Statement by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP
DETROIT (October 21, 2019) – “To everything there is a season and a time
to every purpose under the heaven,” Ecclesiastes 3:1. No, I am not
necessarily trying to go biblical, but I am trying to recall a more harmonious
time of the political. Former Governor William Milliken served our state and the nation
season that possessed
not just the harsh and cold indifference of winter, where hearts and minds were frozen. He also served
as a bit of sunshine. He had the ability to warm the heart and to cause
a spring like birth
of a different political discourse. He brought new life into an old game. As a teenager,
when Governor Milliken
took office, I didn’t always understand the nature of the political
games. Yet, as an activist student I understood who was for our community and who was against it. Governor Milliken
always impressed me as someone
who was for the people
and the city of Detroit.
It is indeed worth noting that two political giants have passed within one week of the other. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings of Baltimore and Governor William Milliken of Michigan. One was a Democrat and the other was a Republican. One was the son of South Carolina sharecroppers (Cummings) whose parents were poor and according to him “not well educated but yet still brilliant.” The other was the son of northern Michiganders (Milliken) whose parents were wealthy. His father was a mayor and state senator from Traverse City. His mother was a member of the school board. She was the first elected woman to serve public office there. Both Milliken and Cummings reached beyond themselves to work with and to deliver for all of the people. It was not just about party. It was really about principle.
The following press statement was issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony.
DETROIT – On June 1, 2009, President
Barack Obama said, “I also recognize the
importance of a viable auto industry to the well being of families
and communities across
our industrial Midwest
and across the United States. In the midst of a deep recession
and financial crisis the collapse of these companies would have been
devastating for countless Americans and done enormous damage to our economy
beyond the auto industry. It was also clear that if GM and Chrysler remade and
retooled themselves for the 21st century, it would be good for
American workers, good for American manufacturing, and good for America’s economy.”
In short, the president indicated, “Our goal is to get GM back on its feet, take a hands-off approach and get out quickly.” As a result, this commitment, following an initial investment of $15 billion dollars and an additional investment of $30 billion dollars in General Motors, an investment that entitled American taxpayers to the ownership of 60% of the new GM. This was done because of the tremendous sacrifices made by American workers and their families across this nation. Well, General Motors today is back on its feet as of August 1, 2019. CNBC indicates the company reported revenues of $36.1 billion. Shares of GM rose more than 7% over that last 12 months and are up more than 21% since the beginning of the year. The original estimation of revenues was $35.98 billion vs. an achieved $36.1 billion. This is an indication of a company that is doing well and is in a position to support, encourage and invest in the workers who have enabled it to achieve these goals.
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.
What good is a voice if you don’t use it?
What good is a vote if you don’t exercise it?
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.