TPS Kids from MLK Academy for Boys “Expand” their Environment by Visiting the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit, MI

Special to The Truth

Dreaming of going to places outside your normal environment is often the activity of children. On May 7, kids from the fourth and fifth grade classes at the MLK Academy for Boys got a chance to leave Toledo and the state of Ohio to visit and tour the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI.

The Charles H. Wright Museum opened in 1966 with the mission of opening minds and changing lives by exploring and celebrating African American history and culture. The students who visited the museum got to see, hear, and touch the history of African Americans and the challenges and contributions that they have made to American History.

Dr. Charles H. Wright, a Detroit-based obstetrician and gynecologist, felt inspired to create a repository of African American history and culture in a space for celebration and remembrance to inspire generations of visitors.

To help support the dreams of the MLK Students, members of Omega Psi Phi, Xi Tau chapter, in Toledo, OH, chaperoned the kids to the museum while facilitating the donation of entry tickets and lunch for the kids. Richard Langford of the Xi Tau Chapter said, “As men of Omega, we want to support and nurture young African American men in any way we can. Exposing them to new educational experiences is one of those ways we hope to help them see beyond their normal environment and start to understand what is possible for their lives.”

Shelia Cook, Community Outreach & Resource Coordinator and Family Liaison at MLK Academy for Boys, said, “Thank you to Omega Psi Phi Xi Tau Chapter for being a part of our Men of Distinction Mentoring program at Martin Luther King Jr. Academy for Boys. They are doing a great job with our boys from our beginning of school Men of Distinction First Day of school event, to our Father’s Day event where they interact with our student’s fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and any man that is significant in our boys lives, and the Health Fair on the grounds of MLK.”

The students at MLK  broke for the summer in early June and can dream about where they want to go next school season.