Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

2013 Summer Theater Festival Featuring Passing & I’mma Do Me
Friday 7/12 at 7 pm
Saturday 7/13 at 2 & 7 pm
Sunday 7/14 at 2 & 7 pm
Enjoy a stellar weekend of double-header performances featuring 2 fantastic one-woman plays! Passing is the Off-Broadway production based on the true story of one woman’s courageous and remarkable choice in the segregated South. Starring Mayowa Reynolds, written by Dara Harper, and directed by Lumumba Reynolds, Passing has enjoyed several sold-out performances over the past two years at The Wright, so don’t miss this limited engagement. I’mma Do Me is a 15-character play that confronts the heartache and humor of poverty in America across several generations and diverse walks of life, and is written and performed by April Dae Rochon. Tickets for each double-feature performance are $20 in advance or $25 at the door (special discount for Wright Museum members on door tickets). Purchase tickets online at or by calling (800) 838-3006.

The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers presents Breakups & Downs & Throughs ($)
Friday 7/19 at 8 pm
Hosted by Moth Mainstage Storyteller & Host, Satori Shakoor, The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers has a global mission to connect humanity, create community and provide an uplifting, thought provoking, soul cleansing, entertainment experience that is unique, through the art and craft of storytelling. Founder Satori Shakoor uses laughter, tears and the drama and joys of real life experiences to connect and engage audiences through this live storytelling event taking place every third Friday at The Wright Museum. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at or by calling 313-744-6037.

Fatherhood 101 Film Screening & Discussion w/Director Marquette Williams
Saturday 7/20 at 1 & 4 pm
“Fatherhood 101” explores the meaning of fatherhood by unveiling a multitude of compelling fatherhood philosophies. Follow fathers from all sociocultural backgrounds – including celebrity fathers such as Alan Thicke, Christopher McDonald, Grant Hill, Lance Henriksen, Lee Daniels, Robert Davi, and Tyrese Gibson – as they reveal an intimate side of themselves. With the support of riveting statistics of hope and expert testimonials from case workers, lawmakers and agencies, the film examines the dissension between the vital role of fathers in children’s development and the current fatherhood landscape. Screenings/discussions with director Marquette Williams at 1 & 4 pm. For more information, please call (313) 494-5800.

Opening Reception for Inspiration Through Art: Works of Darold Gholston & Henry Heading
Thursday 7/25 from 6 – 9 pm
Join us for the opening reception of Inspiration Through Art: Works of Darold Gholston & Henry Heading, the newest exhibit in the Contemporary Artists Gallery. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided. Free.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historical Site & African Canadian Heritage Tour
Saturday 7/27 from 7 am – 7 pm
Join the Friends Committee of The Wright Museum for this memorable heritage tour that will take you along the Underground Railroad to relive the plight of those who sought freedom under the Northern Star. At a bend in the Sydenham River near the town of Dresden, Ontario stands Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site. It commemorates the life of Reverend Josiah Henson – renowned abolitionist, preacher and “conductor” on the underground railroad. Henson rose to international fame after Harriet Beecher Stowe acknowledged his memoirs as a source for her 1852 anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. His dramatic experiences and his connection with Stowe’s book made him one of the most famous Canadians of his day. Other stops may include Amherstberg, Ontario, Black Historical Museum/Nazrey African Methodist Episcopal Church. Tickets are $60 each, and include deluxe motor coach transportation, narrated tour, admission and donation for all venues. **US Passport, Enhanced Drivers License or Passport Card Required** Reservation deadline is July 16, 2013, and motor coach will pick up/drop off at The Wright Museum. For more information contact Willa Miller at (313) 361-3406. Sponsored by Friends Committee.


Meet the Scientist Saturday featuring David Head & Dr. Terrance Dillard
Saturday 7/13 at 1 pm
Do you know a curious student, a young Einstein, or a future tech wizard who is always thinking of the next big thing? Bring them to discover and explore science with activities led by scientists and technologists from the new, hands-on exhibit, “Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology!” David Head & colleagues from the David L. Head Foundation will discuss African American inventors like Granville T. Woods and Elijah McCoy, and their inventions and contributions to science. July’s program features Chauncey Spencer II, a descendent of the Tuskegee Airmen. Free with museum admission. For more information please call (313) 494-5800.

Charter One Free Family Second Sunday
Sunday 7/14 from 1 – 5 pm
Bring the whole family to Rejoice, Relive & Reconnect at The Wright Museum with free admission every second Sunday of the month courtesy of Charter One Bank! Enjoy the many exhibits on display as well as engaging programming for the entire family. Free Family Second Sundays are supported by the Charter One Foundation. Free.

Don Barden Foundation Interactive Storytime
Sunday 7/14 at 2 pm
Where music, movement, and literacy collide, this interactive story performance will put your kids in the story! Have fun dancing and enjoying storytelling with Ideeyah and Saxappeal – AND take a free book home afterwards! Made possible by support from the Don Barden Foundation. Free.


Voices of the Civil War Episode 18
Wednesday 7/17 online at
The Voices of the Civil War is a five-year film series dedicated to celebrating and commemorating the Civil War over the course of the sesquicentennial. Each month, new episodes cover pertinent topics that follow the monthly events and issues as they unfolded for African Americans during the Civil War. Within these episodes there are various primary sources – letters and diaries, newspaper reports, and more – to recount various experiences of blacks during this period. We encourage your feedback and commentary through our Voices of the Civil War blog, where you can view new and previous episodes at


Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Sundays at 5 pm
Get your groove on with our weekly hustle dance lessons taught by instructor Thomasenia Johnson of Two Left Feet.  Work your muscles, strengthen your bones and have a ball while supporting the Museum’s ongoing membership efforts – this activity is great for all ages!  Free for Members, $7 for non-members. Purchase 5 lessons and receive a complimentary museum membership, making your next 12 months of hustle lessons FREE!

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