n honor of Women's History Month, The Wright Museum will pay homage to six extraordinary Detroit women through a spoken word and singing tribute.
Hosted by La Shaun phoenix Moore
Featuring performances by:
La Shaun phoenix Moore
Whitney Syphax Walker
Scheherazade Washington Parrish
Free and open to the public. For more information call (313) 494-5800.
Attendees will be encouraged to share their stories about these remarkable women:
Margaret Ward (1918 - 2007)
A journalist, archivist, and founder of the Fred Hart Genealogical Society, Margaret Ward dedicated her life to collecting and documenting African American history and culture. She was active in many cultural and civic organizations. At the request of Dr. Charles H. Wright, she served as the Museum's librarian and archivist for more than 11 years. The Museum's Rare Book Room is named in her honor.
Esther Gordy Edwards (1920 - 2011)
Vice president and CEO of Motown Records, Esther Gordy Edwards also employed her skills and high standards to help develop the careers of artists such as Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and Marvin Gaye. She also founded the Motown Historical Museum in Hitsville USA, the Company's original building.
Catherine Blackwell (1920 - 2014)
An educator, advocate for civil rights, and pioneer in the field of African and African American studies, Blackwell worked to ensure that black studies were added to the Detroit Public School curriculum. Blackwell traveled to Africa 65 times and visited 41 different countries. During her travels, she attained many African artifacts and developed into an extraordinary collection. She is well known as a great storyteller, especially among her students. The Catherine C. Blackwell Institute is named in her honor.
Rachel (Boone) Keith, M.D. (1924 - 2007)
A physician and pioneer for women in medicine, Dr. Rachel Boone Keith was also a respected member of local and national medical societies. She lent her support as a member and board member of many local and national civic organizations.
Martha Jean (The Queen) Steinberg (1929 - 2000)
Radio pioneer, minister, and entrepreneur, Martha Jean Steinberg became one of the first female disc jockeys in the United States. She purchased the former WJLB radio station, and changed it to WQBH where she played gospel music. Steinberg gained wide acclaim for her efforts in using her voice on the radio to calm down Detroiters during the 1967 Rebellion.
Bishop Nkenge Mayimuna Olufunka Abi (1952 - 2014)
Shrine of the Black Madonna Minister and Cultural Center Manager, political activist, and cultural historian. Bishop Abi was a community servant. She provided cultural programs to groups such as the Links, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Detroit Public School teachers and hundreds more. She also served as Past President of the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers.