Detroit Branch NAACP’s Legal Redress Committee to Host March “Ask the Lawyer” Program with the Congress of Communities

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The Detroit Branch NAACP’s Legal Redress Committee presents:

Ask the Lawyer

FREE and Open to the Public for 10-15 minute legal consultations

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
10:30 a.m — 3:00 p.m.

Hosted by: Congress of Communities
8638 W. Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

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60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Adds Two More General Co-Chairs

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The Detroit Branch NAACP welcomed Leon C. Richardson, President and CEO, ChemicoMays, LLC and Pamela Rodgers, President, Rodgers Chevrolet to the 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner leadership team.  Richardson and Rodgers will serve as General Co-Chairs.  They will join 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair, Mary T. Barra, CEO, General Motors Company; 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Chair, Dr. William Pickard, Global Automotive Alliance LLC and 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Charles Nolen, President, Michigan Black Bar Owners Association.

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Pamela Rodgers, President, Rodgers Chevrolet, presents a check for $25,000 to Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Director, Donnell R. White and Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony.

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Laroy Williams, CFO, ChenicoMays, LLC, representing Leon C. Richardson (not pictured), President and CEO, ChemicoMays, LLC presents a check for $25,000 to Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Director, Donnell R. White and Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony.

Detroit Branch NAACP ACT-SO Competition

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Detroit Branch NAACP ACT-SO Competition is Saturday, March 28, 2015!

Download your application today.  ACT-SO, is open to all high school students in grades 9-12.  Click the EVENTS tab above and select the Afro Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics link to download the application and the category guidelines.

The application deadline is Saturday, March 21, 2015. 

60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Kick-Off and Passing of the Gavel

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Detroit Branch NAACP 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Kick-Off and Passing of the Gavel ceremony held at the Roostertail. (from left to right) 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Hiram E. Jackson, CEO, Real Times Media and Publisher, Michigan Chronicle; 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Donna Stallings, Activist and Entrepreneur; 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Chair Michael T. Ritchie, President, Comerica Bank – Michigan; 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair Gary Torgow, Chairman, Talmer Bancorp, Inc.; Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony; Mayor Mike Duggan; 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair, Mary T. Barra, CEO, General Motors Company represented by Vivan Pickard, President, General Motors Foundation and Eric Peterson, U.S. Vice President, Diversity Dealer Relations, General Motors Company; 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Chair Dr. William Pickard, CEO, Global Automotive Alliance, LLC; 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Charles Nolen, President, Michigan Black Bar Owners Association; and Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Director Donnell White.

The Detroit Branch NAACP held its Kick-Off and Passing of the Gavel ceremony to officially launch the 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner on
Thursday, February 12, 2015.  The 2014 Chairs passed the gavel to the incoming 2015 Chairs. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan also purchased the first ceremonial ticket.  Additionally, the theme for the 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner was unveiled. This year’s theme is:

Celebrating Freedom:
Measured by Practice, Treasured by Sacrifice

The 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Cobo Conference Center. For tickets and sponsorship information please contact the Detroit Branch NAACP at (313) 871-2087.

2015 Senior Corporate Chair
Mary T. Barra, CEO, General Motors Company

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60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair, Mary T. Barra, CEO, General Motors Company represented by Vivan Pickard, President, General Motors Foundation and Eric Peterson, U.S. Vice President, Diversity Dealer Relations, General Motors Company present a check for $250,000.

2015 General Chair
Dr. William Pickard, CEO, Global Automotive Alliance, LLC

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60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Chair Dr. William Pickard presents a check for $100,000. (from left to right): Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; Don Allen, Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations, Global Automotive Alliance; Bregitte Baddock, Materials Manager, Vitec/Global Automotive Alliance; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Terri Moon, Executive Vice President, Vitec; Dr. William Pickard, CEO, Global Automotive Alliance, LLC and Sylvester Hester, Vice Chairman and Chief Operations Officer, Global Automotive Alliance, LLC.

2015 General Co-Chair
Charles Nolen, President, Michigan Black Bar Owners Association

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60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Chair Charles Nolen, President, Michigan Black Bar Owners Association presents a check for $25,000 to Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Director Donnell White and Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony.

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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan purchases the ceremonial 1st ticket for the 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. (from left to right): Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP and Mayor Duggan.

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Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair Gary Torgow, Chairman, Talmer Bancorp, Inc is presented with a plaque by Donnell White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.

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Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Chair Michael T. Ritchie, President, Comerica Bank-Michigan, is presented with a plaque by Donnell White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.

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Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Donna Stallings, Activist and Entrepreneur, is presented with a plaque by Donnell White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.

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Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Hiram E. Jackson, CEO, Real Times Media and Publisher, Michigan Chronicle, is presented with a plaque by Donnell White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.

 

Detroit Branch NAACP 2015-2016 Installation Ceremony

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(first row, seated, from left to right) Michael Turner; Kevin Tolbert; George P. Barnes, Jr; Detroit Branch NAACP 1st Vice President, Atty. John E. Johnson, Jr.; Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony; Detroit Branch NAACP 3rd Vice President, Alice Thompson; Detroit Branch NAACP Secretary, Dr. Shekitra Green; Detroit Branch NAACP Treasurer, Indira Glass and Detroit NAACP Youth Council President, Lauren Smith.
(second row, standing, from left to right) Atty. Khalilah Spencer; Kenneth Shapiro; Marvel Cheeks; LaKeisha Becton; James Jenkins, Jr; Atty. Richard Mack; Atty. Muddasar Tawakkul; Leon Richardson; Kenneth Harris; Heaster Wheeler and Rashida Tlaib.
Not pictured — Detroit Branch NAACP 2nd Vice President, James Settles; Marvin Beatty; Willie Hampton; Hiram Jackson and Katie Riley.

The Detroit Branch NAACP held its Installation Ceremony for the 2015-2016 term for Detroit Branch NAACP Elected Officers and Executive Committee Members.  Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, was sworn in for his 12th term and provided remarks on the direction of the Detroit Branch NAACP for the next two years.  Click the link Installation Speech 1-29-15  to read the full remarks.

Condolences to the Families of the Slain New York City Police Officers

The Coalition for Justice and Fairness to Reform Law Enforcement issued the following press statement regarding the two slain New York City Police Officers.

DETROIT — The recent shooting deaths of two New York City police officers, Wenjain Liu and Rafael Ramos, leave us both with a sense of deep sorrow and sincere condolences to their families and friends. The killings of these police officers reportedly by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, in no way reflects the thinking or the purpose of any of us who are concerned about the ongoing relations between law enforcement and the communities in which they serve. We neither condone, support, excuse, nor encourage such actions. We do not believe that all police officers are bad nor do we subscribe to all protesters being good. While we condemn the actions of any who take the lives of innocent people, it is precisely why we must come together as people of goodwill to try and develop programs and strategies that bring us together as a community…

Click the link to read the entire statement — Coalition Press Statement 12_22_14

 

Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony Elected to Remarkable 12th Term As Detroit Branch NAACP President

Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony has been re-elected as president of the Detroit Branch NAACP. The Detroit Branch NAACP held elections for its Branch Officers and Executive Committee Members to for the 2015-2016 term in late November. The results of the election were announced during the December 18, 2014 General Membership Meeting. Rev. Anthony will begin his 12th term as Detroit Branch NAACP President with an installation service scheduled for January 22, 2015. Rev. Anthony is the longest serving President in Detroit Branch NAACP history.

Click the link to read the full press release — Press Release — Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony Elected to Remarkable 12th Term As Detroit Branch NAACP President

The Coalition for Justice and Fairness to Reform Law Enforcement Issues Call for Action

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Please see the attached press statement given by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP on behalf of the Coalition for Justice and Fairness to Reform Law Enforcement during a press conference held on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

Press Statment — Coalition for Justice and Fairness to Reform Law Enforcement Issues Call for Action

“After Ferguson and New York…The City of Detroit Must Take Steps Now”

Please see the press statement below issued by The Coalition for Justice and Fairness to Reform Law Enforcement. There will be a community wide meeting Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 10:00A.M. at the Detroit Branch NAACP followed by a community wide statement discussing next steps.

“After Ferguson and New York…The City of Detroit Must Take Steps Now”