A public memorial and viewing for Detroit native and the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, will take place at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on August 28, 2018.
Formally known as the International Afro-American Museum, the Charles H. Wright Museum is one of the first black museums established in the U.S. during the African American neighborhood/Black Museum Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. [photo source: thewright.org]
Businessman and philanthropist, Dr. William Packard, is sponsoring the first “Thank You Detroit” event which will take place this weekend, June 22nd – 24th.
Packard established himself as a McDonald’s franchisee 47-years ago, becoming one of the first African-Americans to do so. Packard is no stranger to philanthropy, having donated $1 million to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture and a host of other education and cultural institutions. This time, Packard will give back to a community he has called his home for nearly 50 years – Detroit.
The “Thank You Detroit” weekend includes an appreciation picnic for current and past employees of Pickard’s McDonald’s franchises; a black-tie gala featuring the Four Tops; and the awarding of two individual $1 million gifts to the Charles H. Wright Museum and the Motown Historical Museum expansion project.