MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

aka Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History   |   Detroit, MI   |  www.CharlesHWrightMuseum.org

Mission

Mission Statement: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History opens minds and changes lived through the exploration and celebration of African American History and Culture.   Vision Statement: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History strives to be a world-renowned history museum with outstanding collections and research used to produce innovative exhibits that celebrate significant events and accomplishments of African Americans.     Core Values:   Integrity: We will say what we do and do what we say   Respect:  The key to our success is to value the contribution of each employee in the pursuit of our mission   Communication: We will present our opinions, listen to others, and ask for clarification to reach a common understanding   Education: To educate our customers in a way that is meaningful to them, we will continue to enhance our knowledge of African American history and job competency   Teamwork: We are committed, individually and collectively to the Museum’s mission, and will work in a collaborative manner to ensure its accomplishment   Customer Commitment: We will provide our customers with an experience that exceeds their expectations   Stewardship: We will value, preserve and effectively manage the financial and non-financial assets that have been entrusted to our care

Ruling year info

1966

President & CEO

Mr. Neil Barclay

Main address

315 E Warren Ave

Detroit, MI 48201 United States

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Formerly known as

International Afro-American Museum

Afro-American Museum of Detroit

EIN

38-1882096

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

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African World Festival

Attracting tens of thousands of visitors, the Festival celebrated its 25th year in 2007 when Detroit’s own Vickie Winans joined the Blind Boys of Alabama, international recording artist Angelique Kidjo and R&B singer Charlie Wilson to provide blockbuster entertainment. More than 100,000 visitors enjoyed free entertainment, African and African American cuisine, and other attractions that helped mark a quarter of a century of celebrating the Diaspora.  Not to be outdone by the previous year’s festival, attendance at the August 2008 African American World Festival grew by 50 percent, to 150,000.  Festival-goers could learn a variety of new skills from belly dancing to the martial art of capoeira. As the nation's oldest and largest festival of its kind, the African World Festival is recognized as Detroit’s largest summer event.

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This exhibition brought together African American artwork housed in Detroit Collections.  Works by Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, Faith Ring-gold, Hale Woodruff, Loretta Oliver, Donald Calloway, Henry Heading, Robert Tomlin, Byron Hunter, Angela Sherman and Benny Andrews have been featured.   Media, styles and genres vary within each quarter's exhibition.  Detroiter Robert Tomlin created vignettes of the African American community in everyday settings using egg tempera, pencil and pastels, demonstrating his genius-like craftsmanship.

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Opening in November, 2009, this exhibition that was developed through the Museum's partnerships with National Geographic’s Genographic Project and the “Lucy: The Story of Human Kind” exhibitions will be the first of its kind.  Emphasizing our inescapable genetic interconnectedness, this exhibition will both offer the exhibition's guests the opportunity to discover their personal genetic journey as well as explore their place in the human mosaic!

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Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Breakfast & Celebration (January)
African American History Month (February)
Women's History Month (March)
Poetry & Spoken Word Month (April)
Ford Freedom Awards (May)
Malcom X Day (May)
Black Music Month Concert (June)
Grandparents Day (September)
Annual Meeting (December)
Noel Night (December)
Kwanzaa (December)
Living History Reenactments (Daily)
Target Free First Sundays (on-going)
Macy's Museum Adventure Pass (on-going)

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It is a new, cross-culturally engaging exhibition that tells of Joe Louis’ actions that unified all Americans and uplifted a people and a nation. This exhibition provides a historical role model for our kids.  The June 25, 1935, edition of the New York Times clearly stated Joe Louis' seven commandments: "...a God-fearing, Bible-reading, clean living young man, to be admired; regardless of race, color or creed.  He is neither a show-off nor a dummy. Modest, quiet, unassuming in his manner, he goes about his business, doing the best he can..."  The Museum continues to provide our kids with historical and living role models whom exemplify the values and virtues that can place them on the way to good choices and away from becoming a high school dropout or one of America's 7.1 million people under some form of correctional supervision.

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MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs Elizabeth (Betty) Brooks

Community Activist


Board co-chair

Rev. Robert Dulin

Metropolitan Church of God, Pastor (Retired)

Elizabeth "Betty" W. Brooks

Community Activist

Roderick Gillum

General Motors Corporation, Vice President - Corporate Responsibility & Diversity

Robert O. Dulin

Metropolitan Church of God, Pastor (Retired)

Edward J. Hannan

TouchStone Asset Management

Hiram Jackson

Real Times Media/Michigan Chronicle/Pittsburgh Courier/Chicago Defender, President & CEO

Dennis Archer

Archer Corporate Services, President/Partner

John E. Barfield

The Bartech Group, Chairman & President

Robert O. Bland

Lewis College of Business, Executive Vice President (Retired)

Darrell Burks

PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP, Senior Partner

Kieth Cockrell

Bank of America, Michigan Market President

Don Coleman

GlobalHue, Chairman & CEO

Robert A. Davis

Metro Region - Michigan Department of Transportation, Senior Advisor

Walter E. Douglas

Avis Ford, Chairman

Kala J. Gibson

Comerica Bank, Senior Vice President & Group Manager

Kelly Green

United Way SE Michigan, Vice President - Brand Identity & Communications

Ronald Hewitt

No Affiliation

Christopher Jackson

Jackson Consulting Group, LLC., Managing Partner

John James

James Group International, Chairman & CEO

Arthur Jefferson

Arthur Jefferson & Associates, President

William F. Jones

Focus:HOPE, Chief Executive Officer

Cylenthia LaToye Miller

36th District Court of Michigan, Judge

Sharon E. O'Niel

DTE Energy, Vice President - Information Technology

Ronald Reed

Pitney Bowes, Vice President - Customer Service

Ardis Robbins

JP Morgan Chase, Vice President - Telephone Banking

Jimmy Settles

International United Auto Workers, Vice President

Carolynn Walton

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Vice President & Treasurer

Lynn Weaver

Yazaki North America, Inc., Vice President - Human Resources