Detroit NAACP Brings Celebrity Star Power to 64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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DETROIT (April 9. 2019)  – The 64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner promises to be one of excitement, high energy, and full of surprises. The stars will shine brightly on Sunday, May 5, 2019. We are pleased to announce a special red- carpet pathway for those attending the Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. For many who have never had the red- carpet experience this is designed to make everyone attending feel special and important for this historic event. The red carpet will be held from 3:00 – 4:30 pm on Freedom Sunday.

We are pleased to announce that one of Americas foremost journalists and White House correspondent will be in attendance to receive our very special Ida B. Wells Freedom & Justice Award. She is known for her piercing questions, unrelenting pursuit of truth and transparency. She has often been chided by the President of the United States as a trouble maker and has been told to “sit down” and ask no further questions in press briefings at the White House. She is an author, writer, and Washington D.C., bureau chief of American Urban Radio Networks. She is a political analyst for CNN and was named as the Journalist of the Year in 2017 by the National Association of Black Journalists. She has covered four presidential administrations. The recipient of this prestigious award is of course journalist April Ryan.

There will be no shortage of star power at this year’s dinner. One of our very special guests is the recipient of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. He has appeared in more than 100 films, including Menace to Society, Dead Presidents, Next Friday, Friday After Next, and Ray. He has played Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the film Selma, Lord, Selma. He guest starred in the Heat of the Night and Murder She Wrote. He is also a philanthropist and an advocate for those in the criminal justice system. We are pleased to welcome television and film star Clifton Powell to the city of Detroit.

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Detroit NAACP Brings Celebrity Star Power to
64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

United States Senator Kamala Harris Will Serve as Keynote Speaker for 64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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DETROIT (March 26, 2019) — The Detroit Branch NAACP has once again arrived at a historic moment. We are now on the eve of our 64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. The dinner is scheduled for Sunday, May 5, at 5pm, at the Cobo Convention Center, soon to be renamed the Chemical Bank Center.

This year will be one of the most exciting years to date. As you know, this is more than just a dinner. It is an assembly and networking opportunity to bring together persons from all walks of life. It includes business, community, faith-based, labor, grassroots, and the professional fruit from around the nation. This event is one of the jewels of the city of Detroit. No other city in America assembles together through a civil rights organization the number of people with the diversity and community outreach as the Detroit Branch NAACP.

This year we are particularly pleased as we will honor an individual whose very name and international fame is synonymous with a lifetime of achievement. He is a native Detroiter, graduate of Detroit Public Schools, former president of the Detroit Branch NAACP, and former president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. Recognized by many as a lecturer, preacher, orator, and mentor, he is of course the Harvard Hooper, better known as the Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams, Senior Pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church. He will receive the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award.

As is our tradition, the Detroit Branch casts a very wide net in the grassroots community and entertainment world. This year, we will honor a man who is an entertainer and creative artist. He has sold over 35 million albums worldwide, 5 Grammy award nominations, and 45 Billboard Hot 100 songs under his belt. He is the visionary behind two thriving record labels, KonLive and Konvict Muzik. He has produced for both Lady Gaga and T-Pain. Forbes Magazine recognized him among its 100 celebrities list in 2010. Pepsi chose him to produce Oh Africa for the 2010 World Cup. Yet, it is not just for his entertainment, but it is for his enlightenment to build lighting in over 15 African nations. He is also spreading his Lighting Africa Project to the United States. He is a community person who is moved beyond entertainment to what is known as “edutainment.”.

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Detroit Branch NAACP Announces Lineup for
64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

Rogue State Legislators and the Theft of Democracy

DETROIT (December 6, 2018) – One has to wonder whether or not we actually had midterm elections in 2018. The recent actions by Republican led state legislatures in Michigan and Wisconsin, and election controversy in North Carolina raise serious questions about maintaining the integrity of our electoral process. The actions now taken to undercut the election in the state of Michigan by the Republican dominated state legislature is more crooked than the great train robberies committed by Jesse and Frank James in the Missouri territories. The only thing the legislature in Michigan lacks is a face mask and a six shooter.

One of the framers of our democracy Thomas Jefferson said, “Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.” During this “shame duck session,” some members of the Michigan House don’t seem to care nor are they acting as if the people are looking. They are robbing the citizens who voted overwhelmingly for Proposal 2 (Voters Not Politicians), 67-33%, designed to end the practice of gerrymandering. They are attempting to rob the people of their affirmative decision in Proposal 3 (Promote the Vote), 61-39%, designed to provide greater voter access. This is no more than a political heist of the highest order. The plan is to undercut the power of incoming Governor-Elect Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State-Elect Jocelyn Benson, and Attorney General-Elect Dana Nessel. In other words, they are attempting to steal the power of Michiganders who voted to change the political direction in Michigan.

Click here — Press Statement — Rogue State Legislators and the Theft of Democracy to read the statement in it’s entirety.

Detroit Branch NAACP Announces Blue Ribbon Host Committee for 2019 National NAACP Convetion

The following press statement was given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony during a press conference held on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

DETROIT (December 6, 2018) – The Detroit Branch NAACP is pleased to announce plans for 2019 as we host the 110th National Convention of the NAACP, July 20-24, 2019, here in the city of Detroit. Next month, we will also be announcing plans for the 64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner, scheduled for May 5, 2019. Today we welcome to our city NAACP President, Attorney Derrick Johnson, and other members of our Executive Board. As Detroit hosts the annual convention, it will send a signal to the rest of the nation that ALL ROADS REALLY DO LEAD TO DETROIT.

We are very excited about our special Blue-Ribbon Host Committee, chaired by Mr. Gerard Anderson, CEO of DTE Energy, led by Mr. Jerry Norcia, President of DTE Energy. DTE has been a leading partner with the NAACP locally and is expanding its reach to include an even more prominent national partnership as well. Ms. Nancy Moody, DTE Energy Vice President of Public Affairs, has been an energizing partner in plans for our 110th annual convention.

Click here — Press Statement — Detroit Branch NAACP Announces Blue Ribbon Host Committee for 2019 National NAACP Convention to read the press statement in its entirety.

#HeatUpTheMovement and Support the Detroit Branch NAACP on #GivingTuesday

On this #GivingTuesday we are asking for your help to #HeatUpTheMovement. We need to repair one of our heating and cooling units. The cost to repair the unit is $20,000. Please consider making a donation to #TakeTheChillOffTheBill!

In the summer of 2007 the Detroit Branch NAACP moved into our current home on Second Ave. This move helped us to stay centrally located and to serve the Detroit community even better. Previously, we had to rent space for any community event we hosted, but this building allows us to operate our programming in house. Our building is used to host free youth programs for leadership development and employment, community meetings for seniors and small organizations without a home, provide an open door for people who need help filing discrimination complaints, and respond quickly to social justice crises that arise in our communities. This building is crucial to helping us continue to be the leading NAACP Branch in the country.

Your donation today will help us repair one of the three units needed to heat our building! Please consider donating $10, $25, $50 or even more on this #GivingTuesday to #TakeTheChillOffTheBill and #HeatUpTheMovement.

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Take Your Soles to the Polls Campaign Announcement

The Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony issued the following press statement during a press conference held on Tuesday, October 23.

DETROIT (October 23, 2018) – Good Morning. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made it plain when he said over 50 years ago, “I have come to see more and more that one of the more decisive steps that the Negro can take is that little walk to the voting booth. That is an important step. We got to gain the ballot and through that gain political power.” It is for this reason that we have come together to openly declare and encourage every Detroiter, every citizen in Wayne County or Michigan, regardless of political persuasion, to come back to the voting booth. We encourage everyone to Take Your Soles to the Polls.

 The Detroit Branch NAACP is pleased to be working with the AARP, faith-based organizations, community groups, the city of Detroit, and Wayne County in the effort to increase and motivate the voter turnout for the general elections on November 6.  All of us have the responsibility to vote. Each individual must consider these three questions.

  1. What good is a voice if you don’t use it?
  2. What good is a vote if you don’t exercise it?
  3. What good is your freedom if you don’t protect it?

From now through election day we will be engaged in a program specifically to help mobilize our community to exercise their voter franchise. This election is too critical for the future of our children as well as those adults and seniors who desire to improve the quality of their lives. Some persons may have already voted in the early or absentee voting process. We encourage everyone to vote early, stay in line, and do not let the weather determine whether or not you will vote.

Click here to read the statement Press Statement — Detroit Branch NAACP Gears Up for November 2018 General Election in it’s entirety.

 

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