Our Region Needs Cooperation Not Denigration!

The following press statement was issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the comments made by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

DETROIT (August 9, 2018) – The recent comments of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson concerning the effort of CEO’s in Detroit and the region to come together to advance the cause of Southeast Michigan were unwarranted, unnecessary, and most racist. The City of Detroit, along with Southeast Michigan is in a great period of outreach and expansion for business and community. This should inspire all of us. CEO’s who have never joined together in the quest to bring economic development to this region are now working together for the benefit of our communities. The comments of L. Brooks Patterson indicating, “Oh hell no. I’d rather join the Klan” come at a very critical time. The racial divide within our nation is stark and deep. If we are to progress as people who believe in diversity and sharing the resources for all people, this racial wall must be torn down.

Mr. Brooks did issue an apology indicating, “Sometimes when I’m passionate about a topic, I choose sharp words and purposely engage in hyperbole to get my point across.” Someone should inform Mr. Patterson that sticks and stones may break your bones, but words that reek of racism can break your spirit and your will. An apology is appropriate, but more than just an apology is having the will and a plan to do better. We do not need walls of division between suburb and city. We need bridges between every city and area in our region. These are the kind of words that remind me of George Wallace standing in the doorway at the University of Alabama in 1963 in which he said to black students trying to enter, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”

Click here Press Statement – Our Region Needs Cooperation Not Denigration to read the statement in its entirety.

Voices For Action Forum Review Highlights Work to be Done to Create a Better Community

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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
  • Brenda Lawrence, Mayor, City of Southfield
  • Rochelle Riley, Columnist, Detroit Free Press
  • Shirley Stancato, President & CEO, New Detroit
  • Bankole Thompson, Senior Editor, Michigan Chronicle

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.

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Rev. Anthony introduces Mayor Mike Duggan for his special remarks during the Voices for Action Forum.

Special Panel Discussion and Remarks By Mayor Duggan Are A Part of the Voices For Action Forum

image001Detroit’s Mayor Michael Duggan will be one of the special guests at the Voices for Action Forum Review on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. The Voices for Action Forum Review will be held at the UAW Ford National Programs Center located at 151 W. Jefferson in Detroit.  This event is free and open to the public.

Voices for Action will release the findings from the forums held last June during the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Walk celebration.  In addition to the findings being released there will be a special panel discussion.  The panel discussion, “In the Tradition of Dr. King – Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” will be moderated by WDIV’s Channel 4 Devin Scillian and will feature:

  • Nolan Finley, Editor Page Editor, Detroit News
  • Honorable Brenda Jones, City Council President, City of Detroit
  • Brenda Lawrence, Mayor, City of Southfield
  • Rochelle Riley, Columnist, Detroit Free Press
  • Shirley Stancato, President & CEO, New Detroit
  • Bankole Thompson, Senior Editor, Michigan Chronicle
  • Rev. Charles Williams, President, National Action Network Michigan

Upon conclusion of the panel Mayor Duggan will bring his special remarks. More than 600 people participated in the forums held the day before the Commemorative Freedom Walk Down Woodward.  Both the Voices for Action think tank sessions and the Commemorative Freedom Walk Down Woodward were chaired by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP and Jimmy Settles, Vice President, UAW Ford.

Registration is required for the event.  To register please call (313) 874-0043 or (313) 871-2087.