National NAACP will kick off its seven city listening tour, NAACP Forward, in Detroit on Thursday, August 24 at 6 pm at Greater New Mt. Moriah located at 586 Owen. NAACP Forward is a part of the organization’s strategic plan for the future, enhancing its mission, vision, and fight for civil rights amidst a swirling climate of political hostility, voter suppression, income inequality, mass incarceration, police brutality and anti-immigrant sentiment. The national listening tour is free and open to the public. Greater New Mt. Moriah is the home church for previous Senior Pastor and NAACP Executive Director Benjamin Hooks.
Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony has issued the following press statement in regards to the request for detailed state voter data from President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
As the nation observes Independence Day, it is important to remember the words of one of our founders Thomas Jefferson who said,
“In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
At this most critical time in our nation’s history, it is important for all of us to stand like a rock, to defend and protect our freedom and democracy. Michigan should join the ten other states along with the District of Columbia in non-compliance with this bogus request regarding voter data information. California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Virginia have all indicated their intentions not to comply. It is also most interesting that Kansas, the home state of the Vice Chair of this commission Kris Kobach, has also rejected and indicated their non- compliance. Even Texas has joined in the chorus of those who refuse to submit to this unconstitutional violation of citizen’s privacy, laws, and election integrity.
Please click the link Official Press Statement – Election Integrity to read the statement in its entirety.
The following press statement was issued by National NAACP in regards to the the U.S, withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.
June 1, 2017 (Baltimore, Maryland) – The NAACP is deeply disappointed by the announcement today by President Donald J. Trump that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Despite this disastrous step backwards for our nation, the NAACP resolves to not only do its part to adhere to the tenets of the Paris Agreement, but also to continue to fight for environmental justice.
“There’s no way around it – this decision by the Trump Administration is not only a rejection of the undeniable science that has proven climate change exists, but also will send our nation and our planet down a path that will only lead to catastrophic destruction. In these dark times, one thing is for certain: the United States may be out of the Paris Agreement, but the NAACP is going to be all in for equity and our environment, now more than ever before,” said Leon W. Russell, chairman of the Board of Directors.
Please click the link U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Agreement to read the statement in its entirety.
The Detroit Branch NAACP invites you to our Energy Justice Training and Roundtable on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Please join us and come learn more about how to become an advocate around Energy and Environmental Justice. During this event there will also be training sessions on Accessing Solar Energy in Urban Communities and representatives offering tips on lowering your utility/energy bills. The Roundtable discussion will be with leaders in the Environmental and Energy justice field, the Michigan Public Service Commission and DTE Energy. This event is being Co-sponsored by Vote Solar and the Environmental Law and Policy Center.
The event is free, but registration is required. Please click the link Detroit Branch NAACP Energy Justice Training and Roundtable to register.
Please see the attached press statement given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the Detroit Public Schools Community District School Board Superintendent search.
DETROIT – The Detroit Public Schools Community District continues to face challenges as well as opportunities to both stabilize and move our school district to higher academic heights. It is a school district that has been plagued by financial, academic, and personnel obstacles. The newly elected Board of Education is to be commended for its efforts to bring to solvency, as well as to re-establish the school district of Detroit into a first class, academically proficient, and student- learning center for the people in this community.
Click the link Official Press Statement – DPSCD Search for Superintendent to read the statement in it’s entirety.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click the link ACT-SO to learn more about the competition enrichment sessions and download the application and category guidelines.