Wright African American Museum
While February is Black History Month, it’s not the only time of year you can learn about the innovations, sacrifices and accomplishments of African Americans. In fact, there’s a place right in Detroit that celebrates all year long – the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
Whether you live in the Detroit area or are visiting from out of town, the Charles H. Wright Museum is the best place to learn about the African-American experience throughout history and current events that are of social relevance. Every year, thousands of visitors enjoy exhibits, concerts, films, lectures, fitness classes and more.
The museum is celebrating its 50th year and putting on plenty of special events. Here are just a few:
- The museum is sponsoring “Oh, Freedom!” starring Grammy Award-winner Patti Austin. The show takes place March 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Detroit Opera House. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000 or at the Detroit Opera House box office.
- The 33rd annual African World Festival is three days of free fun for the whole family, taking place August 14–16 at the museum. Check out hundreds of vendors, ethnic foods, African drumming and dance performances, poetry, arts and crafts and more.
- On September 25, the traveling tour, “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair, ” hits Detroit from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the museum. See innovation through the fashion designs of Yves St. Laurent, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta and many others.
- The Wright Gala’s 50th Anniversary Celebration takes place October 10 at the Detroit Marriott at the RenaissanceCenter, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The event will include a pre-reception, seated dinner and after-party.
- The Wright Museum wants locals and visitors alike to take an active role in maintaining their health. That’s why they offer Hustle for History dance lessons every Sunday night from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The hustle routines are designed to get all ages moving. It’s free for members and $7 for non-members. If you purchase five lessons, you’ll even receive a complimentary museum membership!
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Were the wright brothers African Americans?
No they were of caucasian stock.