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

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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
Locations:
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

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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

Speakers:
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 klandrum@detroitnaacp.org.

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

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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.

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Tragedy in South Carolina

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“Today our hearts and prayers and most earnest condolences are extended to the families and the friends of those who have tragically lost their lives in the shooting of innocent people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina.

This most recent shooting tears at the very spirit and the most tender fiber of our humanity.  The church is a place, as are all institutions of faith, for the down trodden to be lifted up, the lost to be found, and the blind to be able to see.  This tragedy is bigger than just a mere shooting at a local church.”

Please click the link to read the full press statement from Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.
Official Statement South Carolina Shooting

 

Detroit Branch NAACP Stands Opposed to Four Day Curfew Extension

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Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, issued the following statement during the Detroit City Council public hearing regarding the proposed four day curfew extension for the River Days Festival and Annual Fireworks. Please click the link below to read the statement.

Official Statement Proposed Four Day Curfew

Detroit Branch NAACP’s Young Adult Committee Presents the 2015 Summer Speakers Series

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Summer Speakers Seriers Flier 2The 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 become successful.

Session 1: Women In Activism
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
6:00 p.m.
Detroit Branch NAACP
8220 Second Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
Speakers: Honorable JoAnn Watson & Jessica Care Moore

This event is free and open to the public but an RSVP is required.  Please send and RSVP to Kamilia Landrum at klandrum@detroitnaacp.org.

Detroit Branch NAACP Expresses Strong Concerns Over Proposed Four Day Youth Curfew

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Please see the attached press statement and news clip from the Detroit Branch NAACP regarding the proposed four day youth curfew during the River Days festival and City of Detroit Annual Fireworks.

Press Release — Detroit Branch NAACP Expresses Significant Concerns to Proposed Four Day Youth Curfew

Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, interview on WXYZ regarding proposed four day youth curfew

Where Would We Be Without The Fight For Freedom?

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The Detroit Branch NAACP hosted the Honorable Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall at our first Freedom Fund Dinner.  We continue on in a tradition of excellence and outstanding achievement as we welcome Vice President Joe Biden to deliver this year’s keynote remarks.

 

Vice President Joe Biden to Deliver Remarks at the Detroit Branch NAACP’s 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference, Tuesday, April 7, announcing that Vice President Joe Biden will deliver remarks at the 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. The Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at Cobo Conference Center in Detroit.

“We are extremely pleased that Vice President Joe Biden has accepted our invitation to come to the City of Detroit in celebration of the 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner,” says Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP. “ As many may recall our first speaker was the Honorable Justice Thurgood Marshall.  It is historically inspiring that 60 years later a tradition of excellence and outstanding achievement in the cause of freedom and justice will be continued by our Vice President. We invite everyone to share in this historic moment.”

The theme for this year’s dinner, “Celebrating Freedom: Measured by Practice, Treasured by Sacrifice,” pays homage to 50 years since the historic march in Selma (Bloody Sunday) that paved the way for the signing of the Voting Rights Acts of 1965.

“General Motors is honored to support the Detroit Branch NAACP and all that it does to promote diversity and inclusion in our community,” says Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors Company and 2015 Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair.  “We salute Reverend Anthony and his team for their efforts.  We are also excited to have Vice President Biden deliver remarks and witness firsthand the comeback and teamwork throughout the City of Detroit.“

Additionally, Rev. Anthony announced this year’s special awardees.  They are:

  • Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Michigan, 13th District), who will receive the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award;
  • Attorney Benjamin Crump, who will receive the Ida B Wells Freedom and Justice Award;
  • Kary Moss, Executive Director, ACLU – Michigan, who will receive the Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Award;
  • Jessica Care Moore, Artist, Activist and Creator of Black Women Rock, who will receive the Great Expectations Award; and
  • Kevin Tolbert, Executive Director, UAW-Ford, National Programs Center, who will receive the Great Expectations Award.

 

 

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.

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.

 

The Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren Releases Report and Recommendations to Improve Detroit Schools

The Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren released its report and recommendations for improving all Detroit schools on Monday, March 30, during a press event held at Fellowship Chapel.  Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, serves as one of the co-chairs for the coalition. The coalition met for approximately 100 days to create a comprehensive plan that will imake quality schools for all Detroit children.

To read the full report click on the link below.

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