DETROIT, MICHIGAN – March 20, 2006: The Charles H. Wright Museum announced plans to hold a kick-off rally for the Super Sellers program on Saturday, April 1, 2006, from 10 A.M. to 12 Noon, in the Museum’s Multi-purpose Room.  The rally, hosted by the Museum’s Membership Subcommittee, is expected to attract more than 100 volunteers. 


The Super Sellers will be charged with soliciting Museum memberships through the end of June 2006 in order to meet the requirements of a $500,000 Kresge Foundation challenge grant. Under the terms of the grant, the Museum must achieve one goal to receive the Kresge funding: Reach 20,000 dues-paying members by June 30, 2006.


“The Museum has been presented with a great opportunity in the form of this half-million dollar challenge grant by the Kresge Foundation,” said Tyrone Davenport, the Charles H. Wright Museum’s acting CEO.  “To meet the challenge,” he said, “we are asking all former Museum supporters to renew their memberships immediately and anyone who isn’t currently a member, to sign-up as soon as possible.”


Staff and volunteers are working night and day on a variety of programs and activities to reach the membership goal by the Kresge deadline. “We all believe it can be done,” Davenport added.

In addition to other activities, the Museum’s Membership Subcommittee is actively recruiting volunteers for the Super Sellers campaign.  As the foundation of the Museum’s direct solicitation campaign, Super Sellers will commit to personally recruiting a certain number of new members by the Kresge Challenge deadline. Each Super Seller sets his or her own recruitment goal. The Membership Subcommittee has established a goal of bringing in 10,000 new members through this campaign.


Super Sellers will be given sales incentives and awards for outstanding performance, as well.  Super Sellers will tap into their personal recruitment pools to achieve their individual objectives. The team will meet monthly through the end of June, starting with the rally on Saturday, April 1, from 10 A. M. to 12 Noon, at the Museum.  



The rally will feature a brief program and provide important information about the benefits of Museum membership and the Museum’s exhibitions and programs. A special Super Sellers resource kit will be distributed at the rally as well.  Potential Super Sellers should register for the rally by calling Peggy Cannon at (313) 494-5830.


Roderick Gillum, Museum Board Chairman, added, “We believe that by generating enthusiasm among the Museum’s grassroots supporters throughout the community we will be successful in attaining our overall goal and receiving this grant the Kresge Foundation is so generously making available to us.”


To secure a membership to the Charles H. Wright Museum today, visit the web site at or call the Museum’s membership department at (313) 494-5827.


The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, located at 315 East Warren Avenue, in Detroit’s Cultural Center is open Tuesday – Thursday,

9:30 A.M. – 3 P.M., Friday and Saturday, 9:30 A.M. – 5 PM., Sunday 1 – 5 P.M. and closed on Monday. Admission is $8.00 for adults (ages 13-61) and $5.00 for seniors (ages 62+) and $5.00 for children (ages 3-12). Museum members and children under three are admitted free. Call (313) 494-5800 for general information.