Relive The Wright's 39th African World Festival!

A Note from the President & CEO

Signature Events

Virtual Options Available

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.

August 18th: The Story of Ossian Sweet and the Fight for Home Ownership in Detroit

This session will explore the fight for home ownership and the struggle against neighborhood segregation through the lens of the Ossian Sweet Case. In 1925, Dr. Ossian Sweet, a prominent African American physician, purchased a home in an all-white Detroit neighborhood. The result was a mob scene, a murder charge, and a landmark lawsuit. Mr. Sweet was charged with murder in 1925 after he and his friends used armed self-defense against a hostile white mob protesting after Sweet moved into their neighborhood.

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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.

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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.

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