Official Press Statement — Detroit Public Schools Community District Search For General Superintendent

Please see the attached press statement given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the Detroit Public Schools Community District School Board Superintendent search.

DETROIT – The Detroit Public Schools Community District continues to face challenges as well  as opportunities to both stabilize and move our school district to higher academic heights. It is a school district that has been plagued by financial, academic, and personnel obstacles. The newly elected Board of Education is to be commended for its efforts to bring to solvency, as well as to re-establish the school district of Detroit into a first class, academically proficient, and student- learning center for the people in this community.

Click the link Official Press Statement – DPSCD Search for Superintendent  to read the statement in it’s entirety.

 

Education — America’s Never Ending Issue of Civil Rights

NAACP Taskforce Members along with Detroit Branch NAACP representatives and UAW Ford (seated from left to right) Robin Williams (District of Columbia); Gloria Sweet Love (Tennessee); Alice Huffman (California); Hazel Dukes (New York) and Adora Nweze (Florida). Michael Curry (Massachusetts); Kamilia Landrum, Program and Membership Service, Detroit Branch NAACP; UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles, 1st VP, Detroit Branch NAACP; Yvonne White, President, Michigan State Conference NAACP; Derrick Johnson (Mississisppi); Angelique Peterson Mayberry, Vice President, Detroit Public Schools Community District School Board; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Michael Turner, NAACP National Board of Directors and Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Committee and James Gallman (South Carolina)

NAACP Taskforce Members along with Detroit Branch NAACP representatives and UAW Ford
(seated from left to right) Robin Williams (District of Columbia); Gloria Sweet Love (Tennessee); Alice Huffman (California); Hazel Dukes (New York) and Adora Nweze (Florida).
Michael Curry (Massachusetts); Kamilia Landrum, Program and Membership Services Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles, 1st VP, Detroit Branch NAACP; Yvonne White, President, Michigan State Conference NAACP; Derrick Johnson (Mississippi); Angelique Peterson Mayberry, Vice President, Detroit Public Schools Community District School Board; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Michael Turner, NAACP National Board of Directors and Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Committee and James Gallman (South Carolina)

Members of the NAACP Education Taskforce held their 5th hearing in Detroit on Wednesday, March 8.  The hearing took place at Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School.  Detroit was the 5th of seven stops for the hearings regarding education quality.  The Detroit hearing focused on the recent NAACP Board Resolution that called for a moratorium on charter school expansion.  Invited panelists shared insights with the task force on the current state of traditional public schools and charters and answered questions from the task force.  Attendees were also encouraged to sign-up and give public comment.

Click the link Official Press Statement – Education – America’s Never Ending Issue of Civil Rights read the official press statement given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony during the hearing.

Application Period for Art & Essay and ACT-SO Contests are Now Open

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.

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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.

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Click the link ACT-SO to learn more about the competition enrichment sessions and download the application and category guidelines.  

Detroit NAACP Youth Council College Writing Workshop

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Join the Detroit NAACP Youth Council, in partnership with Grand Valley State University, for our College Writing Workshop on Wednesday, January 18 from
6-7:30 pm. The workshop is free and open to youth ages 12-18.  Refreshments will be served.

Detroit Branch NAACP B.R.I.D.G.E.S Summer Program

There are still a few weeks left to engage young people between the ages of 14-24 in our summer B.R.I.D.G.E.S program.  Building Resources In Detroit Giving Expanded Services is entering it’s 6th year providing a safe environment for City of Detroit youth and DPS students.  Check out one of our locations Monday-Thursday and join us on Friday for our Professional Development sessions.

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Detroit Branch NAACP and Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Showcase

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Join us on Wednesday, July 6 at 6 p.m. as our Detroit Branch NAACP and Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Delegation prepare to go to Cincinnati for the National NAACP ACT-SO Competition.  Witness our young people present their performance pieces and presentations as they prepare to Go for the Gold!

Don’t Blame DPS for the State’s Continuous Failures

In his first inaugural address, Thomas Jefferson said “we are all Federalists, we are all Republicans.” It is important for some who make the laws under the banner of party affiliation, to remember your specific origination. According to Jefferson:

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action, according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”

For those who believe that the current legislation coming forth from the Michigan House of Representatives, now awaiting the Governor’s signature, is the answer to the problems facing the Detroit Public Schools, guess what? You’re wrong!

Click the link to read  DPS and Michigan’s Continuous Failures in its entirety.

Brenda Scott Academy Welcomes Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Director

IMG-20160223-WA006Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Director Donnell White made a visit to Brenda Scott Academy on Tuesday, February 23.  During his visit Executive Director White spent time reading to a 1st grade class.

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Detroit Teachers Deserve Our Support

20160122_113043Please see the official press statement given at a press conference held on Friday, January 22, 2016, in support of Detroit Public School teachers.  Several members of Detroit’s faith based community along with national, state and local elected officials stood together to call for the Governor, State Legislature and Emergency Manager Darnell Earley to not take punitive actions against Detroit Public School teachers but to take the necessary steps to provide Detroit’s school children with a quality education.

Click the link Detroit Teachers Deserve Our Support to read the press statement in its entirety.