Awardees Announced For 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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The 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner is rapidly approaching. We look forward to a powerful and historic presentation from keynote speaker, the Honorable Senator Cory A. Booker of New Jersey.

The theme for this year is WE CAN’T REST NOW, THE STAKES ARE TOO HIGH! We see confusion occurring at the national level from the administration currently in the White House regarding voting rights, income inequality, gun violence, and the recent bombs dropping in Syria. As we continue to witness the investigation into the Russian interference in the national elections, none of us have the luxury of resting from our civic responsibilities.

Click the link to read the press release in it’s entirety — Press Release — Awardees Announced for 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

United States Senator Cory Booker Announced as the Keynote Speaker for the 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference to announce United States Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) as the Keynote Speaker for the 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.  The Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the Cobo Conference Center in Detroit.  Click the link Official Press Release – Cory Booker to Serve as Keynote Speaker for the 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner to read the press statement given by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP during the press event.

To purchase tickets, tables or sponorships please call 313-871-2087 or click this link 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Tickets, Tables and Sponsorships.

Official Press Statement — Being Black is Not A Crime!

The following press statement was issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the shooting of Brennan Walker.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 DETROIT – 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. diagnosed for the nation its most dangerous and deadly spiritual ulcer. Yet today, there are still too many in our communities who have failed to heed his prescription to see our character because they are too blinded by our color.

America still suffers from an illness rooted in an assumption fueled by a false perception and sustained by our racial condition. The recent shooting at 14-year old Brennan Walker, at a home in Rochester Hills, while simply trying to find his way to school, by a white homeowner, is another case-in-point. According to young Mr. Walker, after he knocked on the door for directions, he stepped back, a lady came to the door and started yelling, “Why are you trying to break into my house?” He indicated he was simply asking for directions. Herein lies the assumption. He is a black youth, at a white door, in a suburban neighborhood, therefore he must be trying to break in. Immediate reaction: grab your gun, shoot first, ask questions later.

Click here to read the statement in it’s entirety —
Press Statement — Being Black Is Not A Crime

Synergy: A Networking Experience

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Synergy: A Networking Experience is an exclusive and cost free gathering hosted by the Detroit Branch NAACP to support our Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. This year the event will be hosted on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 6:30 PM – 9PM at PV Lounge located at 1435 Randolph St. in downtown Detroit.

This years host committee includes leaders of the Detroit Professional network including the Detroit Branch NAACP Young Adult Committee, New Leaders Council Detroit, The Massive Group, LAH Strategies, Posh PR & Events, The Freedom Institute and Mr. Kenny Valentino. We are excited to bring together many of Detroit’s movers and shakers and connect them back to Detroit Branch NAACP through this social and engaging event.

At Synergy there will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres, music, great people, and a special ticket package offer to attend the 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. This package will only be available during the event for onsite purchases. This dinner is our largest fundraiser and supports our operations throughout the year, in particular, our youth and education initiatives and social justice advocacy work.

Click the link below to RSVP!

Synergy — A Networking Experience

Detroit Branch NAACP Remembers Winnie Mandela

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Detroit Branch President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony issued the following statement in regards to the recent death of Winnie Mandela.

“The passing of Winnie Mandela marks a significant point in the life of those who sacrificed so much to obtain justice, freedom, and dignity. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, known as “Nomzamo” (the mother of the nation), was the reason that many of us in the west were well acquainted with Nelson Mandela. For 27 years, from 1963- 1990, while Nelson Mandela was in prison, it was Winnie Mandela who was the face of the Anti- Apartheid Movement.”

Click the link, Official Press Statement — The Detroit Branch NAACP Remembers Winnie Mandela, to read the statement in its entirety.

Official Press Statement — Donald Trump How to Make America Hate Again!

The following press statement was given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony.

DETROIT– It will take more than a presidential proclamation creating a historic park for Martin Luther King Jr. to bring to an end the divisive, hateful, and racist rants of America’s 45th president. For the president to use the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a smoke screen to camouflage his own vicious and vile racism, does a disservice to the one known as the Drum Major for Peace and Justice.

Trump said, in proclaiming the nations newest park, “Today we celebrate Dr. King, for standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear: that no matter the color of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God.” Yet, in his remarks identifying persons from Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as coming from “shithole countries” only 24 hours earlier, it clearly demonstrates the innate contradictions residing deep within the spirit of this president.

Often in the law enforcement community, in order to determine whether or not an individual has a propensity for certain types of behavior, they look for a pattern. In identifying Donald Trump as a racist (one who uses prejudices plus power), the pattern has long been established. Let us review some of his history.

Please click the link Official Press Statement – Donald Trump How to Make America Hate Again to read the statement in its entirety.  

National Commission for Voter Justice Listening Session

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Please join us on Saturday, January 27, from 1-5 p.m., as we partner with the National Commission for Voter Justice, for an important listening session on voting in Michigan.  We want to hear from you! Come and share your experiences.

This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is encouraged.  Click here NCVJ Detroit Listening Session to register.

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Every Citizen is Entitled to Due Process, Including Congressman John Conyers, Jr.!

The following press statement was given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony during a press conference and rally held for Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
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DETROIT — One of the distinct differences between our nation, the United States of America, and many others is a system called Due Process. We are a nation of laws, with a constitution that has been modeled by many across the globe. It is with that understanding that we are here to call for Due Process for every citizen of America, which also includes Congressman John Conyers, Jr.

What is Due ProcessDue Process is the legal requirement that the state must respect all legal rights that is owed to a person. Due Process balances the power of law of the land and protects the individual person from it. When a government harms a person without following the exact course of the law, this constitutes a Due Process violation, which offends the rule of law. The 5th and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution, each contains a Due Process clause. Due Process deals with the administration of justice, and thus the Due Process clause acts as a safe guard against arbitrary denial of life, liberty, or property by the government, outside the sanction of law.

The phrase Due Process, in case you are not aware, first appeared in the statutory rendition of the Magna Carta in 1354. With that historic background, and the knowledge of a belief that everyone is entitled to Due Process, why are we subverting one of the very pillars upon which this nation is founded, on the back of a man who has served this nation for 53 ½ years? We are not here because we do not respect, love, and appreciate women or men. We have daughters’, wives’, sisters’, and mothers’. Yet, we do call for fairness.

Please click the link Official Press Statement – Every Citizen is Entitled to Due Process, Including Congressman Conyers to read the statement in its entirety.