Application Period for Art & Essay and ACT-SO Contests are Now Open

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27th Annual Detroit Branch NAACP Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Art & Essay Contest
The Art & Essay contest gives students in elementary, middle and high school the opportunity to explain, “What the Civil Rights Struggle Means to Me.”  Students may submit either an art entry, essay entry or both.  The contest is done in partnership with Coca-Cola and Detroit Public Schools Community District.  Students are competing for an opportunity to win cash prizes, and for their winning entries to be displayed during the Detroit Branch NAACP’s 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. The deadline for entry submission is Friday, March 10, 2017.

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Click the link  27th Annual Art & Essay Contest to download the instructions and entry packet. 

Detroit Branch NAACP and Detroit NAACP Youth Council Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) Competitions
ACT-SO is a competition open to high school students in the areas of: STEM, Humanities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Business.  The Detroit Branch NAACP and Detroit NAACP Youth Council will both host local ACT-SO Competitions.  There are 32 categories students are able to choose from to compete for a chance to win a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Medals and cash prizes.  The local Gold Medal winners qualify to compete in the NAACP’s National ACT-SO Competition which will be held in Baltimore, MD July 19-23, 2017.

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Click the link ACT-SO to learn more about the competition enrichment sessions and download the application and category guidelines.  

Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony Elected to NAACP National Board of Directors

Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony was elected to the NAACP National Board of Directors.  The results were announced during the NAACP’s Annual February Board Meeting.  Michigan State Conference NAACP President Yvonne White was elected to an officer’s position as Assistant Treasurer for the NAACP’s National Board.  The NAACP National Board of Directors is comprised of 64 members who govern the NAACP’s policies, procedures and direction.

Rev. Anthony begins serving his three-year term immediately, while White is entering the second year of her current three year term.  Anthony joins White along with three other fellow Detroiters with National NAACP Board Seats –Detroit Branch NAACP 2nd Vice President, James Settles, Jr., Vice President, UAW; Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Committee Member Michael Turner, Chief of Staff, Wayne County Sheriff and NAACP Youth Board Member Antashe Howard, Senior, Howard University.  Rev. Anthony is also serving an historic 13th term as president of the Detroit Branch NAACP.

62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Kick-Off and Passing of the Gavel

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62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Passing of the Gavel at the Roostertail. (from left to right) 2017 General Co-Chair Rory Gamble, Director, UAW Region 1A represented by Yvonne Cash; 2017 General Co-Chair Jim Thrower, President & CEO, Jamjomar, Inc.; 2017 Senior Corporate Chair Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman, Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Honorable Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

The Detroit Branch NAACP held its Kick-Off and Passing of the Gavel ceremony at the Roostertail to officially launch the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.  During the kick-off the 2017 Dinner Chairs were announced, this year’s Dinner theme was unveiled and Mayor Mike Duggan purchased the ceremonial first ticket.  The theme for this year’s Dinner is:

A New Era, The Same Cause…Justice!

 The 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on Sunday,
April 23, 2017 at Cobo Conference Center at 5 pm.
Tickets, tables and sponsorships are available.  For more information click the link 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner or call (313) 871-2087.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan purchases the ceremonial first ticket for the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan purchases the ceremonial first ticket for the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Senior Corporate Chair Gilbert

2017 Detroit Branch NAACP Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman, Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures with Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

General Co-Chair Jamjomar

Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony is joined by 2017 Detroit Branch NAACP Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Jim Thrower, President and CEO, Jamjomar, Inc; Joni Thrower, General Counsel, Jamjomar, Inc.; Marla Thrower, Owner and Operator, Jamjomar, Inc. and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

General Co-Chair UAW Region 1A

2017 Detroit Branch NAACP Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Rory Gamble, Director, UAW Region 1A, represented by Yvonne Cash

Urgent Action Alert — Don’t Stop Calling! Tell Your Senators to Vote No on DeVos

Call, email or fax your senator today and tell them to vote NO! on Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. 

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Click the link to read the full Action Alert — DeVos Action Alert

Detroit Branch NAACP 2017-2018 Executive Officers and Executive Committee

Congratulations to the Detroit Branch NAACP’s 2017-2018 Executive Officers and Executive Committee.  On Thursday, January 26, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Executive Committee and Executive Officers were sworn in for the 2017-2018 term.  Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony begins his historic 13th term as head of the largest NAACP branch in the Association.  Click the link below to read the full text from Rev. Anthony’s remarks.

2017-2018 Exec Board

Detroit Branch NAACP 2017-2018 Executive Officers and Executive Committee. (1st row, seated, from left to right) Indira Glass, Treasurer; John E. Johnson, Esq., 1st Vice President; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President; Alice G. Thompson, 3rd Vice President and LaKeisha Becton, Treasurer. Not pictured — James Settles, Jr., 2nd Vice President. (2nd row, standing, from left to right) Rev. Dr. Jeffery Robinson, Charles Nolen, Atty. Richard Mack, Heaster Wheeler, Katie Riley, Atty. Khalilah Spencer, James Jenkins, Jr. Jessica Care Moore, George Barnes, Jr. Kevin Tolbert, Kenneth Shapiro, Atty. Muddasar Tawakkul and Marvin Beatty. Not pictured — Hiram Jackson, Leon Richardson and the Honorable JoAnn Watson.

Click the link to read the remarks given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony Installation-Statement-2017.

Detroit NAACP Youth Council College Writing Workshop

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Join the Detroit NAACP Youth Council, in partnership with Grand Valley State University, for our College Writing Workshop on Wednesday, January 18 from
6-7:30 pm. The workshop is free and open to youth ages 12-18.  Refreshments will be served.

Urgent Action Alert — Oppose The Confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions

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The NAACP is opposed to the nomination of Alabama Senator Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” Sessions for United States Attorney General.  Click the link below to learn how you can contact both your Senators and urge them to oppose the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as Attorney General for the United States.

Urgent Action Alert — NAACP Opposes Senator Jeff Sessions

The People Get A Victory — House Bill 6066 Pushed Back!

Victory! Thank you to everyone who called, emailed, and contacted your local elected officials and Governor Rick Snyder to stop House Bill 6066.  Please see the press statement below given by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.

Official Press Statement — House Bill 6066 Pushed Back

 

Michigan — Creating the Path to Voter Participation or Leading the Way to Voter Suppression

naacp-day-of-action-12-13-16Please see the attached press statement given by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP during a press conference held today, Thursday, December 8, regarding Michigan Voter ID bills 6066, 6067 and 6068.  Voters are encouraged to contact Michigan State Senator Arlan Meekhof’s office at (517) 373-6920 to say NO to Bill 6066. Stay tuned for upcoming information about our Day of Action on the steps of the Capitol in Lansing on Tuesday, December 13, 2016!

Click the link to read the full press statement Official Press Statement — Path to Voter Participation.

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