Detroit Branch NAACP Celebrates 100 Years in a “Salute to Leadership”

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The Detroit Branch NAACP celebrated its Centennial with a “Salute to Leadership” that honored all past and current Presidents and Executive Directors/Secretaries.  The “Salute to Leadership” was held on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. 

(from left to right, bottom row):

Donnell R. White, current Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; Mariel McClendon Wardell representing her father Dr. J.J. McClendon, Detroit Branch NAACP President 1938-1940; Detroit Branch NAACP Centennial Chair General Motors represented by Vivian Pickard, President, General Motors Foundation and Director of Corporate Relations; Detroit Branch NAACP’s “Salute to Leadership” Mistress of Ceremonies Rian English, Managing Editor, FrontPage Detroit and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, current President, Detroit Branch NAACP.

(from left to right, middle row):

Dr. Fredrick Sampson III representing his father Rev. Fredrick Sampson, Detroit Branch NAACP President 1963-1969; Nicole Blocker representing her father Jerry Blocker, Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Secretary 1977-1979; Heaster Wheeler, Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Director 2000-2011;  Joesph Madison, Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Secretary 1974-1977; Mark Lang representing his father Winston Lang, Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Secretary 1979-1988; Paul Wadsworth representing his father, Rev. James Wadsworth, Detroit Branch NAACP President 1957-1963 and Detroit City Council Woman JoAnn Watson, Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Director 1990-1997.

(from left to right, top row):

Rev. Charles Christian Adams representing his father Dr. Charles G. Adams, Detroit Branch NAACP President 1985-1987; Michael Turner representing his father Thomas Turner, Detroit Branch NAACP President 1969-1970; Atty Elliot S. Hall, Detroit Branch NAACP President 1972-1975; Col. William H. Penn, Sr. Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Secretary 1969-1974; Attorney John E. Johnson Jr., Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Director 1997-2000 and Brent Hill representing his father Rev. Charles Hill, Detroit Branch NAACP President 1942-1949.

Detroit Branch NAACP Centennial Chairs not pictured are Coca-Cola, DTE Energy Foundation and United Auto Workers (UAW).

Photo Courtesy of Andre Smith Photography

 

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