Press Statement — Governor William G. Milliken, A Gentle But Strong Political Leader

Statement by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP

DETROIT (October 21, 2019) – “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven,” Ecclesiastes 3:1. No, I am not necessarily trying to go biblical, but I am trying to recall a more harmonious time of the political. Former Governor William Milliken served our state and the nation in a season that possessed not just the harsh and cold indifference of winter, where hearts and minds were frozen. He also served as a bit of sunshine. He had the ability to warm the heart and to cause a spring like birth of a different political discourse. He brought new life into an old game. As a teenager, when Governor Milliken took office, I didn’t always understand the nature of the political games. Yet, as an activist student I understood who was for our community and who was against it. Governor Milliken always impressed me as someone who was for the people and the city of Detroit.

It is indeed worth noting that two political giants have passed within one week of the other. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings of Baltimore and Governor William Milliken of Michigan. One was a Democrat and the other was a Republican. One was the son of South Carolina sharecroppers (Cummings) whose parents were poor and according to him “not well educated but yet still brilliant.” The other was the son of northern Michiganders (Milliken) whose parents were wealthy. His father was a mayor and state senator from Traverse City. His mother was a member of the school board. She was the first elected woman to serve public office there. Both Milliken and Cummings reached beyond themselves to work with and to deliver for all of the people. It was not just about party. It was really about principle.

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MI State Conference NAACP Hosts 77th Annual State Convention

September 20-22, 2013 the Michigan State Conference hosted its 77th Annual State Convention with the theme, “We Shall Not Be Moved.” The convention was hosted in Kalamazoo, MI by the Kalamazoo Branch NAACP. As members of the NAACP from all branches gathered, they discussed critical issues in the community and the state of Michigan.

Rev. Dr. William Barber II, Keynote speaker for the Freedom Awards Dinner, President of the North Carolina State Conference NAACP, and leader of the Moral Mondays Movement.

Events throughout the weekend included a public mass meeting with Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, the VP of Strategic Relations for the National NAACP, a Youth & College luncheon key noted by Brandon Jessup, Chairman of Michigan Forward Urban Affairs Group, and workshops for the Affordable Care Act, Voter Empowerment and Civic Engagement, and Environmental Justice and Protection. The weekend culminated with the Freedom Awards Dinner key noted by Rev. Dr. William Barber II, President of the North Carolina State Conference NAACP and leader of the Moral Mondays’ movement.

Additionally, at the State Convention new leaders were elected to office. The officers for the MI State Conference NAACP are below:

MI State Conference President Yvonne White being sworn in with grandson Brian White, Jr.


Newly elected leadership of the MI State Conference NAACP

MI State Conference NAACP

  • President, Yvonne White (Detroit)
  • 1st Vice President, Jeanette Henegan (Lenawee County)
  • 2nd Vice President, General Holiefield (SW Detroit)
  • 3rd Vice President, Frances Gilcreast (Flint)
  • 4th Vice Presidnet, Robert Dunklin (Albion)
  • Treasurer, Katie Riley (Detroit)
  • Secretary, Juanita Taylor (Port Huron)

Newly Elected Leadership of the MI State Conference Youth & College Divison

MI State Conference NAACP Youth & College Division

  • President, Kayla Jones (Grand Valley State University)
  • 1st Vice President, Dorthea Thomas (Eastern MI University)
  • 2nd Vice President, Darnell Coleman (Grand Valley State University)
  • Secretary, Rebecca Williams (Grand Valley State University)
  • Treasurer, Myles Long (Detroit NAACP Youth Council)

The Detroit Branch NAACP would like to congratulate all of the newly installed officers, and the MI State Conference NAACP on a powerful State Convention.

2nd Vice President Myles Long, Advisor Kamilia Landrum, and President Gregory Harrison, represent the Detroit NAACP Youth Council at the 77th MI State Convention