59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

 

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Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner History
W.E.B DuBois Corporate Campaign Sponsor Levels
2013 Keynote Speaker
2013 Awardees
2013 Dinner Chairs


59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner
Theme: 

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

May 4, 2014
5:00PM
Cobo Conference Center

For ticket information please call (313) 871-2087


History

The Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner of the Detroit Branch NAACP was launched in April 1956 under the leadership of Branch President Edward M. Turner, Arthur L. Johnson and Dr. Lionel F. Swan, co-chairman. Today, The Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner is the largest sit down dinner of its kind in the world. Serving approximately 10,000 guests with a first class meal, world-class entertainment, and some of the world’s renowned keynote address speakers.

In response to the direct appeals of Drs. Alfred Thomas, D.T. Burton, Lionel Swan and the Detroit Branch Officers, Turner, Johnson M. Kelly Fritz, who was serving as Branch Treasurer, and 59 members of the Detroit Medical Society became the Freedom Fund Dinner’s first subscribers, thereby guaranteeing the success of this significant new venture. Members of the medical society had been called to a special meeting in the Holiday Room of the Detroit’s famed Gotham Hotel.

The Freedom Fund Dinner was founded in a period of renewed national hope and determination among Black Americans, even in the face of continuing racial violence and tragedy. The National Chairman of the NAACP, Dr. Channing H. Tobias, had called for the establishment of a one million dollar fighting fund for freedom.

At this time in Detroit housing segregation, job discrimination and police brutality against Blacks were fixed patterns in the city’s way of life.

As the tentative plans for the Freedom Fund Dinner were being developed, a brutal racial killing took the life of Dr. Thomas Brewer, a prominent physician in Columbus, Georgia. Dr. Brewer’s immediate family and close relatives were very active and well known in Detroit. In part, motivated by the tragic murder of Dr. Brewer, Black physicians as a group in Detroit came together to support the Detroit Branch NAACP Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

The first dinner (held at the Latin Quarter) was a magnificent success. At $100 per couple, with 300 subscribers approximately, $30,000 was donated.

Beginning with Thurgood Marshall as the first keynote speaker, the Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner has brought to its platform a virtual constellation of distinguished speakers and entertainers, among them, Barbara Jordan, Roy Wilkins, Howard Thurman, Senator Edward Brooks, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, Governor Mario Cuomo, Senator Ted Kennedy, Chief Justice Earl Warren, Joint Chief of Staff, Chairman, General Colin Powell, Ron Brown, Kweisi Mfume, Lee Iaccoca, Sammy Davis, Jr., Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Dick Gregory, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Vice President Al Gore, President Bill Clinton, Danny Glover, Julian Bond,Senator Hillary Clinton, then Senator Barack Obama, Dr. Manning Marable, Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Rev. Dr. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Congressman John Lewis, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi .

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W.E.B. DuBois Corporate Campaign:

Diamond $35,000

  • Photo With Keynote Speaker
  • 60-Second Video Shown At Dinner
  • Two (2) Dais Seats With Keynote Speaker
  • Special recognition in Corporate Campaign video
  • Four (4) Tables Of Ten (10) – Two (2) Of The Four (4) In Priority
    Seating
  • Website Link – Over 10,000 Visits Per Month
  • Banner Recognition
  • Eight (8) Invitations To VIP Reception
  • Eight (8) Invitations To President’s Reception
  • Recognition As Co-Sponsor Of President’s Reception
  • One Full Page Color Ad In Souvenir Journal
  • Sponsorship Of Five (5) Youth Tables With Signage On Each Table
  • Video Credits
  • Comcast Cable Re-Broadcast

Gold $25,000

  • One (1) Dais Seat With Keynote Speaker
  • Three (3) Tables Of Ten (10) – One (1) Of The Three (3) In Priority
    Seating
  • Website Link – Over 10,000 Visits Per Month
  • Banner Recognition
  • Six (6) Invitations To VIP Reception
  • Six (6) Invitations To President’s Reception
  • Recognition As Co-Sponsor Of President’s Reception
  • One Full Page Color Ad In Souvenir Journal
  • Sponsorship Of Three (3) Youth Tables With Signage On Each Table
  • Video Credits
  • Comcast Cable Re-Broadcast

Silver $15,000

  • One (1) Dais Seat
  • Two (2) Tables Of Ten (10)
  • Banner Recognition
  • Four (4) Invitations To VIP Reception
  • Four (4) Invitations To President’s Reception
  • Recognition As Co-Sponsor Of President’s Reception
  • One Full Page Color Ad In Souvenir Journal
  • Sponsorship Of Two (2) Youth Tables With Signage On Each Table
  • Video Credits
  • Comcast Cable Re-Broadcast

Bronze $7,500

  • One (1) Table Of Ten (10)
  • Banner Recognition
  • Two (2) Invitations To VIP Reception
  • Two (2) Invitations To President’s Reception
  • One Full Page Black & White Ad In Souvenir Journal
  • Sponsorship Of One (1) Youth Table With Signage On Each Table

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2014 Keynote Speaker: TBD

2013 Keynote Speaker
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi
Democratic Leader
United States House of Representatives

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2014 Awardees: TBD

2013 Awardees:

James Weldon Johnson Lifetime AchievementAwardee
Emma Didlake
Volunteer & Freedom Fighter
Detroit Branch NAACP

Ida B. Wells Freedom & Justice Awardee
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Professor & Author

Georgetown University

Mary Church Terrell Freedom & Justice Awardee
JoAnn Watson
Councilwoman
City of Detroit

Great Expectations Awardee
Jocelyn Benson
Dean
Wayne State University Law School

Great Expectations Awardee
Bankole Thompson
Senior Editor
Michigan Chronicle

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2014 Dinner Chairs: TBD

2013 Dinner Chairs:

2013 Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Co-Chair

Mr. Gregory Jackson
President & CEO
Prestige Automotive
Jackson Automotive Management
http://www.prestigeautomotive.com

2013 Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Co-Chair


Mr. Leon C. Richardson
President & CEO
Chemico Mays, LLC
http://www.chemicomays.com

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6 thoughts on “59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

    • Thank you Sandra for contacting the Detroit Branch NAACP. The 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at the Cobo Conference Center – Detroit, MI. We hope you will visit again as we will have new updates on the Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner posted regularly.

    • Thank you Brenda for contactinig the Detroit Branch NAACP. Tickets to the Detroit Branch NAACP’s 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner are $150, of which $75 can be applied towards your NAACP Lifetime Membership. Tickets are currently available for purchase at our office (8220 Second Ave. Detroit, MI). We hope you will visit again as we will have new updates on the 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner posted regularly. We look forward to seeing you on May 6, 2012.

    • Hello Keisha and thank you for contacting the Detroit Branch NAACP. The President’s Reception is an opportunity for us to thank our corporate sponsors for their support to the Detroit Branch NAACP.

      We encourage you to attend our General Membership Meetings every 4th Thursday of each Month, visit our website, or contact our office at 313-871-2087 for all monthly updates. Additionally, we invite you to join us for the 50th Anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr., Freedom Walk. The event will be held June 22, 2013 and we will meet at the intersection of Warren & Forest at 9:00A.M. More information can be found at http://www.freedomwalkdetroit.com.

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