Join WJLB in celebrating Black History month by visiting the Wright Museum! Check out these awesome events in the month of February:
The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery ($)
Thursday, February 1 at 6:30 PM
Author & Columnist Rochelle Riley discusses her acclaimed book, The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery with Nikole Hannah-Jones, MacArthur Fellow & Investigative Journalist & Leonard Pitts, Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist. | $25 - Tickets in advance | $35 - Tickets at the door | Ticket purchase grants access to the discussion, reception and a copy of Riley's book.
The Complete Muhammad Ali with Author & MacArthur Genius Ishmael Reed
Saturday, February 3 at 2 PM
Author, Editor, Publisher & MacArthur Fellow Ishmael Reed discusses The Complete Muhammad Ali and provides insight into the iconic and powerful life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. Join the conversation with Ishmael Reed. | Book Signing.
GBI | Envisioning Strategies for Advancing the Poor People's Campaign
Sunday, February 4 at 2 PM
Take advantage of this FREE educational series as we learn with the General Baker Institute. Join facilitators Claudia De La Cruz, Daniel Jones & Stephanie Weatherbee as they present strategies for advancing the Poor People's Campaign.
The Black History of the White House
Thursday, February 8 at 6 PM
Speaker, Activist & Author Clarence Lusane, Ph.D., Chair & Professor of Political Science, Howard University. Gain insight into African-Americans role and contributions to the making of the White House. | Book Signing
Reflections: A Pictorial History of African Americans with Author Terrence A. Reese
Saturday, February 10 at 2 PM
Join award-winning photographer and writer Terrence A. Reese as he discusses his new photography book entitled, Reflections which includes portraits of over sixty influential African-Americans in their private spaces. | Book Signing
Bob Marley's 73rd Birthday Reggae Party Concert featuring Ras Kente & The Take No Prisoners Posse ($)
Saturday, February 10 at 6 PM
Ras Kente & The Take No Prisoners Posse celebrate the life and 73rd birthday of the legendary and revolutionary reggae master Bob Marley.
7th Annual Dilla Youth Day (Free)
Sunday, February 11 at 1 PM
Celebrate the life and legacy of the African American musical producer J. Dilla who was integral in creating Neo-soul and revolutionized the sound of 90s hip hop. Explore S.T.E.A.M. subjects while discovering the dynamic world of hip hop through hands-on activities during this music-filled, youth-focused day.
If There is No Struggle, There is No Progress: Bicentennial Birthday Celebration of Frederick Douglass
Tuesday, February 13 at 6 PM
Come celebrate the Bicentennial Birthday of Frederick Douglass with Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Ph.D. Profesor, African-American Studies at the City College of New York & Dr. Jocelyn Imani, Ph.D., Former Public Historian at Frederick Douglass National Historic Site & Curatorial Assistant at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
I, Too, Sing America: A Tribute to African American Artists and Athletes | In Partnership with Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT)
Thursday, February 15 at 7 PM
An updated production of MOT's "I, Too, Sing America", a lecture-recital performance illustrating the contributions of African Americans to classical music and sports.
GBI | History of Welfare Rights Movement with Marian Kramer
Sunday, February 18 at 2 PM
Take advantage of the FREE weekly political education series facilitated by the General Baker Institute. Marian Kramer will discuss the history of the Welfare Rights Movement.
American Prophet: The Inner Life & Global Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wednesday, February 21 at 6 PM
Join Dr. Clayborne Carson, Ph.D., Professor of History at Stanford University, Director of the Martin Luther King Jr., Research and Education Institute and editor of The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., as he explores inner life and global vision of this great human rights icon. | Book Signing
Black Literacy Forum #5 with David Rambeau
Thursday, February 22 at 6 PM
Join David Rambeau, Executive Producer of Project B.A.I.T. (Black Awareness in Television) and panlists for the fifth installment of Black Literacy Forum series.
LFS | King of Stage: The Woodie King, Jr. Story
Saturday, February 24 at 2 PM
Enjoy the biographical documentary, King of Stage: The Woodie King, Jr. Story, the story of legendary award-winning theater producer Woodie King Jr. followed by conversations between Woodie King, Jr., Bill Harris, Kresge Eminent Artist , Aku Kagodo, Chair of the Department of Theater & Performance, Spelman College & Ron Himes, Founder & Producing Director of the Saint Louis Black Repertory Company.
GBI | Contemporary Welfare Rights Organizing with Maureen Taylor
Sunday, February 25 at 2 PM
Enhance your knowledge of political movements by joining Maureen Taylor, Chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, as she explores contemporary welfare rights organizing.
How to Expunge a Criminal Record
Wednesday, February 28 at 6 PM
Learn how to increase employment and financial opportunities by expunging your or a loved ones criminal record with the shared knowledge and expertise of Judge Deborah Thomas & Attorney Maya K. Watson.