You could spend an entire day browsing the exhibits at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History — and it still may not be enough. It’s the world’s largest institution focused solely on the African American experience, and a hub of enlightenment in midtown Detroit.
A variety of limited-time-only exhibits mean you’ll learn something new with every trip. Plus, with a lineup of interesting events, film series and lectures, there’s always something new. If you haven’t checked it out lately, you’ll want to plan a trip soon. If you’ve never been to the museum before — schedule a trip even sooner.
There are still three months left in the exhibit “Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast Brazil.” Open until Jan. 5, it offers a comprehensive look at the cultural traditions of the South American country and how it has evolved throughout 500 years. An estimated 5 million Africans were brought to Brazil during the 16th through 19th centuries as slaves — nearly 10 times the number brought to the United States. Photos, video footage and nearly 200 works of art make up the exhibit.
Another limited-engagement exhibit on display at the museum focuses on the career and achievements of a former executive at The Coca-Cola Company who is now the volunteer national chair of the National Council of Negro Women. “Ingrid Saunders Jones: 31 Years of Distinguished Service… and Counting” is open until March 31.