Detroit Branch NAACP to Host Energy Justice Training and Roundtable

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The Detroit Branch NAACP invites you to our Energy Justice Training and Roundtable on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Please join us and come learn more about how to become an advocate around Energy and Environmental Justice. During this event there will also be training sessions on Accessing Solar Energy in Urban Communities and representatives offering tips on lowering your utility/energy bills. The Roundtable discussion will be with leaders in the Environmental and Energy justice field, the Michigan Public Service Commission and DTE Energy. This event is being Co-sponsored by Vote Solar and the Environmental Law and Policy Center.

The event is free, but registration is required.  Please click the link Detroit Branch NAACP Energy Justice Training and Roundtable to register.

Detroit Branch NAACP’s 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, APRIL 23 AT 5 PM AT COBO CONFERENCE CENTER!

To purchase tickets call 313-871-2087 or click here 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner to download a ticket response form!

Pre-Register Now for Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Join the Detroit Branch NAACP on Thursday, April 20 from 9 am — 3 pm. Click the link Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! to pre-register and learn more details.

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters to Receive James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award at 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA, 43rd District) will receive the Detroit Branch NAACP’s James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.  The Dinner will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 5 pm at Cobo Conference and Convention Center in Detroit.  In addition to honoring Congresswoman Waters, Jane C. Garcia, Board Chair, Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development (LASED) will receive the Ida B. Wells Freedom and Justice Award.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) will serve as this year’s Keynote speaker.  Additional honorees include Sally Yates, former U.S. Attorney General, who will receive the Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Award; and Great Expectations Awardees — Angelique Peterson-Mayberry, Vice President, Detroit Public Schools Community District School Board and the Eastern Michigan University Black Student Union and NAACP Chapter.

There will also be a special tribute to women performed by the Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Youth Entertainment Corp.  All women attendees to the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner are encouraged to wear white.

“We are excited to honor Congresswoman Waters with the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award,” says Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.  “Her career of public service has been dedicated to speaking truth to power and we applaud her for not backing down and continuing to be a much needed voice and advocate for all.  We are also please to uplift LASED Board Chair Jane Garcia.  She remains steadfast and vigilant in working for justice for our Latino brothers and sisters.  The place to be on Sunday April 23 is the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner to hear from this powerful line up speakers and awardees committed to freedom and justice.”

To purchase tickets, tables and sponsorships please call 313-871-2087 or click this link to download ticket forms — 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Official Press Statement — Detroit Public Schools Community District Search For General Superintendent

Please see the attached press statement given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the Detroit Public Schools Community District School Board Superintendent search.

DETROIT – The Detroit Public Schools Community District continues to face challenges as well  as opportunities to both stabilize and move our school district to higher academic heights. It is a school district that has been plagued by financial, academic, and personnel obstacles. The newly elected Board of Education is to be commended for its efforts to bring to solvency, as well as to re-establish the school district of Detroit into a first class, academically proficient, and student- learning center for the people in this community.

Click the link Official Press Statement – DPSCD Search for Superintendent  to read the statement in it’s entirety.

 

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren to Serve As Keynote Speaker for 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 to announce the Keynote Speaker and Awardees for its 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner that will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Cobo Conference Center located at 1 Washington Blvd in Detroit.  The press conference was led by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.  Rev. Anthony announced U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren as this year’s Keynote Speaker.

In addition to announcing Senator Warren as the Keynote, Rev. Anthony also announced the following:

2017 James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Awardee
Congresswoman Maxine Waters
(D-California, 43rd District)

2017 Ida B. Wells Freedom and Justice Awardee
Jane C. Garcia
Board Chair, LA SED

2017 Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Awardee
Sally Yates
Former United States Attorney General

2017 Great Expectations Awardees
Eastern Michigan University Black Student Union
Eastern Michigan University NAACP Chapter

Angelique Peterson Mayberry
Vice President, Detroit Public Schools Community District School Board
Director, Community Relations, UAW Ford

Other details announced during the press conference include a special tribute by the Freedom Fund Dinner Youth Entertainment Corp highlighting the contributions of women.  Tickets for the Detroit Branch NAACP’s 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner are available now.  For more information please call (313) 871-2087 or click the link to download ticket, table and sponsorship forms 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

Click the link Official Press Statement – 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner to read Rev. Anthony’s press statement in its entirety.

Education — America’s Never Ending Issue of Civil Rights

NAACP Taskforce Members along with Detroit Branch NAACP representatives and UAW Ford (seated from left to right) Robin Williams (District of Columbia); Gloria Sweet Love (Tennessee); Alice Huffman (California); Hazel Dukes (New York) and Adora Nweze (Florida). Michael Curry (Massachusetts); Kamilia Landrum, Program and Membership Service, Detroit Branch NAACP; UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles, 1st VP, Detroit Branch NAACP; Yvonne White, President, Michigan State Conference NAACP; Derrick Johnson (Mississisppi); Angelique Peterson Mayberry, Vice President, Detroit Public Schools Community District School Board; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Michael Turner, NAACP National Board of Directors and Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Committee and James Gallman (South Carolina)

NAACP Taskforce Members along with Detroit Branch NAACP representatives and UAW Ford
(seated from left to right) Robin Williams (District of Columbia); Gloria Sweet Love (Tennessee); Alice Huffman (California); Hazel Dukes (New York) and Adora Nweze (Florida).
Michael Curry (Massachusetts); Kamilia Landrum, Program and Membership Services Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles, 1st VP, Detroit Branch NAACP; Yvonne White, President, Michigan State Conference NAACP; Derrick Johnson (Mississippi); Angelique Peterson Mayberry, Vice President, Detroit Public Schools Community District School Board; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Michael Turner, NAACP National Board of Directors and Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Committee and James Gallman (South Carolina)

Members of the NAACP Education Taskforce held their 5th hearing in Detroit on Wednesday, March 8.  The hearing took place at Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School.  Detroit was the 5th of seven stops for the hearings regarding education quality.  The Detroit hearing focused on the recent NAACP Board Resolution that called for a moratorium on charter school expansion.  Invited panelists shared insights with the task force on the current state of traditional public schools and charters and answered questions from the task force.  Attendees were also encouraged to sign-up and give public comment.

Click the link Official Press Statement – Education – America’s Never Ending Issue of Civil Rights read the official press statement given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony during the hearing.

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.

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

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.

2017 ACT-SO Flier

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