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.

 

Vice President Joe Biden to Deliver Remarks at the Detroit Branch NAACP’s 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference, Tuesday, April 7, announcing that Vice President Joe Biden will deliver remarks at the 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. The Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at Cobo Conference Center in Detroit.

“We are extremely pleased that Vice President Joe Biden has accepted our invitation to come to the City of Detroit in celebration of the 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner,” says Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP. “ As many may recall our first speaker was the Honorable Justice Thurgood Marshall.  It is historically inspiring that 60 years later a tradition of excellence and outstanding achievement in the cause of freedom and justice will be continued by our Vice President. We invite everyone to share in this historic moment.”

The theme for this year’s dinner, “Celebrating Freedom: Measured by Practice, Treasured by Sacrifice,” pays homage to 50 years since the historic march in Selma (Bloody Sunday) that paved the way for the signing of the Voting Rights Acts of 1965.

“General Motors is honored to support the Detroit Branch NAACP and all that it does to promote diversity and inclusion in our community,” says Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors Company and 2015 Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair.  “We salute Reverend Anthony and his team for their efforts.  We are also excited to have Vice President Biden deliver remarks and witness firsthand the comeback and teamwork throughout the City of Detroit.“

Additionally, Rev. Anthony announced this year’s special awardees.  They are:

  • Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Michigan, 13th District), who will receive the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award;
  • Attorney Benjamin Crump, who will receive the Ida B Wells Freedom and Justice Award;
  • Kary Moss, Executive Director, ACLU – Michigan, who will receive the Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Award;
  • Jessica Care Moore, Artist, Activist and Creator of Black Women Rock, who will receive the Great Expectations Award; and
  • Kevin Tolbert, Executive Director, UAW-Ford, National Programs Center, who will receive the Great Expectations Award.

 

 

60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Adds Two More General Co-Chairs

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The Detroit Branch NAACP welcomed Leon C. Richardson, President and CEO, ChemicoMays, LLC and Pamela Rodgers, President, Rodgers Chevrolet to the 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner leadership team.  Richardson and Rodgers will serve as General Co-Chairs.  They will join 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair, Mary T. Barra, CEO, General Motors Company; 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Chair, Dr. William Pickard, Global Automotive Alliance LLC and 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Charles Nolen, President, Michigan Black Bar Owners Association.

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Pamela Rodgers, President, Rodgers Chevrolet, presents a check for $25,000 to Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Director, Donnell R. White and Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony.

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Laroy Williams, CFO, ChenicoMays, LLC, representing Leon C. Richardson (not pictured), President and CEO, ChemicoMays, LLC presents a check for $25,000 to Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Director, Donnell R. White and Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony.

60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Kick-Off and Passing of the Gavel

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Detroit Branch NAACP 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Kick-Off and Passing of the Gavel ceremony held at the Roostertail. (from left to right) 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Hiram E. Jackson, CEO, Real Times Media and Publisher, Michigan Chronicle; 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Donna Stallings, Activist and Entrepreneur; 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Chair Michael T. Ritchie, President, Comerica Bank – Michigan; 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair Gary Torgow, Chairman, Talmer Bancorp, Inc.; Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony; Mayor Mike Duggan; 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair, Mary T. Barra, CEO, General Motors Company represented by Vivan Pickard, President, General Motors Foundation and Eric Peterson, U.S. Vice President, Diversity Dealer Relations, General Motors Company; 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Chair Dr. William Pickard, CEO, Global Automotive Alliance, LLC; 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Charles Nolen, President, Michigan Black Bar Owners Association; and Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Director Donnell White.

The Detroit Branch NAACP held its Kick-Off and Passing of the Gavel ceremony to officially launch the 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner on
Thursday, February 12, 2015.  The 2014 Chairs passed the gavel to the incoming 2015 Chairs. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan also purchased the first ceremonial ticket.  Additionally, the theme for the 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner was unveiled. This year’s theme is:

Celebrating Freedom:
Measured by Practice, Treasured by Sacrifice

The 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Cobo Conference Center. For tickets and sponsorship information please contact the Detroit Branch NAACP at (313) 871-2087.

2015 Senior Corporate Chair
Mary T. Barra, CEO, General Motors Company

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60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair, Mary T. Barra, CEO, General Motors Company represented by Vivan Pickard, President, General Motors Foundation and Eric Peterson, U.S. Vice President, Diversity Dealer Relations, General Motors Company present a check for $250,000.

2015 General Chair
Dr. William Pickard, CEO, Global Automotive Alliance, LLC

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60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Chair Dr. William Pickard presents a check for $100,000. (from left to right): Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; Don Allen, Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations, Global Automotive Alliance; Bregitte Baddock, Materials Manager, Vitec/Global Automotive Alliance; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Terri Moon, Executive Vice President, Vitec; Dr. William Pickard, CEO, Global Automotive Alliance, LLC and Sylvester Hester, Vice Chairman and Chief Operations Officer, Global Automotive Alliance, LLC.

2015 General Co-Chair
Charles Nolen, President, Michigan Black Bar Owners Association

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60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Chair Charles Nolen, President, Michigan Black Bar Owners Association presents a check for $25,000 to Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Director Donnell White and Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony.

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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan purchases the ceremonial 1st ticket for the 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. (from left to right): Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP and Mayor Duggan.

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Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair Gary Torgow, Chairman, Talmer Bancorp, Inc is presented with a plaque by Donnell White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.

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Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Chair Michael T. Ritchie, President, Comerica Bank-Michigan, is presented with a plaque by Donnell White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.

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Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Donna Stallings, Activist and Entrepreneur, is presented with a plaque by Donnell White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.

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Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Hiram E. Jackson, CEO, Real Times Media and Publisher, Michigan Chronicle, is presented with a plaque by Donnell White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.