Detroit Branch NAACP Announces Harvard Law Professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr. as Keynote Speaker

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The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference to announce Professor  Charles J. Ogletree Jr. as the Keynote Speaker for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.  Ogletree is a well known lawyer, civil rights educator, author, constitutional expert and people motivator.  He is the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and is the Founder and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice.

Another special highlight announced for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner was the Youth Entertainment Corp.  The Freedom Fund Dinner Youth Entertainment Corp will receive an opportunity to perform at the Freedom Fund Dinner.  It is open to youth ages 15-19.  All interested youth should attend the Detroit NAACP Youth Council Meeting on Wednesday, April 16 at 6:00 P.M. at the Detroit Branch NAACP office.

Additionally, Tonya Allen, President and CEO, Skillman Foundation was announced as this year’s recipient of the Great Expectations Award.  Special Guests to this year’s Dinner will include Shaun Robinson Co-Host Access Hollywood and Bryan Smiley, former Detroit Branch NAACP ACT-SO contestant and currently the Manager of Home Entertainment and New Business Development for New Regency Productions at 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers. Smiley was instrumental in paving the way for industry support of 12 Years a Slave.

The 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 4 at 5:00 P.M. at Cobo Conference Center.  For more information please call (313) 871-2087.

Click the link to read the full text of Detroit Branch NAACP’s President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony’s remarks given during the press conference.
Keynote Speaker Press Statement

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Detroit Branch NAACP Announces Honorees for 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference to announce the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement and Freedom and Justice Awardees for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.  For the first time the Detroit Branch NAACP will have two James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement recipients.  The James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement awardees are United States Congressman John Dingell (D-Michigan, 12th District) and United States Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan). North Carolina State Conference NAACP President Rev. Dr. William Barber, leader of the Moral Mondays protest in North Carolina will receive the Ida B. Wells Barnett Freedom and Justice Award.   Detroit 15 (D-15), advocates for fair wages for fast food and retail workers, will receive the Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Award.

During the press conference Talmer Bancorp, Inc was also announced as the Senior Corporate Chair and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan purchased the ceremonial first ticket.

To read Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony’s press statement please click the link below.  Tickets, tables and sponsorships are available now! For more information please call (313) 871-2087.

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Front Row (from left to right)
Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Donna Stallings, Community Activist and Entrepreneur and Linda Forte, Senior Vice President, Comerica Bank representing 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Chair Michael T. Ritchie, President, Michigan Market, Comerica Bank.
Back Row (from left to right)
David Provost, President and CEO, Talmer Bancorp Inc.; Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair Gary Torgow, Chairman, Talmer Bancorp Inc.; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Hiram Jackson, CEO, Real Times Media and Publisher, The Michigan Chronicle and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

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Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP presents Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan with the ceremonial first ticket for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Detroit Branch NAACP Art/Essay and ACT-SO Deadlines are Fast Approaching

ART & ESSAY ENTRIES ARE DUE
FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014

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.  Students are competing for an opportunity to win cash prizes, and for their winning entries to be displayed during the Detroit Branch NAACP’s 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. The deadline for the contest is Friday, March 21, 2014.

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art and essay (4)DETROIT NAACP YOUTH COUNCIL ACT-SO CONTEST IS UNDERWAY

Did you miss the Detroit Branch NAACP ACT-SO Competition?  If so, don’t worry.  The Detroit NAACP Youth Council is hosting an ACT-SO Competition as well.  The application deadline for the Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Competition is Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Detroit NAACP Youth Council 2014 ACT-SO Brochure
Detroit NAACP Youth Council 2014 ACT-SO Application

Once you complete the application then click this link to learn about the criteria for each category — http://detroitnaacp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/2013-ACT-SO-Category-Criteria.pdf

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Detroit Branch NAACP February General Membership Meeting and Education Forum

Please join the Detroit Branch NAACP for our February General Membership Meeting and Education Forum.

What are the education topics that matter to you?
How do we create solutions that work?

Thursday, February 27, 2014
6:00 P.M.
Second Baptist
441 Monroe St,
Detroit, MI 48226
In partnership with:

  • AFT Michigan
  • ACLU Michigan
  • AAUP AFT
  • Black Family Development
  • MOSES
  • Youth Voice

    Refreshments will be served. Free Parking is available in the garage that is located directly across from the Atheneum Hotel on Brush St between Lafayette and Monroe. The church is able to validate tickets from this garage only.

    For more information please call (313) 871-2087

 

 

Detroit Branch NAACP to Host an Affordable Care Act Enrollment and Education Fair

 

Affortdable Care Act COPYThe Detroit Branch NAACP will host an Affordable Care Act (ACA) Education and Enrollment Fair on Tuesday. February 18, 2014 from 6:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at Fellowship Chapel located at 7707 W. Outer Drive in Detroit.  The fair will begin with a live broadcast by Radio One Detroit’s Mildred Gaddis.  During the fair there will be an opportunity to speak to enrollment specialists, ask questions regarding current health care issues.  Health care consultants will be available to sign up individuals for the Affordable Health Care program.   Additionally there will be a health fair providing free health screenings, a panel discussion and workshops to provide the community with information on the ACA, Medicaid expansion in Michigan and  a financial literacy workshop to answer questions on the tax implications of the ACA.

“The Detroit Branch NAACP is committed to providing access and opportunities to make sure all are able to get questions answered and sign up for the Affordable Care Act,” said Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.  “We know that access to quality, affordable health care will be a benefit to all in our community.”

The Affordable Care Act Education and Enrollment Fair is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and done in partnership with ACCESS, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Detroit Medical Center, James E. Wadsworth Jr. Community Center, LA SED, Michigan Chronicle, OFA, Radio One, and United Way of Southeastern Michigan.

This event is free and open to the public.  Those who plan to attend should call (313) 664-2422 to RSVP.

Voices For Action Forum Review Highlights Work to be Done to Create a Better Community

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Jimmy Settles, Vice President, UAW Ford and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP are joined by the panelists from the “In the Tradition of Dr. King — Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” discussion. (front row, from left to right) Rochelle Riley. Columnist, Detroit Free Press; Honorable Brenda Jones, City Council President, City of Detroit; Honorable Brenda Lawrence, Mayor, City of Southfield and Bankole Thompson, Senior Editor, Michigan Chronicle. (back row, from left to right) Jimmy Settles, Vice President, UAW Ford; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Devin Scillian, Anchor, WDIV Channel 4; Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor, Detroit News and Shirley Stancato, President and CEO, New Detroit.

On Saturday, January 25 the Detroit Branch NAACP and UAW Ford reconvened the Voices for Action for the release  of the Executive Summary from the forums held last June during the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Walk celebration.  In addition to the findings being released there was a special panel discussion that dealt with the recent comments made by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s disparaging comments about Detroit in The New Yorker.  The panel, “In the Tradition of Dr. King – Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” was moderated by Devin Scillian, anchor for WDIV Channel 4.  The panel featured:

  • Nolan Finley, Editor Page Editor, Detroit News
  • Honorable Brenda Jones, City Council President, City of Detroit
  • Brenda Lawrence, Mayor, City of Southfield
  • Rochelle Riley, Columnist, Detroit Free Press
  • Shirley Stancato, President & CEO, New Detroit
  • Bankole Thompson, Senior Editor, Michigan Chronicle

In addition to the report being released, and the panel discussion, closing remarks were also brought by Detroit’s Mayor Duggan.  Mayor Duggan addressed what he termed the “inequality of opportunity” residents in the City of Detroit face and his plans to combat the issues plaguing Detroiters.

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Rev. Anthony introduces Mayor Mike Duggan for his special remarks during the Voices for Action Forum.

NAACP National Chairman Roslyn Brock Visits Detroit

IMAG0655Detroit Branch NAACP welcomed our National NAACP Chairman Roslyn Brock as she served as the Keynote Speaker for the Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Founder’s Day Celebration.  Chairwoman Brock encouraged all those in attendance to make a push for everyone to become members of the NAACP.

Special Panel Discussion and Remarks By Mayor Duggan Are A Part of the Voices For Action Forum

image001Detroit’s Mayor Michael Duggan will be one of the special guests at the Voices for Action Forum Review on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. The Voices for Action Forum Review will be held at the UAW Ford National Programs Center located at 151 W. Jefferson in Detroit.  This event is free and open to the public.

Voices for Action will release the findings from the forums held last June during the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Walk celebration.  In addition to the findings being released there will be a special panel discussion.  The panel discussion, “In the Tradition of Dr. King – Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” will be moderated by WDIV’s Channel 4 Devin Scillian and will feature:

  • Nolan Finley, Editor Page Editor, Detroit News
  • Honorable Brenda Jones, City Council President, City of Detroit
  • Brenda Lawrence, Mayor, City of Southfield
  • Rochelle Riley, Columnist, Detroit Free Press
  • Shirley Stancato, President & CEO, New Detroit
  • Bankole Thompson, Senior Editor, Michigan Chronicle
  • Rev. Charles Williams, President, National Action Network Michigan

Upon conclusion of the panel Mayor Duggan will bring his special remarks. More than 600 people participated in the forums held the day before the Commemorative Freedom Walk Down Woodward.  Both the Voices for Action think tank sessions and the Commemorative Freedom Walk Down Woodward were chaired by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP and Jimmy Settles, Vice President, UAW Ford.

Registration is required for the event.  To register please call (313) 874-0043 or (313) 871-2087.

Detroit Branch NAACP Hosts Kick-Off for 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

The Detroit Branch NAACP held its kick-off for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner on Wednesday, January 15 at the Roostertail.  The kick-off was held to recognize and thank the Dinner Chairs from the 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner and introduce the theme and Dinner Chairs for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Comerica Bank was announced as the General Chair for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.  The theme for this year’s Dinner is:

1964 -2014…50 Years Later
One Man’s Commitment…One Nation’s Promise

The theme encompasses several major events that happened in 1964 – the jailing of Nelson Mandela in South Africa because of his commitment to freedom, justice and equality; the signing of the Civil Rights Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson and the launch of the War on Poverty. It also reflects the promise of American democracy in the election of President Barack Obama.

The 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Cobo Conference Center in Detroit.  For more information on tickets and sponsorships please call 313-871-2087.

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Holding the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Ceremonial 1st Ticket are (from left to right) Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; Dr. O’Neil Swanson, Owner, Swanson Funeral Home; Atty. Melvin Butch Hollowell, Corporation Counsel, City of Detroit; Honorable Brenda Jones, Council President, Detroit City Council; Honorable Andre Spivey, Council Member, Detroit City Council and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.

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Detroit Branch NAACP announced Comerica Bank as the General Chair for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. (from left to right) Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; Patricia McCann, Vice President/National Civic Affairs Manager, Comerica Bank and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.

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Guests at the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Kick-Off at the Roostertail.

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Detroit Branch NAACP recognized Leon Richardson, President and CEO, ChemicoMays, LLC for serving as the General Co-Chair for the 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. Accepting the award on Mr. Richardson’s behalf was LaRoy Williams.

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Gregory Jackson, President and CEO, Prestige Automotive — Jackson Automotive Management is acknowledged for serving as General Co-Chair for the 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Allies, Issues & Action: Ron Scott

Unnamed(1)On Tuesday, January 14 the Detroit Branch NAACP held it’s latest Allies, Issues and Action Meeting. Our special invited guest was community activist Ron Scott. Scott spoke on the recent lawsuit filed in Federal Court against 12 auto insurance and rental car companies. The plaintiffs are compromised of African American, Arab American, and Latino collision shop owners and customers. One of the claims in the lawsuit is that the 12 auto insurance and rental car companies practice redlining. Attorney Charles Busse, who is representing one of the plaintiffs, spoke at the meeting as well.  Busse states that  when minority customers have to file an insurance claim if they use minority owned collision shop owners they are sent to a special investigative unit because of a presumption of fraud.  The lawsuit was in filed in the United States District Court — Eastern District of Michigan.

The next Allies, Issues & Action Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 10:00 A.M.

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