NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks will join leaders from the Michigan State Conference and the Flint and Detroit, Michigan branches of the NAACP at a public mass meeting to call for a resolution to the Flint water crisis. NAACP Flint Branch Leadership will share the NAACP’s 15-point priority plan for addressing the Flint water crisis, a comprehensive plan developed with the input of members of the Flint community in cooperation with the Flint branch of the NAACP.
President Brooks, along with local NAACP leaders, is inviting members of the community to attend the meeting and provide feedback and comment on the priorities. Following the community commentary/testimonies, a panel moderated by NAACP Detroit Branch President, Reverend Wendell Anthony, and consisting of experts from the health, legal, and educational fields, will answer questions and provide guidance.
Please 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.
Please see an excerpt from an article written by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony. Click the link below to read the article in its entirety.
“Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man; willnot conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.” Alexander Hamilton
The term privilege is defined as a special right, advantage or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people. The takeover of a government building in Burns, Oregon on January 2, 2016, led by Ammon Dunn is another stark indication of white privilege personified. The failure of our justice system to view all Americans through the same lens of justice, continues to rip at the very core of our nation’s spirit. I felt compelled to write this article based on the countless private conversations I have had within our community on this very critical issue. It generally begins like this: Wendell, can you imagine if these were black people in Oregon, how quickly the law would have come down on them? Can you imagine if there were a group of brothers or Muslims or Mexicans even threatening to take over a federal building, how the government and its agencies would respond? Can you imagine if there were a group of armed black folks talking about they were going to go downtown and takeover the Federal building, how quickly the Man, would have come in and attempted to bust the whole situation wide open? These are the questions which I am certain that many of those who read this article have had and are having with others.
Please see the following remarks given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony during the One Nation, One Voice press conference held on December 21, 2015. To read the press statement in its entirety click the link below.
In 1895, Katharine Lee Bates wrote:
“America, America, God shed His grace on thee, and crown
thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.
We have been blessed as a nation by the strength and brilliance of a diversity of people. Some arrived here by force, others have migrated here by choice. Nonetheless today, we are all in this great ship called the United States of America, together.
The following press statement was issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the passing of Ron Scott.
The Detroit Branch NAACP joins in a collective chorus with those who both mourn for and salute the life of Ron Scott (community activist, social engineer, and human rights warrior.) Mr. Scott has been a consistent champion for those often left out, overlooked, and marginalized. It is most inspiring and provokes an unrelenting pursuing of justice and fairness when a life such as that of Ron Scott is given to all of us as a model. Ron has been, in many cases, a voice crying in the wilderness when it comes to police and community relations, civil rights, social respect and human dignity for the least of these. He was a constant reminder to both law enforcement and government officials of their duty and responsibility to protect and to serve. We shall remember Ron Scott not because he died most recently, but because he lived most nobly. We thank Ron Scott for his voice, for his tenacity, for his spirit, and for the critical accountability of justice that he demanded for our community. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and supporters. Please know that there is an old African proverb which says:
“Those who we love die only in the physical sense. Their spirit is continued in the will and determination of those whom they leave behind.”
The spirit of Ron Scott lives on in each individual who is concerned about justice for all.
The Detroit Branch NAACP’s Shop Detroit campaign encourages support of Detroit based businesses during the holiday season. The campaign will kick-off on Saturday, November 28 at 1917 American Bistro located at 19476 Livernois Avenue in the City’s historic Avenue of Fashions. On Saturday, December 5 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., shoppers will be encouraged to visit vendors participating in the 22nd Annual Holiday Christmas Bazaar that will be held at Fellowship Chapel located at 7707 W. Outer Drive. Additionally, during the Shop Detroit campaign, the Detroit Branch NAACP will feature local businesses and special promotions on their social media pages and website. The Detroit Branch NAACP’s Shop Detroit campaign is done in partnership with the City of Detroit and their recent release of “Dream It. Do. It. Detroit,” a neighborhood small business directory.
The Detroit Branch NAACP first began its efforts to increase in-store traffic for Black-owned and Detroit based business in 1988. “The Buy Black, Buy Detroit” Campaign provided a retail shop and services guide to assist holiday shoppers. Now known as “Shop Detroit” the campaign is very much alive covering the entire City of Detroit.
Join the Detroit NAACP Youth Council for their Open House to learn about the great opportunities and programming offered by the Youth Council. It will be an afternoon filled with food and fun! The Detroit Branch NAACP and Detroit NAACP Youth Council will also kick-off their 2016 ACT-SO season (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics) with details about the upcoming local competitions.
The Open House is free and open to the public. The Detroit NAACP Youth Council asks for all attendees to bring a can good to help with their can food drive collection.
Saturday, November 21, 2015 1:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m. Detroit Branch NAACP 8220 Second Avenue Detroit, MI 48202
“The visit of Pope Francis to the United States of America is indeed invigorating and historically significant during these most critical times. I listened with great interest as I sat next to the Dean of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Honorable John Conyers, Jr., on the South Lawn of the White House. I could not help but notice Whites, Blacks, Asians, Native Americans, Latinos, persons of all faiths Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives, and Liberals many who often (verbally), violently disagree with each other, all listening to both President Barack Obama and Pope Francis. The two have turned the negative tide of historical correctness back to a place where it rightfully belongs, away from people of goodwill. As I witnessed a Pope from a non-European country and the first African American President together on the South Lawn of the white house, it just reminded me of the awesome power of God.”
On Wednesday, September 16 the Detroit Branch NAACP participated in the America’s Journey for Justice Legislative Advocacy Day in our Nation’s Capitol. The day began with a rally at Upper Senate Park to culminate the 1,000 mile march that the NAACP began on August 1 in Selma, Alabama. Upon conclusion of the rally the Detroit Branch NAACP delegation met with U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters; U.S. House of Representatives members Brenda Lawrence and John Conyers Jr.; National NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock, NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks and NAACP Washington Bureau Director Hilary O. Shelton. Congresswoman Lawrence provided lunch for the Detroit Branch NAACP delegation.
Additionally, during the Legislative Advocacy Day several issue briefs were presented. NAACP members across the country are asked to seek support for these pieces of legislation from their respective members in Congress. The proposed pieces of legislation are: