Detroit Branch NAACP’s 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, APRIL 23 AT 5 PM AT COBO CONFERENCE CENTER!

To purchase tickets call 313-871-2087 or click here 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner to download a ticket response form!

Congresswoman Maxine Waters to Receive James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award at 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA, 43rd District) will receive the Detroit Branch NAACP’s James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.  The Dinner will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 5 pm at Cobo Conference and Convention Center in Detroit.  In addition to honoring Congresswoman Waters, Jane C. Garcia, Board Chair, Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development (LASED) will receive the Ida B. Wells Freedom and Justice Award.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) will serve as this year’s Keynote speaker.  Additional honorees include Sally Yates, former U.S. Attorney General, who will receive the Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Award; and Great Expectations Awardees — Angelique Peterson-Mayberry, Vice President, Detroit Public Schools Community District School Board and the Eastern Michigan University Black Student Union and NAACP Chapter.

There will also be a special tribute to women performed by the Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Youth Entertainment Corp.  All women attendees to the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner are encouraged to wear white.

“We are excited to honor Congresswoman Waters with the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award,” says Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.  “Her career of public service has been dedicated to speaking truth to power and we applaud her for not backing down and continuing to be a much needed voice and advocate for all.  We are also please to uplift LASED Board Chair Jane Garcia.  She remains steadfast and vigilant in working for justice for our Latino brothers and sisters.  The place to be on Sunday April 23 is the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner to hear from this powerful line up speakers and awardees committed to freedom and justice.”

To purchase tickets, tables and sponsorships please call 313-871-2087 or click this link to download ticket forms — 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren to Serve As Keynote Speaker for 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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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
Sally Yates
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.

62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Kick-Off and Passing of the Gavel

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62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Passing of the Gavel at the Roostertail. (from left to right) 2017 General Co-Chair Rory Gamble, Director, UAW Region 1A represented by Yvonne Cash; 2017 General Co-Chair Jim Thrower, President & CEO, Jamjomar, Inc.; 2017 Senior Corporate Chair Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman, Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Honorable Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

The Detroit Branch NAACP held its Kick-Off and Passing of the Gavel ceremony at the Roostertail to officially launch the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.  During the kick-off the 2017 Dinner Chairs were announced, this year’s Dinner theme was unveiled and Mayor Mike Duggan purchased the ceremonial first ticket.  The theme for this year’s Dinner is:

A New Era, The Same Cause…Justice!

 The 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on Sunday,
April 23, 2017 at Cobo Conference Center at 5 pm.
Tickets, tables and sponsorships are available.  For more information click the link 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner or call (313) 871-2087.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan purchases the ceremonial first ticket for the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan purchases the ceremonial first ticket for the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Senior Corporate Chair Gilbert

2017 Detroit Branch NAACP Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman, Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures with Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

General Co-Chair Jamjomar

Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony is joined by 2017 Detroit Branch NAACP Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Jim Thrower, President and CEO, Jamjomar, Inc; Joni Thrower, General Counsel, Jamjomar, Inc.; Marla Thrower, Owner and Operator, Jamjomar, Inc. and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

General Co-Chair UAW Region 1A

2017 Detroit Branch NAACP Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Rory Gamble, Director, UAW Region 1A, represented by Yvonne Cash

Detroit Branch NAACP Announces Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the Keynote Speaker for the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference on Monday, April 11 to announce the Keynote Speaker and Awardees for the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.  Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was announced as the Keynote Speaker.  In addition to announcing Secretary Clinton the following awardees were also announced:

2016 James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Awardee
Honorable James Clyburn
Congressman, United States House of Representatives (D-SC)

2016 Ida B. Wells Freedom and Justice Awardee
Ivy Bailey
President, Detroit Federation of Teachers

2016 Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Awardee
Honorable Goeff Hansen
Michigan State Senator (34th District)

2016 Great Expectations Awardees

  • Shaka Senghor
    Author, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison
  • Honorable Mary Sheffield
    Councilwoman, City of Detroit

Please click the link 61st Annual FFFFD Keynote and Awardees Announcement to read the official press statement given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony.NAACP-3

Tickets Are Available Now for the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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Purchase your tickets today for the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner, which will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Cobo Conference Center.  Stay tuned for upcoming exciting announcements on this year’s Keynote Speaker and Awardees.

Detroit Branch NAACP Hosts Kick-Off Reception and Passing of the Gavel for 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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Detroit Branch NAACP 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Kick-Off Reception and Passing of the Gavel (from left to right) 2016 Senior Corporate Chair Ford Motor Company & UAW-Ford represented by James Settles, Vice President, United Auto Workers; Angelique Peterson Mayberry, Director, Community Relations, UAW-Ford; Burt Jordan, Vice President, Global Vehicle, Powertrain Purchasing and Supplier Diversity Development, Ford Motor Company; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Chairs represented by Eric Peterson, U.S. Vice President, Diversity Dealer Relations, General Motors Company; Trynda Thomas, HR Generalist, ChemicoMays LLC and Charles Nolen, Past President, Michigan Black Bar Owners Association.

The Detroit Branch NAACP held its Kick-Off reception and Passing of the Gavel ceremony on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the Roostertail in Detroit.  The Kick-Off Reception and Passing of the Gavel ceremony officially begins the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner season.  During the event the 2015 Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Chairs made the official transition to the 2016 Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner leadership team.  During this year’s event Ford Motor Company & UAW-Ford were announced as the 2016 Senior Corporate Chair.  Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony also unveiled the theme for the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.  This year’s theme is:

Let America Be America Again

The 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 5 p.m. at Cobo Conference Center.  For tickets, sponsorships or more information please call (313) 871-2087 or send an email to freedomfund@detroitnaacp.org.

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Mayor Mike Duggan purchasing the ceremonial 1st ticket to the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Kick-Off Reception and Passing of the Gavel. He is joined by (from left to right) Donnell White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; Burt Jordan, Vice President, Global Vehicle, Powertrain Purchasing and Supplier Diversity Development, Ford Motor Company and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.

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Attendees at the Kick-Off Reception and Passing of the Gavel for the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Where Would We Be Without The Fight For Freedom?

 

The Detroit Branch NAACP hosted the Honorable Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall at our first Freedom Fund Dinner.  We continue on in a tradition of excellence and outstanding achievement as we welcome Vice President Joe Biden to deliver this year’s keynote remarks.