There’s a special gala happening this weekend
They made Detroit proud with their nationally televised performances on “America’s Got Talent” and we all cheered them on after getting the golden buzzer. Now there’s another chance to show our support for the Detroit Youth Choir (DYC) in a big way as they celebrate 25 years of making a difference in the D through music.
Tuskegee Airmen inspire a new generation to soar to new heights
February is Black History Month and all month long we have been introducing you to some of the people who helped shape our history. Harry explained that the name “Tuskegee Airmen” came from an author in the late 1950′s who wanted to write about all the black airmen who fought in World War II. Mark was inspired to become an United States Air Force pilot by the constant visits the Tuskegee airmen made at his school throughout his childhood. Both airmen are a part of the Tuskegee Airmen Museum that is hosting a Career Fair on February 22nd. The event will allow adults and students to view Tuskegee Airmen artifacts and speak to veterans.
Charles H. Wright Museum to stream 7 Principles of Kwanzaa events
A view of the Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History in Detroit during a public visitation for Aretha Franklin on Aug. 28, 2018. (WDIV)DETROIT – Saturday is the first day of Kwanzaa -- a seven day holiday meant to honor the ancestral roots of African Americans. To celebrate, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will present the seven principles of Kwanzaa. The museum will stream songs, dances, stories, poetry and more every night at 7 p.m. through Jan. 1. The presentations will be live streamed on the museum’s official website here.
New interactive bike tour highlights Detroit landmarks in civil rights movement
DETROIT – A new interactive bike tour launched by the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office highlights some of the most historically significant sites during the civil rights movement in Detroit. The bike tour is part of a larger project to identify and document historically significant sites in Detroit relating to the 20th Century African American Civil Rights movement. The project is funded through an African American Civil Rights program grant by the National Park Service (NPS). “The places associated with the struggle for African American civil rights in the city of Detroit represent a particularly fragile class of resource. The bike tour will also be accessible from the SHPO’s website for the civil rights project.
New exhibit at Charles H. Wright Museum showcases the fight, history behind voting rights
The exhibit showcases a timeline of the right and the fight to vote, spanning centuries. RELATED: Housing discrimination in Detroit: An example of systemic racism“It is an inter generational activity,” said museum educator Yolanda Jack. The exhibit ends with the fight over the electoral college, gerrymandering and voter suppression still happening today. “I do think that there are people who are trying to make sure there are some people in the world who can’t vote,” Jack said. Voting Matters runs through the spring.
The Wright to host Women in Hip Hop Showcase with Charity, Aisha Ellis, DJ Problematic Black Hottie, and more
Tatiana StephensProblematic Black Hottie. Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, Lil Kim, Nicki, Cardi, and Megan Thee Stallion all women who shaped hip-hop and continue to push it real good (and to the limit) in a field that is still a boys club. (Just peep the 2020 Grammy nominations for best rap record..)March is Womens History Month, and the Charles H. Wright Museum is kicking it off in an epic way. The Women in Hip Hop Showcase will welcome performers Frankie P, Sanaa Su, Ellie Sandiego, Ayana Love, YAP Dance Team, Charity, and DJ Problematic Black Hottie, as well as the all-female Women of Hip-Hop Band led by Aisha Ellis, Libby Palackdharry, Jay Saenz, and Kresge Award-winning jazz pianist Pamela Wise. The event will also host a film screening and a discussion by We Found Hip Hop co-founders Piper Carter and Nina Payne.metrotimes.com
Celebrating Black History Month At The Charles H. Wright Museum
Detroit (CBS Detroit) The Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit connects visitors of all backgrounds with the stories of resilience, ingenuity, and courage that define the African-American experience. The museum offers engaging workshops developed for children from preschool to high school. Were excited about Black History Month, says Director of External Affairs Edward Foxworth III. But always about the African and African American culture.Here at the museum is the gathering and organizing and presenting of history, art and culture, says Chatman. But more than just collecting the art, she likes to share the art that she has collected with the community.Black History Month means connection for the museum, explains Museum Educator Jonathan Jones.detroit.cbslocal.com
Charles H. Wright Museum Celebrates Black History Month With New Exhibit, Workshops
DETROIT, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) In celebration of Black History Month, the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit is offering plenty of activities for the entire family, as well as a new exhibit. From school children, all the way through corporations, everyone has had a connection to this institution in some way, said Charles H. Wright Museum Educator, Jonathan Jones. For nearly 20 years, the museum held the title of the largest African American cultural museum in the world. It focuses on what it means to be a black woman in terms of strength, in terms of beauty, in terms of agency and in terms of integrity, said Jones. The museum will also offer a variety of workshops to celebrate Black History Month.detroit.cbslocal.com
A night of masquerade to support the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
The Charles H Wright Museum is one of the largest African American museums in the nation, and now you can support all they do in the community by attending the at The Wright Gala Masquerade Ball. Chef Mandell Crawford from A Touch of Class Catering will be serving various meals that include lamb chops, salmon, carved beef tenderloin, dessert, and a potato bar. He will also serve vegan and vegetarian meals and sides. Ed Foxworth, Director of External Affairs says The Wright Gala is the premier fundraiser for education, literacy and public programs at the Charles H. Wright Museum. The Wright Gala is on Saturday, October 5, at 6 p.m. You can purchase tickets online.
8/11/19: American Black Journal Remembering Toni Morrison / Trinity International Film Festival / African World Festival
On the next American Black Journal,Independent filmmakers from around the world are gathering in Detroit for the 13th annual Trinity International Film Festival. Stephen talks with the director of the festival and three of the filmmakers whose works are being screened. Plus, more than 150,000 people are expected to attend this years free African World Festival on the grounds of Detroits Charles H. Wright Museum. And, well remember legendary writer Toni Morrison.detroitpbs.org