Detroit Branch NAACP Presents Shop Detroit 2015



The Detroit Branch NAACP’s Shop Detroit campaign encourages support of Detroit based businesses during the holiday season.  The campaign will kick-off on
Saturday, November 28 at 1917 American Bistro located at 19476 Livernois Avenue in the City’s historic Avenue of Fashions.  On Saturday, December 5 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., shoppers will be encouraged to visit vendors participating in the 22nd Annual Holiday Christmas Bazaar that will be held at Fellowship Chapel located at 7707 W. Outer Drive.  Additionally, during the Shop Detroit campaign, the Detroit Branch NAACP will feature local businesses and special promotions on their social media pages and website.  The Detroit Branch NAACP’s Shop Detroit campaign is done in partnership with the City of Detroit and their recent release of “Dream It. Do. It. Detroit,” a neighborhood small business directory.

The Detroit Branch NAACP first began its efforts to increase in-store traffic for Black-owned and Detroit based business in 1988.  “The Buy Black, Buy Detroit” Campaign provided a retail shop and services guide to assist holiday shoppers.  Now known as “Shop Detroit” the campaign is very much alive covering the entire City of Detroit.


Detroit NAACP Youth Council Open House and ACT-SO Kick-Off

Detroit NAACP Youth Council Open House(1)Join the Detroit NAACP Youth Council for their Open House to learn about the great opportunities and programming offered by the Youth Council. It will be an afternoon filled with food and fun! The Detroit Branch NAACP and Detroit NAACP Youth Council will also kick-off their 2016 ACT-SO season (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics) with details about the upcoming local competitions.

The Open House is free and open to the public. The Detroit NAACP Youth Council asks for all attendees to bring a can good to help with their can food drive collection.

Saturday, November 21, 2015
1:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.
Detroit Branch NAACP
8220 Second Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202

For more information please call (313) 871-2087.

A Pope For Such A Time As This

“The visit of Pope Francis to the United States of America is indeed invigorating and historically significant during these most critical times. I listened with great interest as I sat next to the Dean of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Honorable John Conyers, Jr., on the South Lawn of the White House. I could not help but notice Whites, Blacks, Asians, Native Americans, Latinos, persons of all faiths Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives, and Liberals many who often (verbally), violently disagree with each other, all listening to both President Barack Obama and Pope Francis. The two have turned the negative tide of historical correctness back to a place where it rightfully belongs, away from people of goodwill. As I witnessed a Pope from a non-European country and the first African American President together on the South Lawn of the white house, it just reminded me of the awesome power of God.”

Click the link, Detroit Branch NAACP Official Press Statement — Visit from Pope Francis, to read the statement given by Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, in its entirety.

Detroit Branch NAACP Leads the Way During the NAACP’s America’s Journey for Justice Advocacy Day


On Wednesday, September 16 the Detroit Branch NAACP participated in the America’s Journey for Justice Legislative Advocacy Day in our Nation’s Capitol.  The day began with a rally at Upper Senate Park to culminate the 1,000 mile march that the NAACP began on August 1 in Selma, Alabama.  Upon conclusion of the rally the Detroit Branch NAACP delegation met with U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters;  U.S. House of Representatives members Brenda Lawrence and John Conyers Jr.; National NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock, NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks and NAACP Washington Bureau Director Hilary O. Shelton.  Congresswoman Lawrence provided lunch for the Detroit Branch NAACP delegation.

Additionally, during the Legislative Advocacy Day several issue briefs were presented. NAACP members across the country are asked to seek support for these pieces of legislation from their respective members in Congress.  The proposed pieces of legislation are:

Detroit Branch NAACP would like to thank UAW Ford for serving as a sponsor for our Journey for Justice.

Get on the Bus with Us: America’s Journey For Justice


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Join the Detroit Branch NAACP as we support America’s Journey for Justice!

From August 1 to September 16, America’s Journey for Justice – an historic 860 mile march from Selma, Alabama to Washington D.C. – will mobilize activists and advance a focused national advocacy agenda that protects the rights of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education.

This trip is FREE although space is limited and registration is required! For more information or to RSVP please call (313) 871-2087.  

Click the link below to learn about America’s Journey for Justice

Detroit Branch NAACP Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act


The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference today, Thursday,
August 6, 2015, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA).  Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP was joined by Congressman John Conyers, Jr; Duron Marshall, Chief of Staff, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence; Samia Hamid, Field Director, Arab American Civil Rights League; Mary Carmen Munoz, Operations Manager, La SED; Stephanie Lopez Gilmore, Consortium of Hispanic Agencies; Michael Steinberg, Legal Director, ACLU Michigan and Yvonne White, President, Michigan State Conference NAACP to champion the VRA.

Click the links below to read the joint press statement and the remarks given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Anthony during the commemoration.


Official Statement_50th anniversary Voting Rights Act


Detroit Branch NAACP’s B.R.I.D.G.E.S Program is Underway

Bridges - digital 2The Detroit Branch NAACP’s B.R.I.D.G.E.S program provides an opportunity for open recreation and professional development workshops centered around career readiness, financial literacy, civic engagement and healthy active lifestyles. The B.R.I.D.G.E.S program is for young people between the ages of 14-24 who are either City of Detroit residents or DPS students.

Open Gym
Monday — Thursday
3:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
until August 13, 2015
King High School
3200 E. Lafayette St.
Detroit, MI 48207
Communication & Media Arts High School
14771 Mansfield
Detroit, MI 48227

Professional Development Workshops
Fridays (July 24, July 31, August 7, August 14, August 21)
11:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
Detroit Branch NAACP
8220 Second Avenue
Detroit MI 48202

For more information please call (313) 664-2406.

2015 Summer Speakers Series Session 2: Men Breaking Barriers

IMG_3071The 2015 Summer Speakers Series is an opportunity for young professionals to be exposed to individuals who are pioneers in their field, and engage in meaningful conversation in an intimate space.  Speakers will share career advice, industry knowledge , and their personal story of how they have been successful.

Session 2
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
6:00 p.m.
Detroit Branch NAACP
8220 Second Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202

Marvin Beatty

Vice President of Public Affairs, Greektown Casino
Partner, Brush Park Development

George Barnes
President & CEO
Heritage Optical & Heritage Vision Plans

Leon C. Richardson
President & CEO
ChemicoMays, LLC

Refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP your attendance to Kamilia Landrum at

Official Press Statement — One Nation Indivisible With Liberty and Justice For All

Please see the official press statement from the Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, regarding the removal of the Confederate flag from
Columbia, South Carolina.

Official Statement_Removal of Confederate Flag