Detroit Branch NAACP and Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Master Class

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The Detroit Branch NAACP and Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Program is looking for talented high school students!

ACT-SO , which stands for Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific, Olympics, is an Olympics of the Mind.  It is a competition open to all high school students in the areas of:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Humanities
  • Performing Arts
  • Sciences
  • Visual Arts

To prepare for our upcoming 2014-2015 ACT-SO season we are hosting Master Classes.  The purpose of the Master Class is to help potential contestants prepare for the competition.  The topic of our first Master Class will be Public Speaking.

Join us on:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

10:00 A.M.

Detroit Branch NAACP 

8220 Second Avenue

Detroit, MI 48202

(313) 871-2087

Detroit Branch NAACP Presents A Special Forum on the State of Relations Between Communities of Color and Law Enforcement

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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

Detroit Branch NAACP Announces Harvard Law Professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr. as Keynote Speaker

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The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference to announce Professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr. as the Keynote Speaker for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. Ogletree is a well known lawyer, civil rights educator, author, constitutional expert and people motivator. He is the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and is the Founder and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice.

Another special highlight announced for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner was the Youth Entertainment Corp. The Freedom Fund Dinner Youth Entertainment Corp will receive an opportunity to perform at the Freedom Fund Dinner. It is open to youth ages 15-19. All interested youth should attend the Detroit NAACP Youth Council Meeting on Wednesday, April 16 at 6:00 P.M. at the Detroit Branch NAACP office.

Additionally, Tonya Allen, President and CEO, Skillman Foundation was announced as this year’s recipient of the Great Expectations Award. Special Guests to this year’s Dinner will include Shaun Robinson Co-Host Access Hollywood and Bryan Smiley, former Detroit Branch NAACP ACT-SO contestant and currently the Manager of Home Entertainment and New Business Development for New Regency Productions at 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers. Smiley was instrumental in paving the way for industry support of 12 Years a Slave.

The 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 4 at 5:00 P.M. at Cobo Conference Center. For more information please call (313) 871-2087.

Click the link to read the full text of Detroit Branch NAACP’s President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony’s remarks given during the press conference.
Keynote Speaker Press Statement


Detroit Branch NAACP Art/Essay and ACT-SO Deadlines are Fast Approaching

FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014

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.  Students are competing for an opportunity to win cash prizes, and for their winning entries to be displayed during the Detroit Branch NAACP’s 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. The deadline for the contest is Friday, March 21, 2014.

24th Annual Art & Essay Packet


Did you miss the Detroit Branch NAACP ACT-SO Competition?  If so, don’t worry.  The Detroit NAACP Youth Council is hosting an ACT-SO Competition as well.  The application deadline for the Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Competition is Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Detroit NAACP Youth Council 2014 ACT-SO Brochure
Detroit NAACP Youth Council 2014 ACT-SO Application

Once you complete the application then click this link to learn about the criteria for each category —

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Detroit Branch NAACP February General Membership Meeting and Education Forum

Please join the Detroit Branch NAACP for our February General Membership Meeting and Education Forum.

What are the education topics that matter to you?
How do we create solutions that work?

Thursday, February 27, 2014
6:00 P.M.
Second Baptist
441 Monroe St,
Detroit, MI 48226
In partnership with:

  • AFT Michigan
  • ACLU Michigan
  • Black Family Development
  • Youth Voice

    Refreshments will be served. Free Parking is available in the garage that is located directly across from the Atheneum Hotel on Brush St between Lafayette and Monroe. The church is able to validate tickets from this garage only.

    For more information please call (313) 871-2087



Detroit Branch NAACP General Membership Meeting and Affordable Care Act Panel Discussion

Join the Detroit Branch NAACP on Thursday, December 19 at 6:00 P.M. at Northwest Activities Center (located at 18100 Meyers in Detroit) for the final General Membership meeting of 2013 and a panel discussion on the Affordable Care Act. Panelists will include representatives from Blue Cross Blue Shield and National NAACP’s Health Advocate. This is your chance to ask questions and be informed on how the Affordable Care Act can work for you.

Celebration of the Life of “Madiba” Nelson Mandela

The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Shahida Mausi-Johnson from The Right Productions to unveil the plans for the special tribute to honor the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.  The tribute will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2013 from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.  at the Music Hall Center for Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public, but does require tickets.  For more information please read the following press statement. (Photos courtesy of Kwabena Shabu CCSD/Detroit)

Press Statement — Celebration of Nelson Mandela

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Detroit Branch NAACP Joins the World in Mourning the Passing of Nelson Mandela

Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, issued the following statement regarding the passing of Nelson Mandela. May his spirit continue to live on amongst each one of us.

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Detroit Branch NAACP and Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Master Classes

Are you a high school student or connected to a high school student who is a budding chemist, scientist, engineer or doctor? If you are or know of one then we encourage you to sign up and register for the Detroit Branch NAACP and Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Master Class. ACT-SO is the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics of the Mind competition for high school students. There are five categories high school students can compete in: Science, Entrepreneurship, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Humanities. As we prepare for the 2014 ACT-SO season we are offering enrichment Master Classes to help get our future ACT-SO Olympians ready for our 2014 local competitions. ACT-SO contestants are competing for a chance to win Bronze, Silver or Gold Medals. Gold Medal winners qualify for the National NAACP ACT-SO Competition that will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada in July 2014. The first Master Class will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. — 12:00 P.M. at the Detroit Branch NAACP Office. The focus will be on the Science Category. The Master Class will give you an opportunity to meet experts in the Science field, ask questions to help you prepare for the competition, and receive tips and pointers on presentation.

Sign up today by either emailing or calling 313-664-2406. act-soflyermasterclass1

MI State Conference NAACP Hosts 77th Annual State Convention

September 20-22, 2013 the Michigan State Conference hosted its 77th Annual State Convention with the theme, “We Shall Not Be Moved.” The convention was hosted in Kalamazoo, MI by the Kalamazoo Branch NAACP. As members of the NAACP from all branches gathered, they discussed critical issues in the community and the state of Michigan.

Rev. Dr. William Barber II, Keynote speaker for the Freedom Awards Dinner, President of the North Carolina State Conference NAACP, and leader of the Moral Mondays Movement.

Events throughout the weekend included a public mass meeting with Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, the VP of Strategic Relations for the National NAACP, a Youth & College luncheon key noted by Brandon Jessup, Chairman of Michigan Forward Urban Affairs Group, and workshops for the Affordable Care Act, Voter Empowerment and Civic Engagement, and Environmental Justice and Protection. The weekend culminated with the Freedom Awards Dinner key noted by Rev. Dr. William Barber II, President of the North Carolina State Conference NAACP and leader of the Moral Mondays’ movement.

Additionally, at the State Convention new leaders were elected to office. The officers for the MI State Conference NAACP are below:

MI State Conference President Yvonne White being sworn in with grandson Brian White, Jr.

Newly elected leadership of the MI State Conference NAACP

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  • President, Yvonne White (Detroit)
  • 1st Vice President, Jeanette Henegan (Lenawee County)
  • 2nd Vice President, General Holiefield (SW Detroit)
  • 3rd Vice President, Frances Gilcreast (Flint)
  • 4th Vice Presidnet, Robert Dunklin (Albion)
  • Treasurer, Katie Riley (Detroit)
  • Secretary, Juanita Taylor (Port Huron)

Newly Elected Leadership of the MI State Conference Youth & College Divison

MI State Conference NAACP Youth & College Division

  • President, Kayla Jones (Grand Valley State University)
  • 1st Vice President, Dorthea Thomas (Eastern MI University)
  • 2nd Vice President, Darnell Coleman (Grand Valley State University)
  • Secretary, Rebecca Williams (Grand Valley State University)
  • Treasurer, Myles Long (Detroit NAACP Youth Council)

The Detroit Branch NAACP would like to congratulate all of the newly installed officers, and the MI State Conference NAACP on a powerful State Convention.

2nd Vice President Myles Long, Advisor Kamilia Landrum, and President Gregory Harrison, represent the Detroit NAACP Youth Council at the 77th MI State Convention