Congratulations to the Detroit Branch NAACP’s 2017-2018 Executive Officers and Executive Committee. On Thursday, January 26, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Executive Committee and Executive Officers were sworn in for the 2017-2018 term. Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony begins his historic 13th term as head of the largest NAACP branch in the Association. Click the link below to read the full text from Rev. Anthony’s remarks.
Detroit Branch NAACP 2017-2018 Executive Officers and Executive Committee. (1st row, seated, from left to right) Indira Glass, Treasurer; John E. Johnson, Esq., 1st Vice President; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President; Alice G. Thompson, 3rd Vice President and LaKeisha Becton, Treasurer. Not pictured — James Settles, Jr., 2nd Vice President. (2nd row, standing, from left to right) Rev. Dr. Jeffery Robinson, Charles Nolen, Atty. Richard Mack, Heaster Wheeler, Katie Riley, Atty. Khalilah Spencer, James Jenkins, Jr. Jessica Care Moore, George Barnes, Jr. Kevin Tolbert, Kenneth Shapiro, Atty. Muddasar Tawakkul and Marvin Beatty. Not pictured — Hiram Jackson, Leon Richardson and the Honorable JoAnn Watson.
The following press statement was issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony in response to Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s recent visit in Diamondale, Mich in his efforts to recruit African American voters.
“One might wonder if the late great P.T. Barnum, creator of THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH, has been born again in Donald J. Trump. Mr. Trump, who arguably seems to be running for the position of the greatest scam artist on earth, is indeed quite the entertainer. Barnum was famous for finding the weirdest and the most distinct, to say the least, individuals and creatures, and placing them in his circus for entertainment purposes. This was done to attract thousands of spectators the world over. He once said “there is a sucker born every minute.” In the race for president, it seems that Donald Trump, like P.T. Barnum, is still in the business of looking for suckers to entertain.”
Please see an excerpt from an article written by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony. Click the link below to read the article in its entirety.
“Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man; willnot conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.” Alexander Hamilton
The term privilege is defined as a special right, advantage or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people. The takeover of a government building in Burns, Oregon on January 2, 2016, led by Ammon Dunn is another stark indication of white privilege personified. The failure of our justice system to view all Americans through the same lens of justice, continues to rip at the very core of our nation’s spirit. I felt compelled to write this article based on the countless private conversations I have had within our community on this very critical issue. It generally begins like this: Wendell, can you imagine if these were black people in Oregon, how quickly the law would have come down on them? Can you imagine if there were a group of brothers or Muslims or Mexicans even threatening to take over a federal building, how the government and its agencies would respond? Can you imagine if there were a group of armed black folks talking about they were going to go downtown and takeover the Federal building, how quickly the Man, would have come in and attempted to bust the whole situation wide open? These are the questions which I am certain that many of those who read this article have had and are having with others.
“The visit of Pope Francis to the United States of America is indeed invigorating and historically significant during these most critical times. I listened with great interest as I sat next to the Dean of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Honorable John Conyers, Jr., on the South Lawn of the White House. I could not help but notice Whites, Blacks, Asians, Native Americans, Latinos, persons of all faiths Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives, and Liberals many who often (verbally), violently disagree with each other, all listening to both President Barack Obama and Pope Francis. The two have turned the negative tide of historical correctness back to a place where it rightfully belongs, away from people of goodwill. As I witnessed a Pope from a non-European country and the first African American President together on the South Lawn of the white house, it just reminded me of the awesome power of God.”
“Today our hearts and prayers and most earnest condolences are extended to the families and the friends of those who have tragically lost their lives in the shooting of innocent people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina.
This most recent shooting tears at the very spirit and the most tender fiber of our humanity. The church is a place, as are all institutions of faith, for the down trodden to be lifted up, the lost to be found, and the blind to be able to see. This tragedy is bigger than just a mere shooting at a local church.”
Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, issued the following statement during the Detroit City Council public hearing regarding the proposed four day curfew extension for the River Days Festival and Annual Fireworks. Please click the link below to read the statement.