OFFICIAL PRESS STATEMENT
KEEP YOUR SPIT AND YOUR GARBAGE TO YOURSELF
Statement by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP
DETROIT – The recent attacks on the Denby High School football players during and after the game with some of the Almont High School fans and parents has no place on or off the field. On November 23, 2019, during the Division 5 state semifinal football game, racial slurs, cursing, spitting, and even some punching and pushing occurred. These actions were launched against the black football players from Denby High, a Detroit Public School. Investigations are now being conducted by both school districts. This behavior was according to some, due to the black players taking a knee during the national anthem. This caused some white parents and fans among the Almont supporters to get upset and to start verbal abuse. Perhaps we all need to be reminded that taking a knee is not illegal, un-american, un-patriotic, and certainly not violent. It is quite frankly legitimate and allowable as expressive conduct, and lawful behavior that offers a political opinion. Many suggest it is the constitutional equivalent of free speech. As a matter of fact according to the Supreme Court of the United States in Street vs. New York 1969, “The constitutionality guaranteed freedom to be intellectually diverse or even contrary and the right to differ as to things that touched the heart of the existing order, encompass the freedom to express publicly ones opinion about our flag including those opinions which are defiant or contentious.”
Click here — Keep Your Spit and Your Garbage to Yourself — to read the statement in it’s entirety.
Join the Detroit NAACP Youth Council for their 2nd Annual Haunted Open House. Come out for food, fun and to learn more about the Youth Council. This event is for youth ages 12-18. Join us for a scary good time!
For 22 years the Come to Tee Golf Outing & Benefit has supported our annual Afro-Academic Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) program that has provided over 1500 high school students in Detroit and Metro-Detroit scholarships and talent development opportunities. Students can compete in 32 different categories — STEM, Business, Performing Arts, Culinary Arts, Visuals Arts, and Humanities.
This nationally awarded enrichment program is designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among high school students. The ACT-SO program centers around the dedication and commitment of community volunteers and business leaders to serve as mentors and coaches for our year long enrichment program that promotes academic and artistic excellence among African-American and minority students.
By joining the #22For22 Challenge, you can help more high school students participate in the ACT-SO program. Twenty-two new teams for our 22nd Annual Outing will sell out this year’s golf course! Everyone that sales or purchases a new foursome by Aug. 27th, will receive a chance to win an overnight stay with breakfast at the luxurious Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI. Please see the packages below and reserve your hole today!
Foursome – $1,200
* 18 Holes of Golf
* Continental Breakfast
* Lunch at the Turn
* 5 Course Dinner Buffet
* Door Prizes and Special Gifts
Beginners Golf Clinic – $300 per person
Learn to Play Today!
* Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Door Prizes
* 3 Hour Group Professional Lesson
* 9 Holes of Golf
* Certificate Presented at the Banquet
Contact the Detroit Branch NAACP today to register or learn about sponsorship opportunities. Call (313) 871-2087 for more information or click the link http://detroitnaacp.org/events/come-to-tee/ to download this year’s 2018 Come to Tee Golf Brochure.
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.
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.