Wednesday, March 28, 2012- Detroit's Next Generation of Leadership assemble at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in Detroit, Michigan. (seated left to right) Brittany Williams, Rian English, Marcella Richardson, Marja Winters, Royda Urey, Jessica Care Moore, Yolonda Lipsey, (standing left to right) Brian Barnhill, Brian Olatunji, Lance Swain, Kamal Cheeks, Jamiel Martin, Michael Reeves, Sean Davis, Alicia Merkerson, Donnell R. White, Daryl Newman, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, James Jenkins, III, Indira Pierce, Sam Davis, LaToya Henry, Darwin Beacham, Derek Ware, Teferi Brent, (present but not pictured) Maia Anthony, LaKeisha Becton, Rashid Beydoun, Khari Fraizer, Kamilia Landrum, Harold Meeks, Dennis Moore, Laurie Moore, Quantez Presley, Jonathan Quarrles, Yusef Shakur, Kevin Smith, Bankole Thompson, Kevin Tolbert, Nate Wallace, Al Williams, Andre Williams
Executive Director Donnell R. White hosts Detroit’s next generation of leadership at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. During the evening, participants received a tour of the facility, heard Director White’s vision for the Detroit Branch NAACP under his leadership and had an opportunity to network before having a roundtable discussion centered around collectively supporting each other and a unified commitment to the city of Detroit.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012- Executive Director Donnell R. White (right) and General Counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell (left) stand with students from the European Community Organizing Network and members of the Harriet Tubman Center for Organizing.
In collaboration with the Harriet Tubman Center for Organizing the Detroit Branch NAACP hosted sixteen (16) young men and women from eastern european countries who are committed to community organizing.
During the discussion Executive Director Donnell R. White highlighted the Detroit Branch NAACP’s rich history, current programs and initiatives. Also, General Counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell discussed the Branch’s past and current legal issues such as the Ossian Sweet case, Affirmative Action and Redistricting.
Monday, March 26, 2012- President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony speaks to thousands who were in attendance for the Trayvon Martin Detroit Rally For Justice.
I [Detroit Branch NAACP] was pleased to work in coalition with the UAW, LA SED, faith based organizations, Detroit 300, the Police Department, Rainbow PUSH, United Communities of America, National Action Network, and Detroit Council of Baptist Pastors. This coalition came together to deal with the issue of youth violence in general with a focus on the injustice surrounding the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin of Florida in particular.
While we recognize the tremendous issues concerning violence in our own communities which has been and is always addressed by the many rallies, prayer vigils, community patrols and efforts of the Detroit police Department, we still can join hearts and minds over the Trayvon Martin issue. The issue is not the wearing of a hood. The issue is really the bearers of that which is no good. We have not yet arrived at the point where we can do what Dr. King prescribed generations ago “to judge each other not by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.” Whether in Detroit, Florida, New York, California or Alabama, an “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” (MLK). Thanks to all for your support and your participation, now let’s get busy and get to work to rebuild our communities.