Just moments ago in front of the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse, the Detroit Branch NAACP and Michigan State Conference NAACP announced the filing of the Federal Challenge to the current Emergency Manager Law in Michigan. Gathered together were members of the Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Board, Legal Counsel and Plaintiffs for the lawsuit, and concerned citizens in support of Detroit Branch NAACP’s actions.
The following statement and revenue recommendations for the City of Detroit were given by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP, during the press conference.
The Detroit Branch NAACP 58th Annual Fiight For Freedom Fund Dinner was another success! Thank you to our guests, sponsors, supporters and volunteers. Here are just a few highlights from the Dinner. Stay tuned for more to come.
Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP, 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Keynote Speaker Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader and Donnell White, Executive Director Detroit Branch NAACP.
2013 Ida. B. Wells Freedom and Justice Awardee Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Congressman John Conyers, Rev. Anthony and Mary Blackmon, Chair, Detroit Branch NAACP Art & Essay Committee with the 23rd Annual Art & Essay Winners.
Great crowd at the 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner!
Photos courtesy of Andre Smith and Rogers Foster
The Detroit Branch NAACP will match opportunity with potential when it hosts the 8th Annual Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! – A Super Career Expo. The career expo is free and open to the public and will feature several workshops. Workshop times are scheduled as follows:
9:30 A.M. — Worker’s Right – Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
10:10 A.M. — Career Pathways to Entrepreneurship — McDonald’s
10:40 A.M. — Interviewing Skills and Resume Writing – Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC)
10:40 A.M. — Social Media and the Workforce – WardHill Omni Media
11:20 A.M. — Career Pathways to Entrepreneurship — McDonald’s
1:00 P.M. — Interviewing Skills and Resume Writing — DESC
9:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. – Dress for Success Strolling Fashion Show – Jackets for Jobs
A computer resource center will be on-site for individuals to apply for jobs online. On the spot interviews are likely so all attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately in professional attire.
- Auto Zone
- Beaumont Health Systems
- Detroit Electrical Joint Apprentice
- Focus: Hope
- McLaren Macomb
- Michigan Civil Service Commission
- Secret Service
- Starfish Family Services
- The Art Institutes of Michigan
- United States Steel
- Ypsilanti Community Schools
Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! is presented by the Detroit Branch NAACP along with its bronze sponsors McDonalds. Additional partners are the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC), Detroit Public Library, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Jackets for Jobs and the State of Michigan – Talent Connect.
Click the link below to read the official press statement of Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony as unveils the details of the 58th Annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner.
Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony announced U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) as the Keynote Speaker for the 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. The Detroit Branch NAACP 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Cobo Conference Center. Congresswoman Pelosi is the first woman to ever serve as Speaker of the House. She served as Speaker of the House from 2007-2011.
In addition to announcing Congresswoman Pelosi as the Keynote Speaker Rev. Anthony also announced the following award recipients:
2013 Great Expectations Awardee
Senior Editor, Michigan Chronicle
2013 Great Expectations Awardee
Dean Jocelyn Benson
Dean, Wayne State University Law School
2013 Ida B. Wells Freedom and Justice Awardee
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Professor, Georgetown University and Author
2013 Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Awardee
Honorable JoAnn Watson
Councilwoman, City of Detroit
For more information on purchasing tickets, tables and sponsorships please call 313-871-2087.
This past weekend the Detroit Branch NAACP and Michigan State Conference NAACP hosted the Midwest Region III Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute (C.R.A.T.I) at Fellowship Chapel and Hope United Methodist Church. The weekend brought together NAACP adult and youth members from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The theme “Changing the Game” addressed the 5 Game Changers the NAACP will continue to focus as it moves into its second century of advocacy.
On Thursday as the conference opened members from the region joined at Fellowship Chapel as Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Committee Member and Pastor of Ebenezer AME Church, Rev. Byron Moore, served as keynote speaker for the Faith Leaders Luncheon. In his message he stated that, “It’s time to stop playing the game and change the game!” Members of the crowd applauded as he continued to encourage them to remain committed to the work and mission of the NAACP.
On Friday, the President & CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous joined the convention with a press conference and spoke at the opening plenary session. The President & CEO stood with the National Board Members, State Conference Presidents, and Executive Director Donnell White in full support of the fight against an Emergency Financial Manager coming into the City of Detroit. “The people of the City of Detroit have the right to have their voices heard, and their voices heard through their vote. It is imperative the their voting rights are restored.”
On Saturday, the Detroit NAACP Youth Council was awarded during the Youth Advocacy Luncheon. The Youth Council received an award for highest membership increase while implementing the National Campaign “Revive 25.” At the luncheon, the National Youth & College Division Director, Mr. Sammie Dow spoke to the youth, sharing the importance of service and dedication not only to the NAACP, but to people all around the world. As he addressed the crowd he recited the classic poem by Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, I Have Only But A Minute, and asked how they would spend it.
The night concluded with the Freedom Awards Banquet. At the Banquet, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony served as the Master of Ceremony with blessings from Rev. Carlyle Fielding Stewart, Pastor of Hope United Methodist Church. During the evening Councilwoman JoAnn Watson was awarded the Rosa Parks 2013 Woman of the Year Award, State Conference President Yvonne White was awarded the 2013 Julius Caesar Hope Hall of Fame Award, and National Board Member Kamilia Landrum was awarded the 2013 Youth of the Year Award.
In addition to the highlighted events, NAACP members attended workshops and training’s on Communications and Digital Media, Legal Redress & Advocacy, Organizing on a Federal, State, and Local Level, Fundraising, Criminal Justice, Voting Rights, Health, Climate and Environmental Justice, and an exclusive tour of the Detroit Branch NAACP Centennial Exhibit: A Very Present Force. Next year the conference will take place in the State of Ohio.
Did you miss the Detroit Branch NAACP ACT-SO Competition? If you did well don’t worry! The Detroit NAACP Youth Council will host an ACT-SO Competition on Saturday, April 13. ACT-SO stands for Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics of the Mind. The competition is open to high school students in grades 9-12. Students can compete in up to three categories. Students are competing for medals, cash prizes and to qualify for the National NAACP ACT-SO Competition that will be held in Orlando, Florida this summer. Download the Detroit NAACP Youth Council Application to sign up at http://detroitnaacp.org/events/act-so/. For more information please call 313-664-2406. Application deadline is Tuesday, April 9, and the competition is Saturday, April 13.
The Detroit Branch NAACP issued the following press statement in regards to Governor Snyder appointing an Emergency Financial Manager for the City of Detroit. Please click the link to read more on why Democracy is Under Siege here in Michigan.