The following press statement was issued on behalf of the Detroit Branch NAACP regarding Atty. Melvin Butch Hollowell leaving as Corporation Counsel for the City of Detroit and the nomination of Atty. Lawrence Garcia as new Corporation Counsel.
DETROIT – The Detroit Branch NAACP announces, with both a sense of pride and regret, its support in the recent announcement of Attorney Melvin Butch Hollowell’s decision to step down as the City of Detroit Corporation Counsel. Attorney Hollowell, who served with distinction as the Detroit Branch NAACP General Counsel, continues to move forward. He will now join the Miller Law Firm as Managing Partner of its new Detroit office. After four years serving as corporation counsel, his record of service to the public and to the ends of equal justice under law have been outstanding. It is particularly significant when one marks his creation of “Project Clean Slate”. Attorney Hollowell recruited 100 lawyers to handle non-violent criminal expungements for free, giving people who desperately needed help a second chance. We congratulate Attorney Hollowell and wish him well in this most significant and influential position.
There are still a few weeks left to engage young people between the ages of 14-24 in our summer B.R.I.D.G.E.S program. Building Resources In Detroit Giving Expanded Services is entering it’s 6th year providing a safe environment for City of Detroit youth and DPS students. Check out one of our locations Monday-Thursday and join us on Friday for our Professional Development sessions.
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.
The Detroit Branch NAACP’s B.R.I.D.G.E.S program provides an opportunity for open recreation and professional development workshops centered around career readiness, financial literacy, civic engagement and healthy active lifestyles. The B.R.I.D.G.E.S program is for young people between the ages of 14-24 who are either City of Detroit residents or DPS students.
Monday — Thursday
3:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
until August 13, 2015 Locations:
King High School
3200 E. Lafayette St.
Detroit, MI 48207
Communication & Media Arts High School
Detroit, MI 48227
Professional Development Workshops
Fridays (July 24, July 31, August 7, August 14, August 21)
11:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
Detroit Branch NAACP
8220 Second Avenue
Detroit MI 48202
Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, issued the following statement during the Detroit City Council public hearing regarding the proposed four day curfew extension for the River Days Festival and Annual Fireworks. Please click the link below to read the statement.
The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference to announce the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement and Freedom and Justice Awardees for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. For the first time the Detroit Branch NAACP will have two James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement recipients. The James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement awardees are United States Congressman John Dingell (D-Michigan, 12th District) and United States Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan). North Carolina State Conference NAACP President Rev. Dr. William Barber, leader of the Moral Mondays protest in North Carolina will receive the Ida B. Wells Barnett Freedom and Justice Award. Detroit 15 (D-15), advocates for fair wages for fast food and retail workers, will receive the Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Award.
During the press conference Talmer Bancorp, Inc was also announced as the Senior Corporate Chair and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan purchased the ceremonial first ticket.
To read Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony’s press statement
Front Row (from left to right) Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Donna Stallings, Community Activist and Entrepreneur and Linda Forte, Senior Vice President, Comerica Bank representing 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Chair Michael T. Ritchie, President, Michigan Market, Comerica Bank. Back Row (from left to right) David Provost, President and CEO, Talmer Bancorp Inc.; Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate
Chair Gary Torgow, Chairman, Talmer Bancorp Inc.; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Hiram Jackson, CEO, Real Times Media and Publisher, The Michigan Chronicle and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.
Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP presents Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan with the ceremonial first ticket for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.
Jimmy Settles, Vice President, UAW Ford and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP are joined by the panelists from the “In the Tradition of Dr. King — Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” discussion. (front row, from left to right) Rochelle Riley. Columnist, Detroit Free Press; Honorable Brenda Jones, City Council President, City of Detroit; Honorable Brenda Lawrence, Mayor, City of Southfield and Bankole Thompson, Senior Editor, Michigan Chronicle. (back row, from left to right) Jimmy Settles, Vice President, UAW Ford; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Devin Scillian, Anchor, WDIV Channel 4; Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor, Detroit News and Shirley Stancato, President and CEO, New Detroit.
On Saturday, January 25 the Detroit Branch NAACP and UAW Ford reconvened the Voices for Action for the release of the Executive Summary from the forums held last June during the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Walk celebration. In addition to the findings being released there was a special panel discussion that dealt with the recent comments made by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s disparaging comments about Detroit in The New Yorker. The panel, “In the Tradition of Dr. King – Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” was moderated by Devin Scillian, anchor for WDIV Channel 4. The panel featured:
Nolan Finley, Editor Page Editor, Detroit News
Honorable Brenda Jones, City Council President, City of Detroit
In addition to the report being released, and the panel discussion, closing remarks were also brought by Detroit’s Mayor Duggan. Mayor Duggan addressed what he termed the “inequality of opportunity” residents in the City of Detroit face and his plans to combat the issues plaguing Detroiters.
Rev. Anthony introduces Mayor Mike Duggan for his special remarks during the Voices for Action Forum.
The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference on Monday, November 4, 2013 regarding the announcement by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division that they will be sending monitors to Detroit for the General Election. Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony made a request to United States Attorney General Eric Holder and the DOJ for Federal Monitors to be sent to Detroit to ensure Detroiters of a safe and protected election.
Please click the link to read the press statement given by Rev. Anthony during the press conference.
Friday, September 27, 2013 at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center on Wayne State’s Campus, the Detroit Branch NAACP along with other community organizations, present and past leadership of the City of Detroit and of the State of Michigan joined with the Obama Administration to discuss the $300 Million in grants that is coming to aid in the City’s current condition. Representatives from the Obama Administration were U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, White House National Economic Council director Gene Sperling, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
The funds that are coming to the City will be used for blight and revitalization of neighborhoods, repair and rehabilitation of buses with up to date security software, the regional transit network, M-1 rail project, and hiring of public safety officials to keep the city safe. It is believed, that the unlocking of the federal dollars will lead to some immediate changes in the residential and commercial areas of the City.
As always, the presence of the Detroit Branch NAACP was to ensure that minorities are represented at every level of decision making and that decisions being made are benefiting all Citizens of Detroit. As the City moves forward, it is our priority that minorities have access to the jobs that will become available due to the new constructions and demolitions, and that contracts will be shared equally among minority firms. This should be an opportunity for all Citizens of Detroit to participate in its revitalization, and see it restored to its beauty and full functionality.