The Michigan House Must Act to Support the Detroit Public School System Now!

Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony issued a press statement urging immediate action by the Michigan House of Representatives to support Detroit Public Schools.

“It is indeed unfortunate that we find ourselves once again at the threshold of deciding whether or not we will work to sustain the future of our children. The question before us is one of preserving the posterity of our state and nation, or whether or not we will allow them to continue to twist in the winds of uncertainty and insecurity.”

Please click the link Press Statement — The Michigan House Must Act Now to Support the Detroit Public School System Now to read the press statement in its entirety.

Detroit Branch NAACP Announces Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the Keynote Speaker for the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference on Monday, April 11 to announce the Keynote Speaker and Awardees for the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.  Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was announced as the Keynote Speaker.  In addition to announcing Secretary Clinton the following awardees were also announced:

2016 James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Awardee
Honorable James Clyburn
Congressman, United States House of Representatives (D-SC)

2016 Ida B. Wells Freedom and Justice Awardee
Ivy Bailey
President, Detroit Federation of Teachers

2016 Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Awardee
Honorable Goeff Hansen
Michigan State Senator (34th District)

2016 Great Expectations Awardees

  • Shaka Senghor
    Author, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison
  • Honorable Mary Sheffield
    Councilwoman, City of Detroit

Please click the link 61st Annual FFFFD Keynote and Awardees Announcement to read the official press statement given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony.NAACP-3

Tickets Are Available Now for the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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Purchase your tickets today for the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner, which will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Cobo Conference Center.  Stay tuned for upcoming exciting announcements on this year’s Keynote Speaker and Awardees.

NAACP “Day of Action” at the Michigan State Capitol

Please join us in Lansing on Wednesday, March 23 for a “Day of Action,” in support of the residents of Flint as we demand new pipes and clean water NOW!

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Detroit Branch NAACP Hosts Kick-Off Reception and Passing of the Gavel for 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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Detroit Branch NAACP 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Kick-Off Reception and Passing of the Gavel (from left to right) 2016 Senior Corporate Chair Ford Motor Company & UAW-Ford represented by James Settles, Vice President, United Auto Workers; Angelique Peterson Mayberry, Director, Community Relations, UAW-Ford; Burt Jordan, Vice President, Global Vehicle, Powertrain Purchasing and Supplier Diversity Development, Ford Motor Company; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Chairs represented by Eric Peterson, U.S. Vice President, Diversity Dealer Relations, General Motors Company; Trynda Thomas, HR Generalist, ChemicoMays LLC and Charles Nolen, Past President, Michigan Black Bar Owners Association.

The Detroit Branch NAACP held its Kick-Off reception and Passing of the Gavel ceremony on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the Roostertail in Detroit.  The Kick-Off Reception and Passing of the Gavel ceremony officially begins the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner season.  During the event the 2015 Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Chairs made the official transition to the 2016 Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner leadership team.  During this year’s event Ford Motor Company & UAW-Ford were announced as the 2016 Senior Corporate Chair.  Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony also unveiled the theme for the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.  This year’s theme is:

Let America Be America Again

The 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 5 p.m. at Cobo Conference Center.  For tickets, sponsorships or more information please call (313) 871-2087 or send an email to freedomfund@detroitnaacp.org.

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Mayor Mike Duggan purchasing the ceremonial 1st ticket to the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Kick-Off Reception and Passing of the Gavel. He is joined by (from left to right) Donnell White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; Burt Jordan, Vice President, Global Vehicle, Powertrain Purchasing and Supplier Diversity Development, Ford Motor Company and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.

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Attendees at the Kick-Off Reception and Passing of the Gavel for the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Brenda Scott Academy Welcomes Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Director

IMG-20160223-WA006Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Director Donnell White made a visit to Brenda Scott Academy on Tuesday, February 23.  During his visit Executive Director White spent time reading to a 1st grade class.

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NAACP Requests Full-Scale Review of Flint Water Crisis by U.S. Department of Justice

The NAACP will hold a press conference with President and CEO Cornell William Brooks to rollout our 20-point plan and timelines to address the issues in Flint.  The press conference will be held on Monday, February 15 at 1:00 PM, Christ Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 317 East Hamilton Avenue, Flint 48505. Please see the full press release below to learn more about the request to the U.S. Department of Justice.

IMG_4409BALTIMORE, MD – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has formally requested that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) launch civil and criminal investigations into the disastrous water crisis in Flint, Michigan.  In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks requested that all applicable components of the DOJ investigate potential environmental and civil rights violations to prevent future harms to Flint residents, to ensure that all possible measures are taken to remedy past harms to Flint residents, and to hold accountable those responsible for the crisis.

“The poisoning of Flint’s water—and the delayed response to that poisoning—is a classic example of the disproportionate burden of environmental harm being borne by low-income persons and communities of color,” said Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO.  “A focused, swift, and detailed investigation by the Department of Justice will be a significant step in rectifying this situation and determining whom to hold responsible for inflicting a lifetime of harm upon a vulnerable community.”

The crisis began after Flint’s state-appointed emergency manager decided to switch the city’s water source from Lake Huron via Detroit’s Water System to the Flint River, causing the pipes to corrode and leach lead into the water.  The NAACP’s Flint Branch and Michigan State Conference have diligently worked over the last two years to inform the public about the poisoned water and its potential effects.

The NAACP has engaged the law firm of WilmerHale LLP to assist its Legal Department in working with the DOJ to protect the rights of the people of Flint.  The team at WilmerHale is led by Ronald C. Machen Jr., a former United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and Debo Adegbile, former President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue

Flint Community 15-Point Priorities

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NAACP National President Cornell William Brooks presented a 15-Point Priorities list of community concerns during a Public Mass Meeting held at the University of Michigan — Flint on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.  To read the full list of priorities please click the link  Flint 15 Point Community Concerns Priorities.