Detroit Branch NAACP Official Press Statement on the Passing of Judge Damon Keith

Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony issued the following press statement regarding the passing of Judge Damon Keith

DETROIT (April 28, 2019) – The civil rights community has lost a giant among those who have consistently fought to hold fast to the rein of justice and equity for all people. This is particularly true in the cause of Black Freedom and social justice.  Judge Damon Keith for a half century has led in this cause. An icon in the civil rights community, he has rendered uncompromising decisions from punishing illegal government wiretapping, and the racial motivation of building a wall of segregation around the City of Pontiac.

He would certainly be a thorn in the judicial side of this current administration and its treacherous policies of family separation and deportation. He was an early opponent in the judicial process to expose secret deportations and government abuse of its authority.  Judge Keith will long be remembered for his work off the bench with the NAACP. He was an early organizer and supporter of the largest sit-down Dinner in the nation, the Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner of the Detroit Branch.

He was a great supporter an advocate for the City of Detroit and for African American political empowerment. Judge Keith represents an era of bold and courageous judicial principles.  These principles helped guide precedents for those too cautious to be just and sometimes too afraid to stand alone! In the words of Congresswoman Maxine Waters, “I have the gavel and I am not afraid to use it!” Judge Keith used the judicial gavel to open doors and knock down barriers.

Judge Keith will long be remembered as a true follower and believer in the works and direction of the great attorney an civil rights lawyer Charles Hamilton Houston, who said, “A lawyer is either a social engineer or he is a parasite on society.” Thank you Judge Keith for being a social engineer.  We have a spoiler alert! Look out heaven, here comes the Judge!!

The Detroit Branch NAACP is the largest branch in the Association.  For more information, please call (313) 871-2087.

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Detroit NAACP Brings Celebrity Star Power to 64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

DETROIT (April 9. 2019)  – The 64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner promises to be one of excitement, high energy, and full of surprises. The stars will shine brightly on Sunday, May 5, 2019. We are pleased to announce a special red- carpet pathway for those attending the Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. For many who have never had the red- carpet experience this is designed to make everyone attending feel special and important for this historic event. The red carpet will be held from 3:00 – 4:30 pm on Freedom Sunday.

We are pleased to announce that one of Americas foremost journalists and White House correspondent will be in attendance to receive our very special Ida B. Wells Freedom & Justice Award. She is known for her piercing questions, unrelenting pursuit of truth and transparency. She has often been chided by the President of the United States as a trouble maker and has been told to “sit down” and ask no further questions in press briefings at the White House. She is an author, writer, and Washington D.C., bureau chief of American Urban Radio Networks. She is a political analyst for CNN and was named as the Journalist of the Year in 2017 by the National Association of Black Journalists. She has covered four presidential administrations. The recipient of this prestigious award is of course journalist April Ryan.

There will be no shortage of star power at this year’s dinner. One of our very special guests is the recipient of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. He has appeared in more than 100 films, including Menace to Society, Dead Presidents, Next Friday, Friday After Next, and Ray. He has played Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the film Selma, Lord, Selma. He guest starred in the Heat of the Night and Murder She Wrote. He is also a philanthropist and an advocate for those in the criminal justice system. We are pleased to welcome television and film star Clifton Powell to the city of Detroit.

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Detroit NAACP Brings Celebrity Star Power to
64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner