Charles H. Wright Museum and SmithJackson Arts hosts a Celebration African Americans in the

Concert showcases the breadth of the artistic diaspora of African Americans through the diversity of genres from opera to jazz to classical music including Minister Louis Farrakhan
DETROIT - May 9, 2014 - PRLog -- It’s a tapestry of cultural expression.Internationally acclaimed Soprano Louise Toppin, violinist Minister Louis Farrakhan (, opera legend George Shirley, rising opera stars Kimwana Doner and Nick Davis plus other acclaimed musical artists will gather together under the roof of the Charles H.Wright Museum to present Tapestry: A Spiritual Odyssey on Sunday, May 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Keeping in line with The Charles H. Wright Museum’s mission to provide learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs and events that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans, The Wright is partnering with SmithJackson Arts.  The two organizations have united to raise awareness of African Americans in the performing and fine arts. This event will not only raise awareness to African Americans in the arts, but also raise funds for the Wright Museum and educational outreach programs. Tickets for the event are $125 and are available at

Tapestry: A Spiritual Odyssey will present a concert paying homage to legendary musician Sylvia Olden Lee, composer Adolphus Hailstork, and others, through music and song.  SmithJackson Arts, founded and headed by Versell Smith and John R. Jackson, created originally as a response to Haiti relief, promotes and presents under-represented artists in the fine arts fields, especially classical, jazz, Negro spiritual music genres and also dance and visual arts.

“It will be a spectacular concert that will showcase the diversity of musical backgrounds,” said Smith.  “The caliber of performers and the variety of genres alone is what will make this worth the price of the ticket - and it is wonderful that they’re donating their talent for this worthy cause.”

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Founded in 1965 and located at 315 East Warren Avenue, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. For more information please (

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