National Museum of African American History and Culture


Wright is the chairman emeritus of SENTEL Corp. and former chairman and CEO of Dimensions

International Inc. Wright was chairman of the Presidential Commission for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which led the effort that culminated in the 2003 Act of Congress establishing it as part of the Smithsonian Institution. He is a former trustee and vice chairman of the Morehouse School of Medicine and was a member of the Executive Leadership cabinet for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation. He is director emeritus of Aflac. He has a degree in optometry from the College of Optometry at the Ohio State University. The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established by an Act of Congress in 2003 making it the 19th museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Scheduled for completion in 2016, the museum broke ground in February 2012 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It is being built on a five-acre tract adjacent to the Washington Monument. While construction is moving forward, the museum is producing publications, hosting public programs and assembling collections.

It is presenting exhibitions at other museums across the country and at its own gallery at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. An array of interactive programs and educational resources is available on the museum’s website

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