologist, civil rights leader, institution builder, philanthropist, author, and loving husband and father.
During his medical practice years, Dr. Wright successfully eliminated segregation at Detroit’s Woman’s Hospital, now the Hutzel Hospital. This enabled Dr. Wright and other African American doctors to deliver the babies of their patients at this hospital.
Dr. Wright’s commitment to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and other initiatives earned him the title of Father of the National Movement to Establish African American Museums.
Edward Foxworth, III
Director of External Affairs
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History