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Noel Night

Left to right: Antonio Clark, Solena Lewis, Quintin Clark, Christian Clark and Braylin Woodruff celebrated Noel Night Dec. 1 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. PUAKEA OLAISHA ANDERSON PHOTO

CWMAAH does Noel Night

By Puakea Olaisha Anderson
Special to the Michigan Citizen

DETROIT — The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History hosted its 40th annual Noel Night celebration  Dec. 1, with over 80 participating venues.

The event was free and open to the public. The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Public Library and Zeta Phi Beta sorority were among the many participants.

Families enjoyed horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, arts and crafts, and performances from over 200 local, national and international performing artists.

Hotsauce was a featured group and a favorite of the children that night. Hotsauce performed for the families inside the theater.

“I saw Hotsauce today and they were good,” said Kamau Perkins, 10. “I also played the Xbox 360 and got some clothes.”

Zeta Phi Beta members worked with the kids on art projects.

“I made puzzles and saw Santa Claus today. And I made a snowman,” said Kamareon Cajar of Detroit.

“We come every year to do arts and crafts for the public,” said Renee Jarmon of Zeta Phi Beta. “It’s a part of our donation. We do about 500 crafts with the kids.  When they finish their craft, they get a free storybook, candy cane and a prize.”

Detroit came out in large numbers to show their appreciation for all the festivities. Selena Lewis of Detroit has been coming to Noel Night at the Charles H. Wright Museum for the past two years and brings her whole family.

“We do this every year,” says Lewis. “I have a new grandson so I brought him and the rest of my grandkids out. We love Christmas; we love Detroit and Noel Night. I saw a lot of people working together. I saw a lot of pride, joy and Detroit — this is what it’s all about.”

For more information about the Charles H. Wright Museum and upcoming events, call 313.494.5800.

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