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The Wright Museum hosts Malcolm X Day

Event includes exhibit of Malcolm X artifacts, presentations by notable authors 

DETROIT — The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will host a keynote program honoring famed human right leader, orator, organizer and freedom-fighter El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, more widely known as Malcolm X, on May 19 from 3-5 p.m. at the Museum, located at 315 E. Warren Ave., in Midtown Detroit. Also on display will be special, one-day exhibit of Malcolm X’s archived writings, letters and artifacts from the Museum’s collections.

“Of all the cities that lay claim to Malcolm X, Detroit has a seminal place,” said Herb Boyd, author, activist and former Detroiter. “It was in Detroit where he began his liberated odyssey with the Nation of Islam. No matter where he journeyed, Malcolm always had a deep and abiding love for this city and the city never failed to return that love and devotion. And for a city-wide salute to Malcolm on his birthday, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, with its collection of memorabilia on Malcolm, is the perfect venue for such an occasion.”

The keynote program will feature presentations by Herb Boyd and Dr. Haki Madhubuti, both noted activists, educators and editors of the recent book, “By Any Means Necessary — Malcolm X: Real, Not Reinvented,” as well as performances by the Amen Ra Drummers, saxophonist Tony Holland and jessica Care moore. The program will also include a question and answer session and book signing; a portion of the day’s book sales will be donated to The Wright Museum. The one-day exhibition will feature original works of art by Detroit artist Charles Ezra Ferrell and a work from the Robert Smith Collection.

The Malcolm X Day program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 313.494.5800 or visit


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