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.

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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.

 

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.