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Detroit delivers for Black History Month

The Redford Theater is featuring the movie “The Color Purple” on Friday, February 2nd for Black History Month. “The Color Purple” is a 1985 film directed by Steven Spielberg, the story follows the life of Celie Harris, a teenage african american girl who suffers abuse and rape from her father. Celie wants to leave her father with her younger sister Nettie. The film scored a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was ranked the number 1 PG-13 rated movie in 1985 when it was released, as well as being nominated and winning many Academy Awards. The Redford Theater is one of the oldest cinemas in Downtown Detroit, being around for more than 96 years.

The Charles H. Wright Museum in Downtown Detroit is hosting several events including a showing of the film Becoming Frederick Douglass on Feb 4, as well as Minga and the Broken Spoon on ____ and offering free admission on Feb 10 and 24. The Wright Museum is dedicated to the sharing, educating and engagement of history every month of the year. However, in February, we highlight the people, organizations, and overall shared experiences that have contributed to the advancement of not just African Americans, but Americans as one. The importance of Black History Month stems from the push from Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who established Black History Week in 1926, to acknowledge the contributions of African Americans to the United States. As we get closer to the 100th anniversary of its inception, the need for understanding is more prevalent than ever before, which is the museum’s goal.

The Cranbrook Art Museum focuses on a local community of artists in Detroit who developed exceptional skills in drawing and painting. The exhibition is co-created with local Detroit artist Mario Moore, who has created many acclaimed pieces of art that are sold internationally, and other Detroit artists. The focus of the exhibition is “Skilled Labor ”, or in other words experienced individuals who can complete complex physical and mental tasks with efficiency. The exhibition features a wide range of experiences and emotions through art. In total, 20 artists will be featured at the exhibition, these artists include Christopher Batten, Taurus Burns and Cydney Camp. The exhibition will be in the Cranbrook Art Museum from Jan. 29 through March 3 of this year.

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