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Glimpses from "And Still We Rise"

Thursdays throughout the year at 12:00pm and 4:00pm (virtual)

Join The Wright in virtual presentations and discussions throughout the year as we share parts of our well-known core exhibit, And Still We Rise. We will feature objects and topics on display in the core exhibit.

September 1st: The Story of Nurse Susie King Taylor

Born into slavery, Susie Taylor (1848-1912) was able to obtain an education. She attended ‘secret’ schools taught by African-Americans. She used her literacy and skills as a nurse to assist African-American soldiers serving in the Union Army. She has the distinction of being the only African-American woman to publish an account of her experiences during the war.         

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September 15th: The Activism of Frances E. W. Harper

An American abolitionist, suffragist, poet, teacher, public speaker, and writer, she fought hard for many rights and lectured across America during a time when women rarely spoke in public.

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October 6th: The Gotham Hotel in Paradise Valley

Gotham Hotel in Detroit, which is no longer standing, offered a level of elegance and glamour that was often otherwise denied to African Americans. It was one of the few luxury hotels that was available to black people. It was frequented by many well-known African American celebrities, jazz musicians and other entertainers.

October 20th: John Brown and Abolitionism

A controversial historic figure, John Brown was a leader in the abolitionist movement in the pre-Civil War United States. Brown led raids to free enslaved people in areas where forced labor was still in practice.

November 3rd: The Power of the Press: the story of John Mitchell Jr, "the Fighting Editor"

Born near the end of North American enslavement, John Mitchell Jr rose from being the enslaved to becoming a prominent editor, politician, banker, and civil rights activist. As a key figure in the Antilynching Movement, he used his education, charisma, and passion to promote racial pride, civil rights, and equitable justice for people of color.

November 17: The Political Legacy of John Mercer Langston

One of the most prominent African American figures of the United States before, during, and after the Civil War, John Mercer Langston, the political rival of Fredrick Douglass, not only created legacy as one of the first African Americans to hold a political office, but is also the founding Dean of Howard University.  

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December 1st: The Rebellious Call of Henry Highland Garnet

Born in the time of United States enslavement, Henry Highland Garnet sought and achieved freedom with his family at just nine years old. Never one to sit idle, Garnet became not only a prominent Presbyterian minister, abolitionist, and minister to Liberia, but one of the most prolific voices of the radicalized Anti-Slavery Movement.

December 15th: CANCELED: Lucinda "Lucy" Thurman and the Elevation of African American Women

Born free in Ontario, Canada, Lucinda "Lucy" Thurman gained international recognition for her efforts as a community organizer championing the rights of women, especially African American women, for increased opportunities in education, sanitation, nutrition, and voting rights.

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January 5th: The Black Prophetic Tradition: The Story of Rev. Albert Cleage, Jr

Rev. Cleage, also known as Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman was born in Indianapolis in 1911, but grew up in Detroit and emerged as a leader during the devastating riots of 1967. In 1968, the Detroit Free Press poll confirmed him to be one of the most well-known and influential leaders in his community. Cleage wrote several books addressing the need for black nationalism within the Christian faith as well as establishing the Black Christian Nationalist Movement as a separate denomination. The name was later changed to the Pan African Orthodox Christian Church (PAOCC), with locations in Atlanta, GA, and Houston, TX, several cultural centers, bookstores, community service centers, and a working farm.

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January 19th: Mercy Mercy We: The Pioneering Practice of Drs. David and Daisy Northcross

Educated in a segregated south, but settling in Detroit in 1916, the Doctors Northcross, David and Daisy, set about creating a space that catered to all people. They opened Mercy Hospital and Training School in 1917, becoming the first African American Hospital established in Detroit.


February 2nd: Midnight Faith: The Story of Second Baptist Church

Serving as a Detroit station of the Underground Railroad, Second Baptist Church is not only the oldest religious institution owned by blacks in the Midwest, but is also the site of many historic and iconic events ranging from the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation  to the baptism of Ralphe Bunche.


February 9th: The Radical Appeal of David Walker

Though born to an enslaved father, because his mother was a free woman, David Walker grew up a free man. He gained an education and opened his own clothing store, but it was when he became evolved in the abolitionist movement that he was able to make a lasting impact with his pamphlet called "The Appeal."


February 16th: First in Class: the Story of Dr. Joseph Ferguson

Born in 1821 to free parents, Joseph Ferguson became a barber and because of the connection barbers had to basic medical practices, he sought and achieved obtaining his medical degree from the Detroit Medical College, the forerunner of Wayne State University School of Medicine.


February 23rd: We Built This: The Story of United States Colored Troops

Regiments in the United States Army, mostly composed primarily of African-American (colored) soldiers. They were first recruited during the American Civil War, and by the end of the war in 1865, there were 175 USCT regiments


March 23rd: Queen Nzinga: Ruler of the Kongo

Queen Nzinga, ruler of the Kongo in the 1400s, was an icon of resourcefulness, diplomacy, and policy. Join us as we explore her life, times, and accomplishments.


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