Detroit Branch NAACP Selects New Executive Director

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DETROIT (February 4, 2019) – Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP, announced at his recent installation, beginning a historic 14th term, the appointment of the Branch’s new Executive Director.

“Our search committee was appointed in July of 2018.” Said Rev. Anthony. “They held several meetings and now the work is completed. Nearly 70 applications were received, locally and nationally. After a review of all the applicants, it was narrowed down to four and of that four, three were interviewed. After much deliberation, conference calls, and discussion, the search committee brought forth a recommendation to our board for the new executive director for the Detroit Branch NAACP.

Today, we wish to announce that the new director, following the likes of former Executive Director’s:

  • Joann Nichols Watson, former Detroit City Council Member and now professor at Wayne County Community College District;
  • Attorney John E. Johnson, Jr., former City of Detroit Corporation Counsel, now Executive Director for Michigan Legislative Black Caucus;
  • Heaster Wheeler, former Assistant Executive for Wayne County and now Assistant Secretary of State;
  • Donnell White, now the Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Strategic Partnerships for Chemical

Our new Executive Director, as recommended and accepted by the Board is, Ms. Kamilia Landrum.”

“Kamilia is a child of the NAACP. She was a leader in our Youth Council. She served on the national board of directors for the NAACP. She is also involved in several community organizations. Most recently she organized our Take Your Soles To The Polls campaign for voter registration and mobilization, Back to School initiatives for Detroit Public School students, and our Second Chance Initiative for non-violent offenders seeking to have their records expunged in the criminal justice system.

She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration and Management from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and a Master of Public Administration from Wayne State University. She is a proud member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.”

Press Release — Detroit Branch NAACP Selects New Executive Director

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Rogue State Legislators and the Theft of Democracy

DETROIT (December 6, 2018) – One has to wonder whether or not we actually had midterm elections in 2018. The recent actions by Republican led state legislatures in Michigan and Wisconsin, and election controversy in North Carolina raise serious questions about maintaining the integrity of our electoral process. The actions now taken to undercut the election in the state of Michigan by the Republican dominated state legislature is more crooked than the great train robberies committed by Jesse and Frank James in the Missouri territories. The only thing the legislature in Michigan lacks is a face mask and a six shooter.

One of the framers of our democracy Thomas Jefferson said, “Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.” During this “shame duck session,” some members of the Michigan House don’t seem to care nor are they acting as if the people are looking. They are robbing the citizens who voted overwhelmingly for Proposal 2 (Voters Not Politicians), 67-33%, designed to end the practice of gerrymandering. They are attempting to rob the people of their affirmative decision in Proposal 3 (Promote the Vote), 61-39%, designed to provide greater voter access. This is no more than a political heist of the highest order. The plan is to undercut the power of incoming Governor-Elect Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State-Elect Jocelyn Benson, and Attorney General-Elect Dana Nessel. In other words, they are attempting to steal the power of Michiganders who voted to change the political direction in Michigan.

Click here — Press Statement — Rogue State Legislators and the Theft of Democracy to read the statement in it’s entirety.

Detroit Branch NAACP Announces Blue Ribbon Host Committee for 2019 National NAACP Convetion

The following press statement was given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony during a press conference held on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

DETROIT (December 6, 2018) – The Detroit Branch NAACP is pleased to announce plans for 2019 as we host the 110th National Convention of the NAACP, July 20-24, 2019, here in the city of Detroit. Next month, we will also be announcing plans for the 64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner, scheduled for May 5, 2019. Today we welcome to our city NAACP President, Attorney Derrick Johnson, and other members of our Executive Board. As Detroit hosts the annual convention, it will send a signal to the rest of the nation that ALL ROADS REALLY DO LEAD TO DETROIT.

We are very excited about our special Blue-Ribbon Host Committee, chaired by Mr. Gerard Anderson, CEO of DTE Energy, led by Mr. Jerry Norcia, President of DTE Energy. DTE has been a leading partner with the NAACP locally and is expanding its reach to include an even more prominent national partnership as well. Ms. Nancy Moody, DTE Energy Vice President of Public Affairs, has been an energizing partner in plans for our 110th annual convention.

Click here — Press Statement — Detroit Branch NAACP Announces Blue Ribbon Host Committee for 2019 National NAACP Convention to read the press statement in its entirety.

#HeatUpTheMovement and Support the Detroit Branch NAACP on #GivingTuesday

On this #GivingTuesday we are asking for your help to #HeatUpTheMovement. We need to repair one of our heating and cooling units. The cost to repair the unit is $20,000. Please consider making a donation to #TakeTheChillOffTheBill!

In the summer of 2007 the Detroit Branch NAACP moved into our current home on Second Ave. This move helped us to stay centrally located and to serve the Detroit community even better. Previously, we had to rent space for any community event we hosted, but this building allows us to operate our programming in house. Our building is used to host free youth programs for leadership development and employment, community meetings for seniors and small organizations without a home, provide an open door for people who need help filing discrimination complaints, and respond quickly to social justice crises that arise in our communities. This building is crucial to helping us continue to be the leading NAACP Branch in the country.

Your donation today will help us repair one of the three units needed to heat our building! Please consider donating $10, $25, $50 or even more on this #GivingTuesday to #TakeTheChillOffTheBill and #HeatUpTheMovement.

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Take Your Soles to the Polls Campaign Announcement

The Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony issued the following press statement during a press conference held on Tuesday, October 23.

DETROIT (October 23, 2018) – Good Morning. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made it plain when he said over 50 years ago, “I have come to see more and more that one of the more decisive steps that the Negro can take is that little walk to the voting booth. That is an important step. We got to gain the ballot and through that gain political power.” It is for this reason that we have come together to openly declare and encourage every Detroiter, every citizen in Wayne County or Michigan, regardless of political persuasion, to come back to the voting booth. We encourage everyone to Take Your Soles to the Polls.

 The Detroit Branch NAACP is pleased to be working with the AARP, faith-based organizations, community groups, the city of Detroit, and Wayne County in the effort to increase and motivate the voter turnout for the general elections on November 6.  All of us have the responsibility to vote. Each individual must consider these three questions.

  1. What good is a voice if you don’t use it?
  2. What good is a vote if you don’t exercise it?
  3. What good is your freedom if you don’t protect it?

From now through election day we will be engaged in a program specifically to help mobilize our community to exercise their voter franchise. This election is too critical for the future of our children as well as those adults and seniors who desire to improve the quality of their lives. Some persons may have already voted in the early or absentee voting process. We encourage everyone to vote early, stay in line, and do not let the weather determine whether or not you will vote.

Click here to read the statement Press Statement — Detroit Branch NAACP Gears Up for November 2018 General Election in it’s entirety.