Please join the Detroit Branch NAACP on Friday, August 22 from 6-8 PM at Fellowship Chapel for a special forum on the state of relations between communities of color and law enforcement. This forum is presented in light of several deaths of youth and young adults — McKenzie Cochran in Northland Mall, Ezell Ford in Los Angeles, Eric Garner in New York, Renisha McBride in Dearborn, John Crawford in Ohio, and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The special forum will serve as an opportunity to have a conversation on strategies and programs to protect and serve minority youth, particularly African American, Latinos, Arab Americans and Muslim Americans
The Detroit Branch NAACP wants to remind you to Take Your Soles to the Polls and Vote on Tuesday, August 5 in the Primary Election. The polls are open from 7 A.M. till 8 P.M. Please read our ABC’s of Voting to answer any questions you may have about voting in the Primary Election. Our voter help hotline will be available on Tuesday as long as the polls are open. Please call 313-664-2424 if you have any questions or experience any trouble voting.
Join Us on Thursday, July 31 at 6:00 P.M. for our July General Membership Meeting and Candidates Fair. The meeting and Candidates Fair will take place at Northwest Activities Center located at 18100 Meyers in Detroit.
The Candidates Fair will provide an opportunity for voters to meet the candidates for Congress, Wayne County Executive, Michigan State Senate and House of Representatives. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
The Detroit Branch NAACP held a joint meeting for its Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Committee Wrap Up and May General Membership Meeting. The meeting was hosted by Juliette Okotie-Eboh, Vice President, Community Affairs, MGM Grand Detroit. Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Committee Members were thanked for their hard work on the 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. Additionally, State Representative Ellen Lipton (District 27) and Community Activist Helen Moore were the featured speakers for the General Membership Meeting. Both guests addressed education and the Education Achievement Authority (EAA). Representative Lipton provided details into her recent Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests made to the EAA and the revelation that the Detroit Public Schools has signed off on $12 million worth of loans to the EAA. Helen Moore spoke on the continued efforts she and her group, Keep the Vote No Takeover, are leading to provide access to a quality education for all of Detroit’s children. To view the FOIA documents please visit http://027.housedems.com/resources/publications
Michigan State Representative Ellen Lipton gives information on what her FOIA requests of the EAA revealed.
Community Activist Helen Moore talks about her education advocacy work on behalf of Detroit’s children.
Please join the Detroit Branch NAACP, UAW Ford, UAW GM and other labor, civic, community, and religious organizations as they prepare for the 50th Anniversary Commemorative March Down Woodward. The Freedom Walk Detroit Community Meetings are held every Wednesday at 6:30 P.M. at the Detroit Branch NAACP located at 8220 Second Avenue. Come out and find out how to get your organization signed up and ready to march on Saturday, June 22 for jobs, justice and peace.
Mamie Chalmers is the young high school student captured in this iconic photo being attacked with fire hoses during a protest against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama in May of 1963 (photo credit Charles Moore and Life Magazine). Mrs. Chalmers will be marching in the 50th Anniversary Commemorative March Down Woodward.
Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP, Rev. Nicholas Hood II, Pastor Emeritus, Plymouth United Church of Christ and an original marcher in the 1963 March Down Woodward and Erica Hill, UAW Ford are gearing up for the 50th Anniversary Commemorative March Down Woodward.
Members of the community attend the Freedom Walk Detroit Community Meeting held at the Detroit Branch NAACP.
Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President Detroit Branch NAACP is joined by Donnell White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP as they address the media regarding the 50th Anniversary Commemorative March Down Woodward.
On Thursday, May 23, 2013 the Detroit Branch NAACP hosted a breakfast for members of the media in preparation for the 50th Anniversary Commemorative March Down Woodward. The breakfast was led by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP and discussed the importance of advocating for jobs, justice and peace as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did when he came to Detroit 50 years ago. The 50th Anniversary Commemorative March Down Woodward is given by the Detroit Branch NAACP, UAW-Ford, UAW-GM and a host of other organizations.
Members of the media in attendance at the breakfast in preparation for the 50th Anniversary Commemorative March Down Woodward.
The two day event will begin with think tank sessions that will be held on Friday, June 21, 2013 from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the UAW Ford Center in Detroit. The March will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013 beginning at 9:00 A.M. at Woodward and Forest culminating in a rally at Hart Plaza. For more information on how to become a media partner/sponsor please email LaToya Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and details on the March please visit www.freedomwalkdetroit.com
Poster promoting the 50th Anniversary Commemorative March Down Woodward
Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony announced U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) as the Keynote Speaker for the 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. The Detroit Branch NAACP 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Cobo Conference Center. Congresswoman Pelosi is the first woman to ever serve as Speaker of the House. She served as Speaker of the House from 2007-2011.
In addition to announcing Congresswoman Pelosi as the Keynote Speaker Rev. Anthony also announced the following award recipients:
2013 Great Expectations Awardee
Senior Editor, Michigan Chronicle
2013 Great Expectations Awardee Dean Jocelyn Benson Dean, Wayne State University Law School
2013 Ida B. Wells Freedom and Justice Awardee Dr. Michael Eric Dyson Professor, Georgetown University and Author
2013 Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Awardee Honorable JoAnn Watson Councilwoman, City of Detroit
For more information on purchasing tickets, tables and sponsorships please call 313-871-2087.
UAW and many leaders from the faith-based, labor, civic, corporate and grassroots community held a press conference at Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School to announce the plans for the 50th Anniversary March Down Woodward. In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led an historic march down Woodward Avenue where he first delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. The theme for the 50th Anniversary Commemorative March is “50 Years Later: We Shall Not Default On Our Freedom.” The March will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013 beginning at 9:00 A.M. at the corners of Woodward and Forest. The March will be chaired by James Settles, International UAW Ford Vice President. For more information please read the following press statement issued by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President of the Detroit Branch NAACP.