63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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To purchase tickets, tables, sponsorships and ads in our souvenir journal book please see below and download the appropriate form! Tickets are $150 per person/$1,500 per table (10 seats)/$2,000 per corporate table (10 seats).  

Tickets can be purchased onsite at the Detroit Branch NAACP office or via phone at 313-871-2087.

Chairs from the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner passing the gavel to the Chairs for the 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. (from left to right) Representing the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman, Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures Stefen J. Welch, Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Quicken Loans; Representing the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Rory L. Gamble, Director, UAW Region 1A Yvonne Cash, CAP Rep, UAW Region 1A; 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Michael T. Turner, Chief of Staff, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch; Representing the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman, Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures Trina Scott, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Quicken Loans and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

Chairs from the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner passing the gavel to the Chairs for the 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. (from left to right) Representing the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman, Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures Stefen J. Welch, Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Quicken Loans; Representing the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Rory L. Gamble, Director, UAW Region 1A Yvonne Cash, CAP Rep, UAW Region 1A; 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Michael T. Turner, Chief of Staff, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch; Representing the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman, Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures Trina Scott, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Quicken Loans and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

Melvin Butch Hollowell, Esq., Managing Partner, The Miller Law Firm, presents a check for $100,000 to serve as the General Chair for the 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Melvin Butch Hollowell, Esq., Managing Partner, The Miller Law Firm, presents a check for $100,000 to serve as the General Chair for the 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Michael T. Turner, Chief of Staff, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, presents a check for $25,000 to serve as the General Co-Chair for the 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Michael T. Turner, Chief of Staff, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, presents a check for $25,000 to serve as the General Co-Chair for the 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Mayor Mike Duggan purchases the ceremonial first ticket for the 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Mayor Mike Duggan purchases the ceremonial first ticket for the 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

In This Section
Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner History
W.E.B DuBois Corporate Campaign Sponsor Levels
2018 Keynote Speaker
2018 Awardees
2018 Dinner Chairs

63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Forms

63rd WEB Sponsorship Form

63rd General Ticket Response Form

63rd Corporate Ticket Response Form


63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner
Theme:
We Can’t Rest Now, The Stakes Are Too High!

Sunday, May 6, 2018
5:00 p.m.
Cobo Conference Center
1 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226


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, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.

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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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2018 Keynote Speaker
United States Senator

Cory Booker (D-NJ)
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2018 Awardees: 

James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Awardee
James “Jimmy” Settles Jr.
Vice President, UAW International
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Ida B. Wells Freedom & Justice Awardee
Detroit Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
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Mary Church Terrell Freedom & Justice Awardee
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Rho Omega Chapter
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Great Expectations Awardee
Jewell Jones
Michigan State Representative (D-District 11)
Jones, Jewell

 

 

 

 

 

Great Expectations Awardees
Proactive High Schools
Cass Technical High School
Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School
North Farmington High School
Novi High School
Pershing High School
Renaissance High School
Western International High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2018 Dinner Chairs:

2018 General Chair
Melvin Butch Hollowell, Esq.
Managing Partner
The Miller Law Firm
Miller Law

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2018 General Co-Chair
Michael T. Turner
Chief of Staff
Wayne County Sheriff’s Office
Wayne County

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6 thoughts on “63rd 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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