The Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren Releases Report and Recommendations to Improve Detroit Schools

The Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren released its report and recommendations for improving all Detroit schools on Monday, March 30, during a press event held at Fellowship Chapel.  Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, serves as one of the co-chairs for the coalition. The coalition met for approximately 100 days to create a comprehensive plan that will imake quality schools for all Detroit children.

To read the full report click on the link below.

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Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Program is Now Accepting Applications

DID YOU MISS THE DEADLINE TO COMPETE IN THE DETROIT BRANCH NAACP ACT-SO COMPETITION?

If so, don’t worry, you have an opportunity to compete in the Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Competition. Just click on the flier below to download an application and review category guidelines.

2015-Act-SO-FinalThe Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO competition will be held on
Saturday, April 18, 2015.  To compete in this competition all applications must be received by Wednesday, April 11, 2015. 

REMEMBER! Click the flier above to download the application and access category guidelines and criteria. For more information please call (313) 871-2087, ext. 2406.

Detroit Branch NAACP ACT-SO Competition

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Detroit Branch NAACP ACT-SO Competition is Saturday, March 28, 2015!

Download your application today.  ACT-SO, is open to all high school students in grades 9-12.  Click the EVENTS tab above and select the Afro Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics link to download the application and the category guidelines.

The application deadline is Saturday, March 21, 2015. 

Detroit Branch NAACP and Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Master Class

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The Detroit Branch NAACP and Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Program is looking for talented high school students!

ACT-SO , which stands for Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific, Olympics, is an Olympics of the Mind.  It is a competition open to all high school students in the areas of:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Humanities
  • Performing Arts
  • Sciences
  • Visual Arts

To prepare for our upcoming 2014-2015 ACT-SO season we are hosting Master Classes.  The purpose of the Master Class is to help potential contestants prepare for the competition.  The topic of our first Master Class will be Public Speaking.

Join us on:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

10:00 A.M.

Detroit Branch NAACP 

8220 Second Avenue

Detroit, MI 48202

(313) 871-2087

Detroit Branch NAACP to Host A Take Your Soles to the Polls Community Wide Rally With Special Guest, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

Take Your Soles to the Polls and Vote
The Detroit Branch NAACP presents A Vote Raiser – “It’s About the Turnout!”
Saturday, October 11, 2014
10:00 A.M.
Fellowship Chapel Dome and Banquet Center
7707 W. Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48235
Special Guest — Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, MSNBC analyst, renowned professor, author and lecturer
Each One Bring Two!
Free Food and Refreshments will be provided
For more information please call the Detroit Branch NAACP at (313) 871-2087 or Fellowship Chapel at (313) 347-2820

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Allies, Issues, and Action: Michigan League of Public Policy

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At the Allies, Issues, and Action meeting on Tuesday, September 23, Renell Weathers with the Michigan League of Public Policy addressed how the State of Michigan’s legislative policies affect cities across the State with a special focus on Wayne County and the City of Detroit. She began with sharing the policy areas that the MLPP focuses on which are Budget, Tax, Healthcare, Poverty Reduction, Jobs and the Economy. She particularly discussed the policies concerning the Family Independence Program (FIP) formally known as Cash Assistance, Education, and Health disparities in the County.

As it relates to the Cash Assistance program she discussed the negative effects of the 48th month rule on families and how the 2011 policy change made nearly 60% of families in Michigan not eligible for Cash Assistance anymore. In regards to education, each student across the State is expected to receive a base of $7251 for the 2014 school year however that number is significantly lower than the 2009 distribution of $7361 and inflation has not been included in the $7251 distribution rate. Lastly, she discussed how 167,000 children in Wayne County are not receiving dental assistance even though the number one illness among children is tooth ache and decay. While there is still much room for improvement, she did comment that the new Healthy Michigan program has assisted nearly 385,000 families with healthcare and that of course is a step in the right direction for our State and families.

As the legislature continues to work on issues, the Michigan League for Public Policy recommends that they continue to focus on restoring the Earned Income Tax Credit, providing programming for children 0-3, reinvest in people and communities, and enact tax reform. More information regarding the work of the MLPP can be found at www.mlpp.org.

Detroit Branch NAACP Press Statement — Another Black Man Dead

Please see the press statement from Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, regarding the murder of Michael Brown.

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Detroit Branch NAACP Legal Redress Committee to Host “Ask the Lawyer”

askalawyer_8The Detroit Branch NAACP Legal Redress Committee and community partner buildOn will host “Ask the Lawyer” on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. — 1:00 P.M. at the Matrix Center located at 13560 E.McNichols (at Gratiot).

A free 10-15 minute legal consultation with experienced legal professionals will be available.

For more information please call (313) 871-2087.

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.
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