U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren to Serve As Keynote Speaker for 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 to announce the Keynote Speaker and Awardees for its 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner that will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Cobo Conference Center located at 1 Washington Blvd in Detroit.  The press conference was led by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.  Rev. Anthony announced U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren as this year’s Keynote Speaker.

In addition to announcing Senator Warren as the Keynote, Rev. Anthony also announced the following:

2017 James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Awardee
Congresswoman Maxine Waters
(D-California, 43rd District)

2017 Ida B. Wells Freedom and Justice Awardee
Jane C. Garcia
Board Chair, LA SED

2017 Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Awardee
Sally Yates
Former United States Attorney General

2017 Great Expectations Awardees
Eastern Michigan University Black Student Union
Eastern Michigan University NAACP Chapter

Angelique Peterson Mayberry
Vice President, Detroit Public Schools Community District School Board
Director, Community Relations, UAW Ford

Other details announced during the press conference include a special tribute by the Freedom Fund Dinner Youth Entertainment Corp highlighting the contributions of women.  Tickets for the Detroit Branch NAACP’s 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner are available now.  For more information please call (313) 871-2087 or click the link to download ticket, table and sponsorship forms 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

Click the link Official Press Statement – 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner to read Rev. Anthony’s press statement in its entirety.

Education — America’s Never Ending Issue of Civil Rights

NAACP Taskforce Members along with Detroit Branch NAACP representatives and UAW Ford (seated from left to right) Robin Williams (District of Columbia); Gloria Sweet Love (Tennessee); Alice Huffman (California); Hazel Dukes (New York) and Adora Nweze (Florida). Michael Curry (Massachusetts); Kamilia Landrum, Program and Membership Service, Detroit Branch NAACP; UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles, 1st VP, Detroit Branch NAACP; Yvonne White, President, Michigan State Conference NAACP; Derrick Johnson (Mississisppi); Angelique Peterson Mayberry, Vice President, Detroit Public Schools Community District School Board; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Michael Turner, NAACP National Board of Directors and Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Committee and James Gallman (South Carolina)

NAACP Taskforce Members along with Detroit Branch NAACP representatives and UAW Ford
(seated from left to right) Robin Williams (District of Columbia); Gloria Sweet Love (Tennessee); Alice Huffman (California); Hazel Dukes (New York) and Adora Nweze (Florida).
Michael Curry (Massachusetts); Kamilia Landrum, Program and Membership Services Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles, 1st VP, Detroit Branch NAACP; Yvonne White, President, Michigan State Conference NAACP; Derrick Johnson (Mississippi); Angelique Peterson Mayberry, Vice President, Detroit Public Schools Community District School Board; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Michael Turner, NAACP National Board of Directors and Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Committee and James Gallman (South Carolina)

Members of the NAACP Education Taskforce held their 5th hearing in Detroit on Wednesday, March 8.  The hearing took place at Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School.  Detroit was the 5th of seven stops for the hearings regarding education quality.  The Detroit hearing focused on the recent NAACP Board Resolution that called for a moratorium on charter school expansion.  Invited panelists shared insights with the task force on the current state of traditional public schools and charters and answered questions from the task force.  Attendees were also encouraged to sign-up and give public comment.

Click the link Official Press Statement – Education – America’s Never Ending Issue of Civil Rights read the official press statement given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony during the hearing.

Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony Elected to NAACP National Board of Directors

Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony was elected to the NAACP National Board of Directors.  The results were announced during the NAACP’s Annual February Board Meeting.  Michigan State Conference NAACP President Yvonne White was elected to an officer’s position as Assistant Treasurer for the NAACP’s National Board.  The NAACP National Board of Directors is comprised of 64 members who govern the NAACP’s policies, procedures and direction.

Rev. Anthony begins serving his three-year term immediately, while White is entering the second year of her current three year term.  Anthony joins White along with three other fellow Detroiters with National NAACP Board Seats –Detroit Branch NAACP 2nd Vice President, James Settles, Jr., Vice President, UAW; Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Committee Member Michael Turner, Chief of Staff, Wayne County Sheriff and NAACP Youth Board Member Antashe Howard, Senior, Howard University.  Rev. Anthony is also serving an historic 13th term as president of the Detroit Branch NAACP.

Application Period for Art & Essay and ACT-SO Contests are Now Open

27th Annual Detroit Branch NAACP Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Art & Essay Contest
The Art & Essay contest gives students in elementary, middle and high school the opportunity to explain, “What the Civil Rights Struggle Means to Me.”  Students may submit either an art entry, essay entry or both.  The contest is done in partnership with Coca-Cola and Detroit Public Schools Community District.  Students are competing for an opportunity to win cash prizes, and for their winning entries to be displayed during the Detroit Branch NAACP’s 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. The deadline for entry submission is Friday, March 10, 2017.

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Click the link  27th Annual Art & Essay Contest to download the instructions and entry packet. 

Detroit Branch NAACP and Detroit NAACP Youth Council Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) Competitions
ACT-SO is a competition open to high school students in the areas of: STEM, Humanities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Business.  The Detroit Branch NAACP and Detroit NAACP Youth Council will both host local ACT-SO Competitions.  There are 32 categories students are able to choose from to compete for a chance to win a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Medals and cash prizes.  The local Gold Medal winners qualify to compete in the NAACP’s National ACT-SO Competition which will be held in Baltimore, MD July 19-23, 2017.

2017 ACT-SO Flier

Click the link ACT-SO to learn more about the competition enrichment sessions and download the application and category guidelines.  

62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Kick-Off and Passing of the Gavel

Passing of the Gavel Photo

62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Passing of the Gavel at the Roostertail. (from left to right) 2017 General Co-Chair Rory Gamble, Director, UAW Region 1A represented by Yvonne Cash; 2017 General Co-Chair Jim Thrower, President & CEO, Jamjomar, Inc.; 2017 Senior Corporate Chair Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman, Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Honorable Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

The Detroit Branch NAACP held its Kick-Off and Passing of the Gavel ceremony at the Roostertail to officially launch the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.  During the kick-off the 2017 Dinner Chairs were announced, this year’s Dinner theme was unveiled and Mayor Mike Duggan purchased the ceremonial first ticket.  The theme for this year’s Dinner is:

A New Era, The Same Cause…Justice!

 The 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on Sunday,
April 23, 2017 at Cobo Conference Center at 5 pm.
Tickets, tables and sponsorships are available.  For more information click the link 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner or call (313) 871-2087.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan purchases the ceremonial first ticket for the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan purchases the ceremonial first ticket for the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Senior Corporate Chair Gilbert

2017 Detroit Branch NAACP Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman, Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures with Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

General Co-Chair Jamjomar

Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony is joined by 2017 Detroit Branch NAACP Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Jim Thrower, President and CEO, Jamjomar, Inc; Joni Thrower, General Counsel, Jamjomar, Inc.; Marla Thrower, Owner and Operator, Jamjomar, Inc. and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

General Co-Chair UAW Region 1A

2017 Detroit Branch NAACP Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Rory Gamble, Director, UAW Region 1A, represented by Yvonne Cash

Urgent Action Alert — Don’t Stop Calling! Tell Your Senators to Vote No on DeVos

Call, email or fax your senator today and tell them to vote NO! on Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. 

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Click the link to read the full Action Alert — DeVos Action Alert

Detroit Branch NAACP 2017-2018 Executive Officers and Executive Committee

Congratulations to the Detroit Branch NAACP’s 2017-2018 Executive Officers and Executive Committee.  On Thursday, January 26, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Executive Committee and Executive Officers were sworn in for the 2017-2018 term.  Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony begins his historic 13th term as head of the largest NAACP branch in the Association.  Click the link below to read the full text from Rev. Anthony’s remarks.

2017-2018 Exec Board

Detroit Branch NAACP 2017-2018 Executive Officers and Executive Committee. (1st row, seated, from left to right) Indira Glass, Treasurer; John E. Johnson, Esq., 1st Vice President; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President; Alice G. Thompson, 3rd Vice President and LaKeisha Becton, Treasurer. Not pictured — James Settles, Jr., 2nd Vice President. (2nd row, standing, from left to right) Rev. Dr. Jeffery Robinson, Charles Nolen, Atty. Richard Mack, Heaster Wheeler, Katie Riley, Atty. Khalilah Spencer, James Jenkins, Jr. Jessica Care Moore, George Barnes, Jr. Kevin Tolbert, Kenneth Shapiro, Atty. Muddasar Tawakkul and Marvin Beatty. Not pictured — Hiram Jackson, Leon Richardson and the Honorable JoAnn Watson.

Click the link to read the remarks given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony Installation-Statement-2017.

Detroit NAACP Youth Council College Writing Workshop

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Join the Detroit NAACP Youth Council, in partnership with Grand Valley State University, for our College Writing Workshop on Wednesday, January 18 from
6-7:30 pm. The workshop is free and open to youth ages 12-18.  Refreshments will be served.