The year 2013 has given movie lovers and African American history enthusiasts alike, quite a selection of films depicting the painful past that the African American race endured and fought through to become what they are today. So far the story of Jackie Robinson was brought to the big screen this past summer, Lee Daniels’ The Butler delighted audiences in August, and most recently 12 Years A Slave has the African American community in utter shock as if this film was their first history lesson in the atrocity that was the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Each film listed is both as educational as it is entertaining, but it is a well known fact that a movie viewing at the theater is no cheap outing.
Lucky for history buffs who are interested in saving a dollar, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History offers FREE admission sponsored by Charter One Bank every second Sunday of the month. The public can walk the halls of the world’s largest permanent exhibit on African American history for zero dollars from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. On this upcoming second Sunday of the month, visitors can indulge in a film, lecture, and project premiere titled “The Underground Railroad and Legacy of Black Resistance.” This event will feature Hari Jones who is the curator of the National African American Civil War Museum of Washington D.C. The Charles H. Wright Museum is located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Detroit, MI.