Detroit Branch NAACP Hosts Successful 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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Over 300 youth came together for a special performance at this year’s 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

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(from left to right): U.S. Senator Carl Levin; U.S. Congressman Gary Peters; U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow; Shaun Robinson, Co-Host, Access Hollywood; Charles J. Ogletree Jr., Harvard Law Professor; Mayor Mike Duggan and Rev. Dr. William Barber, North Carolina State Conference NAACP President and Leader of Moral Mondays.

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59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Awardees (from left to right): Chris Gary, representing D-15; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Tonya Allen, President and CEO, Skillman Foundation; U.S. Congressman John Dingell;U.S. Senator Carl Levin; Rev. Dr. William Barber, President, North Carolina State Conference NAACP and Leader of Moral Monday and Ricardo Johnson, representing D-15.

The Detroit Branch NAACP hosted another successful Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner on Sunday , May 4, 2014 at Cobo Conference Center. Harvard Law Professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr. served as this year’s keynote speaker. United States Senator Carl Levin and United States Congressman John Dingell both received the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other awardees included Tonya Allen, President and CEO, Skillman Foundation, was the recipient of the Great Expectations Award; Rev. Dr. William Barber with the Ida B. Wells Freedom and Justice Award and Detroit 15 (D-15) with the Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Award. Special Guests to this year’s Dinner were Shaun Robinson, co-host of 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 12 Years A Slave.

One of the many highlights of the evening included a special performance by over 300 youth which made everyone Happy!

The Detroit Branch NAACP would like to thank all of the Dinner Chairs, sponsors, top ticket sellers, volunteers, Executive Committee and staff who helped to make the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner a success!

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.
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Detroit Branch NAACP Announces Honorees for 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference to announce the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement and Freedom and Justice Awardees for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. For the first time the Detroit Branch NAACP will have two James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement recipients. The James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement awardees are United States Congressman John Dingell (D-Michigan, 12th District) and United States Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan). North Carolina State Conference NAACP President Rev. Dr. William Barber, leader of the Moral Mondays protest in North Carolina will receive the Ida B. Wells Barnett Freedom and Justice Award. Detroit 15 (D-15), advocates for fair wages for fast food and retail workers, will receive the Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Award.

During the press conference Talmer Bancorp, Inc was also announced as the Senior Corporate Chair and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan purchased the ceremonial first ticket.

To read Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony’s press statement

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please click the link below. Tickets, tables and sponsorships are available now! For more information please call (313) 871-2087.

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Front Row (from left to right)
Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Donna Stallings, Community Activist and Entrepreneur and Linda Forte, Senior Vice President, Comerica Bank representing 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Chair Michael T. Ritchie, President, Michigan Market, Comerica Bank.
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David Provost, President and CEO, Talmer Bancorp Inc.; Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate

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Chair Gary Torgow, Chairman, Talmer Bancorp Inc.; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Hiram Jackson, CEO, Real Times Media and Publisher, The Michigan Chronicle and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

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Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP presents Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan with the ceremonial first ticket for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Detroit Branch NAACP Hosts Kick-Off for 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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.

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Holding the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Ceremonial 1st Ticket are (from left to right) Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; Dr. O’Neil Swanson, Owner, Swanson Funeral Home; Atty. Melvin Butch Hollowell, Corporation Counsel, City of Detroit; Honorable Brenda Jones, Council President, Detroit City Council; Honorable Andre Spivey, Council Member, Detroit City Council and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.

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Detroit Branch NAACP announced Comerica Bank as the General Chair for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. (from left to right) Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; Patricia McCann, Vice President/National Civic Affairs Manager, Comerica Bank and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.

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Guests at the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Kick-Off at the Roostertail.

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Detroit Branch NAACP recognized Leon Richardson, President and CEO, ChemicoMays, LLC for serving as the General Co-Chair for the 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. Accepting the award on Mr. Richardson’s behalf was LaRoy Williams.

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Gregory Jackson, President and CEO, Prestige Automotive — Jackson Automotive Management is acknowledged for serving as General Co-Chair for the 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Wrap Up Meeting and May General Membership Meeting

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 

Michigan State Representative Ellen Lipton gives information on what her FOIA requests of the EAA revealed.

Community Activist Helen Moore talks about her education advocacy work on behalf of Detroit’s children.

Detroit Branch NAACP 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Another Success!

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

 

 

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to Serve as Keynote Speaker for 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

 

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

Bankole Thompson

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. 

 

Detroit Branch NAACP Host and Hostess Program

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.