The Detroit Branch NAACP held its kick-off for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner on Wednesday, January 15 at the Roostertail. The kick-off was held to recognize and thank the Dinner Chairs from the 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner and introduce the theme and Dinner Chairs for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.
Comerica Bank was announced as the General Chair for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. The theme for this year’s Dinner is:
1964 -2014…50 Years Later
One Man’s Commitment…One Nation’s Promise
The theme encompasses several major events that happened in 1964 – the jailing of Nelson Mandela in South Africa because of his commitment to freedom, justice and equality; the signing of the Civil Rights Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson and the launch of the War on Poverty. It also reflects the promise of American democracy in the election of President Barack Obama.
The 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Cobo Conference Center in Detroit. For more information on tickets and sponsorships please call 313-871-2087.
The Detroit Branch NAACP held a joint meeting for its Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Committee Wrap Up and May General Membership Meeting. The meeting was hosted by Juliette Okotie-Eboh, Vice President, Community Affairs, MGM Grand Detroit. Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Committee Members were thanked for their hard work on the 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. Additionally, State Representative Ellen Lipton (District 27) and Community Activist Helen Moore were the featured speakers for the General Membership Meeting. Both guests addressed education and the Education Achievement Authority (EAA). Representative Lipton provided details into her recent Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests made to the EAA and the revelation that the Detroit Public Schools has signed off on $12 million worth of loans to the EAA. Helen Moore spoke on the continued efforts she and her group, Keep the Vote No Takeover, are leading to provide access to a quality education for all of Detroit’s children. To view the FOIA documents please visit http://027.housedems.com/resources/publications
The Detroit Branch NAACP 58th Annual Fiight For Freedom Fund Dinner was another success! Thank you to our guests, sponsors, supporters and volunteers. Here are just a few highlights from the Dinner. Stay tuned for more to come.
Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP, 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Keynote Speaker Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader and Donnell White, Executive Director Detroit Branch NAACP.
2013 Ida. B. Wells Freedom and Justice Awardee Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Congressman John Conyers, Rev. Anthony and Mary Blackmon, Chair, Detroit Branch NAACP Art & Essay Committee with the 23rd Annual Art & Essay Winners.
Great crowd at the 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner!
Photos courtesy of Andre Smith and Rogers Foster
Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony announced U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) as the Keynote Speaker for the 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. The Detroit Branch NAACP 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Cobo Conference Center. Congresswoman Pelosi is the first woman to ever serve as Speaker of the House. She served as Speaker of the House from 2007-2011.
In addition to announcing Congresswoman Pelosi as the Keynote Speaker Rev. Anthony also announced the following award recipients:
2013 Great Expectations Awardee
Senior Editor, Michigan Chronicle
2013 Great Expectations Awardee
Dean Jocelyn Benson
Dean, Wayne State University Law School
2013 Ida B. Wells Freedom and Justice Awardee
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Professor, Georgetown University and Author
2013 Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Awardee
Honorable JoAnn Watson
Councilwoman, City of Detroit
For more information on purchasing tickets, tables and sponsorships please call 313-871-2087.
Are you a high schooler or do you know of a high schooler between the ages of 15-19 who need community service hours? Then make sure they attend the Detroit NAACP Youth Council Meeting this Wednesday, March 20 at 6:00 P.M. to sign up to be a Host and Hostess for the 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. Not only do the young people receive community service hours for their service but we provide them with excellent customer service skills training. The Youth Council Meeting/Host and Hostess Training will be held at the Detroit Branch NAACP office located at 8220 Second Avenue. They must complete 3 trainings to receive the 80 hours of community service and be 15 by April 20. For more information please call 313-664-2406.
On March 5, 2013 the Detroit Branch NAACP Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Committee met at Fellowship Chapel in preparation of the event on April 28, 2013. Greetings were brought from Mrs. Jacki Jackson on behalf of Mr. Greg Jackson, President & CEO of Prestige Automotive – Jackson Automotive Group and 2013 General Co-Chair, and Mr. James Davis on behalf of Mr. Leon Richardson, President & CEO of Chemico-Mays LLC and 2013 General Co-Chair.
Each year in preparation of the Annual Dinner the Detroit Branch NAACP hosts these meetings for top ticket sellers to the event. These meetings keep the momentum going as the City prepares for the grand occasion. To become involved, please contact the Detroit Branch NAACP at (313) 871-2087. Tickets to the event are available for purchase.