National NAACP will kick off its seven city listening tour, NAACP Forward, in Detroit on Thursday, August 24 at 6 pm at Greater New Mt. Moriah located at 586 Owen. NAACP Forward is a part of the organization’s strategic plan for the future, enhancing its mission, vision, and fight for civil rights amidst a swirling climate of political hostility, voter suppression, income inequality, mass incarceration, police brutality and anti-immigrant sentiment. The national listening tour is free and open to the public. Greater New Mt. Moriah is the home church for previous Senior Pastor and NAACP Executive Director Benjamin Hooks.
Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony has issued the following press statement in regards to the request for detailed state voter data from President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
As the nation observes Independence Day, it is important to remember the words of one of our founders Thomas Jefferson who said,
“In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
At this most critical time in our nation’s history, it is important for all of us to stand like a rock, to defend and protect our freedom and democracy. Michigan should join the ten other states along with the District of Columbia in non-compliance with this bogus request regarding voter data information. California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Virginia have all indicated their intentions not to comply. It is also most interesting that Kansas, the home state of the Vice Chair of this commission Kris Kobach, has also rejected and indicated their non- compliance. Even Texas has joined in the chorus of those who refuse to submit to this unconstitutional violation of citizen’s privacy, laws, and election integrity.
Please click the link Official Press Statement – Election Integrity to read the statement in its entirety.
The following press statement was issued by National NAACP in regards to the the U.S, withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.
June 1, 2017 (Baltimore, Maryland) – The NAACP is deeply disappointed by the announcement today by President Donald J. Trump that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Despite this disastrous step backwards for our nation, the NAACP resolves to not only do its part to adhere to the tenets of the Paris Agreement, but also to continue to fight for environmental justice.
“There’s no way around it – this decision by the Trump Administration is not only a rejection of the undeniable science that has proven climate change exists, but also will send our nation and our planet down a path that will only lead to catastrophic destruction. In these dark times, one thing is for certain: the United States may be out of the Paris Agreement, but the NAACP is going to be all in for equity and our environment, now more than ever before,” said Leon W. Russell, chairman of the Board of Directors.
Please click the link U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Agreement to read the statement in its entirety.
JOIN US ON SUNDAY, APRIL 23 AT 5 PM AT COBO CONFERENCE CENTER!
To purchase tickets call 313-871-2087 or click here 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner to download a ticket response form!
Join the Detroit Branch NAACP on Thursday, April 20 from 9 am — 3 pm. Click the link Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! to pre-register and learn more details.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA, 43rd District) will receive the Detroit Branch NAACP’s James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. The Dinner will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 5 pm at Cobo Conference and Convention Center in Detroit. In addition to honoring Congresswoman Waters, Jane C. Garcia, Board Chair, Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development (LASED) will receive the Ida B. Wells Freedom and Justice Award.
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) will serve as this year’s Keynote speaker. Additional honorees include Sally Yates, former U.S. Attorney General, who will receive the Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Award; and Great Expectations Awardees — Angelique Peterson-Mayberry, Vice President, Detroit Public Schools Community District School Board and the Eastern Michigan University Black Student Union and NAACP Chapter.
There will also be a special tribute to women performed by the Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Youth Entertainment Corp. All women attendees to the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner are encouraged to wear white.
“We are excited to honor Congresswoman Waters with the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award,” says Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP. “Her career of public service has been dedicated to speaking truth to power and we applaud her for not backing down and continuing to be a much needed voice and advocate for all. We are also please to uplift LASED Board Chair Jane Garcia. She remains steadfast and vigilant in working for justice for our Latino brothers and sisters. The place to be on Sunday April 23 is the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner to hear from this powerful line up speakers and awardees committed to freedom and justice.”
To purchase tickets, tables and sponsorships please call 313-871-2087 or click this link to download ticket forms — 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.
Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony was elected to the NAACP National Board of Directors. The results were announced during the NAACP’s Annual February Board Meeting. Michigan State Conference NAACP President Yvonne White was elected to an officer’s position as Assistant Treasurer for the NAACP’s National Board. The NAACP National Board of Directors is comprised of 64 members who govern the NAACP’s policies, procedures and direction.
Rev. Anthony begins serving his three-year term immediately, while White is entering the second year of her current three year term. Anthony joins White along with three other fellow Detroiters with National NAACP Board Seats –Detroit Branch NAACP 2nd Vice President, James Settles, Jr., Vice President, UAW; Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Committee Member Michael Turner, Chief of Staff, Wayne County Sheriff and NAACP Youth Board Member Antashe Howard, Senior, Howard University. Rev. Anthony is also serving an historic 13th term as president of the Detroit Branch NAACP.
27th Annual Detroit Branch NAACP Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Art & Essay Contest
The Art & Essay contest gives students in elementary, middle and high school the opportunity to explain, “What the Civil Rights Struggle Means to Me.” Students may submit either an art entry, essay entry or both. The contest is done in partnership with Coca-Cola and Detroit Public Schools Community District. Students are competing for an opportunity to win cash prizes, and for their winning entries to be displayed during the Detroit Branch NAACP’s 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. The deadline for entry submission is Friday, March 10, 2017.
Click the link 27th Annual Art & Essay Contest to download the instructions and entry packet.
Detroit Branch NAACP and Detroit NAACP Youth Council Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) Competitions
ACT-SO is a competition open to high school students in the areas of: STEM, Humanities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Business. The Detroit Branch NAACP and Detroit NAACP Youth Council will both host local ACT-SO Competitions. There are 32 categories students are able to choose from to compete for a chance to win a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Medals and cash prizes. The local Gold Medal winners qualify to compete in the NAACP’s National ACT-SO Competition which will be held in Baltimore, MD July 19-23, 2017.
Click the link ACT-SO to learn more about the competition enrichment sessions and download the application and category guidelines.