The 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner, the largest of its kind in the world announces its 2012 Keynote Speaker- Eric Holder, Attorney General, United States of America and Lifetime Achievement Awardee- Rev. Julius Ceasar Hope, National Religious Affairs Director, NAACP, Freedom and Justice Awardees- Maureen Taylor, State Chairperson, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and Rachel Maddow, Host, The Rachel Maddow Show, Great Expectation Awardees- Rhonda Walker, News Anchor and Founder, WDIV and The Rhonda Walker Foundation, Atty. Nabih Ayad, Founder, Arab American Civil Rights League and Special Guest- Charles Ogletree, Professor, Harvard Law School.
57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner
May 6, 2012
Cobo Conference Center - Detroit, Michigan
For more information or to purchase tickets today please call the Detroit Branch NAACP at (313) 871-2087.
The Detroit NAACP Youth Council departs for Louisville, KY for an enlightening weekend at the NAACP Civil Rights and Advocacy Training Institute. Participants will convene from various states throughout the mid-west region to focus on membership recruitment, employment discrimination, environmental justice, law enforcement and immigration advocacy, voter empowerment and redistricting advocacy, criminal justice advocacy and education advocacy.
The Detroit Branch NAACP remains committed to training and developing the next generation of civil rights and social justice advocates.
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.
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.
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.
The Detroit Branch NAACP held its bi-monthly Allies, Issues, and Action meeting entitled, “Trayvon Martin Continuing the Conversation”. In the weeks since the murder of Trayvon Martin, evidence of investigative mishaps, and unfortunate circumstances surrounding Trayvon’s killing have shaken us to the core. It was imperative and incumbent upon the Detroit Branch NAACP to continue the conversation about Trayvon’s untimely death but also to make it relative to our community.
In today’s discussion, we talked about the proper procedure for a police officer, patrol officer, or security guard in that situation. We also discussed what a civilian should do in that situation. For us, its not only about justice for Trayvon but its also about educating our youth and all citizens how to avoid this same situation. The discussion was enlightening, intriguing, inspirational and very informative.
Our two guest speakers for today were, Rashid Baydoun, Executive Director of the Arab American Civil Rights League and Dale Brown, Director of Operations for Threat Management Center. Dale Brown, an expert in Threat Management went over what a civilian should and should not do in that situation. Mr. Beydoun discussed improving relationships between African and Arab Americans throughout the state of Michigan and the unfortunate upsurge of violence and discrimination against minority groups across this country.