The Wright Museum’s Most Popular Day of the Year Features Wide Array of Activities
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History presents the 12th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Breakfast on Monday, January 16, 2012 beginning at 8 am.
The breakfast sets the stage for a full day of activities honoring Dr. King and his legacy at The Wright Museum, located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, on its most popular day of the year.
Hosted by the Women’s Committee of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the breakfast, an annual fundraiser for the Museum and its educational programming, features keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Georgia Hill of Plymouth United Church of Christ, and performances by singer Armond and the Institute of Music and Dance at Marygrove College. Tickets for the breakfast are $35 and can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com, by calling (800) 838-3006, or at the Museum during normal business hours. Discounted group tickets are available for $30 each if purchased in groups of 10; please call or visit the Museum for group discounts. Doors open at 7 am and breakfast will be served promptly at 8 am in the Museum’s Ford Freedom Rotunda. Valet parking will not be available.
The Wright Museum opens to the public at 9 am with a full day of activities on its busiest day of the year, during which it remains open until 7 pm. The day’s schedule includes:
- 9 am: Museum opens to the general public
- 11 am – 3 pm: Freedom On My Mind children’s workshops
- 12 pm: World premiere of The Voices of the Civil War video series
- 12:30 pm & 5 pm: A King Among Us video tribute to Dr. King & facilitated discussion
- 1 pm – 6pm: Free health screenings sponsored by the African American Physicians Group
- 1:30 pm & 3 pm: Music of the Movement concert featuring Armond with Sandra Feva Dance
- 2 pm: This Little Light of Mine children’s storytelling
Additionally, visitors will meet reenactment actors portraying participants of the Civil Rights Movement; see the Table of Brotherhood, signed by luminaries such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Spike Lee; and view an official maquette (scale model) of the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit the Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts exhibition on its last day in Detroit before continuing its national tour, as well as see the Museum’s newest exhibit, Moving to His Own Beat – Fela: The Man, The Movement, The Music, created in partnership with the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts to prelude the arrival of the off-Broadway smash musical, Fela!, this February.
MLK Day activities and exhibits are free with museum admission, which is $8 for adults (ages 13-61), $5 for seniors (62+) and youth ages (3-12), and free for Museum members and children under 3.
Founded in 1965 and located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. For more information, please visit www.TheWright.org.