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GM Foundation Grant of $50,000 Supports Literacy & Education in Detroit

Grant to Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History supports educational programming

DETROIT – The General Motors Foundation granted $50,000 to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History at the 'For the Love of Literacy' gala on Saturday, Sept. 8. The donation will be used to support the Museum’s educational programming and groundbreaking exhibits like the 'Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney' exhibit.

"Supporting education in the city of Detroit is a long-time priority of the General Motors Foundation, and the Charles H. Wright Museum's dedication to spreading knowledge within the community is one that we fully encourage," said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard.  "The Museum's tradition of hosting education-based exhibits serves as a platform for educating youth and their families in Detroit and surrounding areas."

As the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience, The Wright Museum provides unique learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs and events based on collections and research that explore the history and culture of African Americans and their African origins. The Foundation’s involvement with the Museum reinforces its commitment to enhancing the diverse cultural experiences in and around Detroit.

"Donations from organizations like the General Motors Foundation allow us to continually provide new learning experiences at the museum, which in turn makes us a destination for visitors near and far," said Juanita Moore, President and CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.  "Thanks to the support from these organizations, the museum is able to deepen its impact in the community, while attracting new audiences with exciting exhibits and programming."

A prime example of the importance of the Museum's work is the well-received and recently completed 'Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney' exhibit, on loan from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  Serving as the centerpiece of a summer-long literacy outreach effort, the exhibit celebrated artist Jerry Pinkney's 50–year career illustrating some of the most highly acclaimed children’s books of our time, and was visited by more than 25,000 people.

In addition to its support of The Wright Museum, the GM Foundation has been a long-time supporter of Detroit’s cultural institutions including: the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Music Hall, Detroit Opera Theater and Detroit Institute of Arts.

About the GM Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit
About the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Founded in 1965 and located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, 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 visit


Maria Mainville
GM Foundation & Corporate Reputation Communications