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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.

 

 

Detroit Branch NAACP’s Political Education Committee to Host “Lunch & Learn” Featuring Former U.S. Senator Carl Levin

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Lunch & Learn
with former U.S. Senator Carl Levin

Cost: $25.00
Friday, April 10, 2015

11:30 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
Detroit Branch NAACP
8220 Second Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
Reserve Your Spot Today by calling (313) 664-2422

Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Program is Now Accepting Applications

DID YOU MISS THE DEADLINE TO COMPETE IN THE DETROIT BRANCH NAACP ACT-SO COMPETITION?

If so, don’t worry, you have an opportunity to compete in the Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Competition. Just click on the flier below to download an application and review category guidelines.

2015-Act-SO-FinalThe Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO competition will be held on
Saturday, April 18, 2015.  To compete in this competition all applications must be received by Wednesday, April 11, 2015. 

REMEMBER! Click the flier above to download the application and access category guidelines and criteria. For more information please call (313) 871-2087, ext. 2406.

Detroit Branch NAACP’s Legal Redress Committee to Host March “Ask the Lawyer” Program with the Congress of Communities

The Detroit Branch NAACP’s Legal Redress Committee presents:

Ask the Lawyer

FREE and Open to the Public for 10-15 minute legal consultations

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
10:30 a.m — 3:00 p.m.

Hosted by: Congress of Communities
8638 W. Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

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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.

Detroit Branch NAACP ACT-SO Competition

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Detroit Branch NAACP ACT-SO Competition is Saturday, March 28, 2015!

Download your application today.  ACT-SO, is open to all high school students in grades 9-12.  Click the EVENTS tab above and select the Afro Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics link to download the application and the category guidelines.

The application deadline is Saturday, March 21, 2015. 

Detroit Branch NAACP 2015-2016 Installation Ceremony

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(first row, seated, from left to right) Michael Turner; Kevin Tolbert; George P. Barnes, Jr; Detroit Branch NAACP 1st Vice President, Atty. John E. Johnson, Jr.; Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony; Detroit Branch NAACP 3rd Vice President, Alice Thompson; Detroit Branch NAACP Secretary, Dr. Shekitra Green; Detroit Branch NAACP Treasurer, Indira Glass and Detroit NAACP Youth Council President, Lauren Smith.
(second row, standing, from left to right) Atty. Khalilah Spencer; Kenneth Shapiro; Marvel Cheeks; LaKeisha Becton; James Jenkins, Jr; Atty. Richard Mack; Atty. Muddasar Tawakkul; Leon Richardson; Kenneth Harris; Heaster Wheeler and Rashida Tlaib.
Not pictured — Detroit Branch NAACP 2nd Vice President, James Settles; Marvin Beatty; Willie Hampton; Hiram Jackson and Katie Riley.

The Detroit Branch NAACP held its Installation Ceremony for the 2015-2016 term for Detroit Branch NAACP Elected Officers and Executive Committee Members.  Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, was sworn in for his 12th term and provided remarks on the direction of the Detroit Branch NAACP for the next two years.  Click the link Installation Speech 1-29-15  to read the full remarks.

Condolences to the Families of the Slain New York City Police Officers

The Coalition for Justice and Fairness to Reform Law Enforcement issued the following press statement regarding the two slain New York City Police Officers.

DETROIT — The recent shooting deaths of two New York City police officers, Wenjain Liu and Rafael Ramos, leave us both with a sense of deep sorrow and sincere condolences to their families and friends. The killings of these police officers reportedly by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, in no way reflects the thinking or the purpose of any of us who are concerned about the ongoing relations between law enforcement and the communities in which they serve. We neither condone, support, excuse, nor encourage such actions. We do not believe that all police officers are bad nor do we subscribe to all protesters being good. While we condemn the actions of any who take the lives of innocent people, it is precisely why we must come together as people of goodwill to try and develop programs and strategies that bring us together as a community…

Click the link to read the entire statement — Coalition Press Statement 12_22_14

 

Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony Elected to Remarkable 12th Term As Detroit Branch NAACP President

Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony has been re-elected as president of the Detroit Branch NAACP. The Detroit Branch NAACP held elections for its Branch Officers and Executive Committee Members to for the 2015-2016 term in late November. The results of the election were announced during the December 18, 2014 General Membership Meeting. Rev. Anthony will begin his 12th term as Detroit Branch NAACP President with an installation service scheduled for January 22, 2015. Rev. Anthony is the longest serving President in Detroit Branch NAACP history.

Click the link to read the full press release — Press Release — Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony Elected to Remarkable 12th Term As Detroit Branch NAACP President