Detroit Branch NAACP Announces Leadership Change!

DETROIT BRANCH NAACP ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGE!

DETROIT (July 11, 2018) – The Detroit Branch NAACP congratulates and applauds the selection of former Executive Director Donnell R. White as the new Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Strategic Partnerships for Chemical Bank. Chemical Bank is a subsidiary of the Chemical Financial Corporation. Continuing on in the legacy of his work at the Detroit Branch NAACP, the nation’s largest branch, Mr. White will both establish and lead strategies to attract, engage, and develop a diversity of talent across the organization. He will have an even greater role in developing new relationships with community organizations, businesses, and individuals committed to the growth of this city and region. Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony said, “We are very proud of Donnell and the service he has provided since he was a child. He started off with this organization when his mother, Ms. Yvonne White, Michigan State Conference NAACP President would bring him and his brother to the branch on Saturdays. They started off cleaning up the office and Donnell emerged to serve as the leader of the office, as the youngest Executive Director in the nation. He has demonstrated both a sense of management and activism in both the street and the suite in the quest for civil and human rights. The Chemical Bank family is blessed to have him as one of their own. It is not our loss, but our community’s gain.”

At the same time, the Detroit Branch is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Kamilia Landrum, a 2016 New Leaders Council Fellow, currently the Program & Member Service Director for the Detroit Branch, as the new Executive Deputy Director. Kamilia Landrum has served with Donnell White and former Executive Director Heaster Wheeler in a variety of capacities. Overseeing programming for strategic priorities in the areas of civic engagement, criminal justice, economic sustainability, education, and health, Ms. Landrum recently coordinated the branches visit to Grand Rapids to demonstrate against the separation of children from their families. Ms. Landrum received her Bachelors of Applied Science in Business Administration from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. She has acquired her Masters in Public Administration in Non-Profit Policy and Management from Wayne State University. Recently named one of the Michigan Chronicles 40 under 40, she serves as a Community Advisory Council member for Health Alliance Plan and the Detroit Sports Zone. She’s a current member of the Southfield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is a member emeritus of the NAACP National Board of Directors, serving on Audit Finance, Image Awards, and Youth Works committees. According to Rev. Anthony, “Kamilia comes in at a very critical time in our nations history. There are so many issues that we will confront in the days ahead. We are also preparing for our National Convention to be held in Detroit in 2019. I am certain that Kamilia will continue in her new role with both confidence and commitment to the goals and objectives of the NAACP. I have known her since she was President of our Youth Council and a part of our ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) program here at the branch. She is already doing an excellent job.

The Detroit Branch will begin a local search for an Executive Director following the NAACP National Convention that will be held in San Antonio Texas, July 14-18, 2018.

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Detroit Branch NAACP 2017-2018 Executive Officers and Executive Committee

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.

2017-2018 Exec Board

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.

Click the link to read the remarks given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony Installation-Statement-2017.

What the Hell Do African Americans Have to Lose? Let’s Consider This!

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.”

Click the link to read the statement in its entirety — Official Statement Donald Trump Visits Michigan

White Privilege: An American Reality

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.

Click the link White Privilege An American Reality to read the
full article.

 

A Pope For Such A Time As This

“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.”

Click the link, Detroit Branch NAACP Official Press Statement — Visit from Pope Francis, to read the statement given by Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, in its entirety.

Official Press Statement — One Nation Indivisible With Liberty and Justice For All

Please see the official press statement from the Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, regarding the removal of the Confederate flag from
Columbia, South Carolina.

Official Statement_Removal of Confederate Flag

 

 

Tragedy in South Carolina

“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.”

Please click the link to read the full press statement from Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.
Official Statement South Carolina Shooting

 

Detroit Branch NAACP Stands Opposed to Four Day Curfew Extension

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.

Official Statement Proposed Four Day Curfew