The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference on Monday, April 11 to announce the Keynote Speaker and Awardees for the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was announced as the Keynote Speaker. In addition to announcing Secretary Clinton the following awardees were also announced:
2016 James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Awardee
Honorable James Clyburn
Congressman, United States House of Representatives (D-SC)
2016 Ida B. Wells Freedom and Justice Awardee
President, Detroit Federation of Teachers
2016 Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Awardee
Honorable Goeff Hansen
Michigan State Senator (34th District)
2016 Great Expectations Awardees
- Shaka Senghor
Author, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison
- Honorable Mary Sheffield
Councilwoman, City of Detroit
Please click the link 61st Annual FFFFD Keynote and Awardees Announcement to read the official press statement given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony.
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.
Click the link Detroit Teachers Deserve Our Support to read the press statement in its entirety.