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DETROIT, MI (Sept. 15, 2021) - The Friends Committee, an auxiliary group to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, invites all supporters of Black history and culture to celebrate the 103rd birthday of museum founder Dr. Charles H. Wright on September 18, 2021, at their drive-up membership campaign. From 12 pm to 4 pm, participants will enter the circle at 315 East Warren Avenue in Detroit to purchase their youth, family, or individual membership at a 20% discounted rate. This membership drive, being offered in a COVID safe way, is part of a Join the Journey campaign designed to increase the number of members at The Wright Museum.

“As we experience a growing number of people interested in ways to support the museum, this effort is an excellent opportunity to get involved with our overall Fund Development Campaign”, 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 Craig Strong, who continues to serve as a staunch supporter of the museum.” 

Participation Perks 

The first 25 supporters in this effort, joining or renewing at the Contributor Level, will receive Dr. Wright’s book, “The National Medical Association Demands Equal Opportunity: Nothing More Nothing Less.” Discounted memberships for individuals and families are also available.

“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, a loving husband and father. 

During his medical practice years, Dr. Wright successfully eliminated segregation at Detroit’s Woman’s Hospital, now Hutzel Hospital, enabling Dr. Wright and other African American doctors to deliver their patients' babies at that facility. 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."


Media Contact

Edward Foxworth III, Director of External Affairs

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History


Phone: 313.494.5863