62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Passing of the Gavel at the Roostertail. (from left to right) 2017 General Co-Chair Rory Gamble, Director, UAW Region 1A represented by Yvonne Cash; 2017 General Co-Chair Jim Thrower, President & CEO, Jamjomar, Inc.; 2017 Senior Corporate Chair Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman, Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Honorable Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

 

Mayor Mike Duggan purchases the ceremonial first ticket to the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

 

 

In This Section
Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner History
W.E.B DuBois Corporate Campaign Sponsor Levels
2017 Keynote Speaker
2017 Awardees
2017 Dinner Chairs

62nd Corporate Ticket & Advertising Form
62nd Dinner Ticket & Advertising Form
62nd W.E.B. Du Bois Form


62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner
Theme:
A New Era, the Same Cause…Justice!

Sunday, April 23, 2017
5:00 p.m.
Cobo Conference Center
1 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

Tickets are $150 a person, $1,500 a table and $2,000 per corporate table.  Tickets can be purchased onsite at the Detroit Branch NAACP Office or over the phone.  For more 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 and  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, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Professor Charles Ogletree, Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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W.E.B. DuBois Corporate Campaign:

Platinum $50,000

  • Photo With Keynote Speaker
  • Bring Two (2) minute remarks at Freedom Fund Dinner Event
  • 60-Second Video
  • Three (3) Dais Seats (Two (2) Dais Seats w/ Keynote Speaker)
  • Five (5) Tables Of Ten (10) (Three (3) in Priority Seating)
  • Website Link (Over 10,000 Visits Per Month)
  • Double Page Spread (preferred placement in Souvenir Journal)
  • Banner Recognition
  • Ten (10) Invitations To Dais & President’s Reception
  • Recognition As Co-Sponsor Of President’s Reception
  • Sponsor (6) Youth Tables with signage
  • Video Credits
  • Promotional Item Giveaway to all Guests (optional)

Diamond $35,000

  • Photo With Keynote Speaker
  • 30-second video shown at Dinner
  • Two (2) Dais Seats (One (1) on Dais w/ Keynote Speaker)
  • Four (4) Tables Of Ten (10) (Two (2) in Priority Seating)
  • Website Link (Over 10,000 Visits Per Month)
  • Double Page Spread (preferred placement in Souvenir Journal)
  • Banner Recognition
  • Eight (8) Invitations To Dais & President’s Reception
  • Recognition As Co-Sponsor Of President’s Reception
  • One Full Page Color Ad In Souvenir Journal
  • Sponsor Five (5) Youth Tables with Signage
  • Video Credits
  • Promotional Item Giveaway to all Guests (optional)

Gold $25,000

  • One (1) seat on Dais w/ Keynote Speaker
  • Three (3) Tables Of Ten (One (1) in Priority Seating)
  • Website Link (Over 10,000 Visits Per Month)
  • Full Page Color Ad (preferred placement in Souvenir Journal)
  • Banner Recognition
  • Six (6) Invitations To Dais & President’s Reception
  • Recognition As Co-Sponsor Of President’s Reception
  • Sponsor Three (3) Youth Tables With Signage
  • Video Credits
  • Photo w/Keynote Speaker

Silver $15,000

  • One (1) Dais Seat
  • Two (2) Tables Of Ten (10)
  • Full Page Color Ad in Souvenir Journal
  • Banner Recognition
  • Four (4) Invitations To Dais & President’s Reception
  • Sponsor Two (2) Youth Tables with Signage
  • Video Credits
  • Website Link (Over 10,000 visits per month)

Bronze $7,500

  • One (1) Table Of Ten (10)
  • One (1) Full Page Black/White Ad In Souvenir Journal
  • Two (2) Invitations to Dais & President’s Reception
  • Sponsor One (1) Youth Table With Signage
  • Banner Recognition

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2017 Keynote Speaker
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts)
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2017 Awardees: 

James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Awardee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ida B. Wells Freedom & Justice Awardee
Joy Reid, Host, AM Joy
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Mary Church Terrell Freedom & Justice Awardee
Sally Yates, Former U.S. Attorney General
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Great Expectations Awardee
Angelique Peterson-Mayberry, Vice President, Detroit Public Schools Community District School Board
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Great Expectations Awardee
Eastern Michigan Black Student Union
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2017 Dinner Chairs:

2017 Senior Corporate Chair
Dan Gilbert
Founder & Chairman
Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures
http://quickenloans.com and http://rockventures.com
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2017 General Co-Chairs
Jim Thrower
President & CEO
Jamjomar, Inc.
http://jamjomar.mybigcommerce.com/

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Rory Gamble
Regional Director
UAW Region 1A
http://region1a.uaw.org

UAW Region 1A

 

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “62nd 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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