Detroit Branch NAACP Hosts Kick-Off for 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

The Detroit Branch NAACP held its kick-off for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner on Wednesday, January 15 at the Roostertail.  The kick-off was held to recognize and thank the Dinner Chairs from the 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner and introduce the theme and Dinner Chairs for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Comerica Bank was announced as the General Chair for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.  The theme for this year’s Dinner is:

1964 -2014…50 Years Later
One Man’s Commitment…One Nation’s Promise

The theme encompasses several major events that happened in 1964 – the jailing of Nelson Mandela in South Africa because of his commitment to freedom, justice and equality; the signing of the Civil Rights Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson and the launch of the War on Poverty. It also reflects the promise of American democracy in the election of President Barack Obama.

The 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Cobo Conference Center in Detroit.  For more information on tickets and sponsorships please call 313-871-2087.

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Holding the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Ceremonial 1st Ticket are (from left to right) Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; Dr. O’Neil Swanson, Owner, Swanson Funeral Home; Atty. Melvin Butch Hollowell, Corporation Counsel, City of Detroit; Honorable Brenda Jones, Council President, Detroit City Council; Honorable Andre Spivey, Council Member, Detroit City Council and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.

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Detroit Branch NAACP announced Comerica Bank as the General Chair for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. (from left to right) Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; Patricia McCann, Vice President/National Civic Affairs Manager, Comerica Bank and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.

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Guests at the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Kick-Off at the Roostertail.

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Detroit Branch NAACP recognized Leon Richardson, President and CEO, ChemicoMays, LLC for serving as the General Co-Chair for the 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. Accepting the award on Mr. Richardson’s behalf was LaRoy Williams.

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Gregory Jackson, President and CEO, Prestige Automotive — Jackson Automotive Management is acknowledged for serving as General Co-Chair for the 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Celebration of the Life of “Madiba” Nelson Mandela

The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Shahida Mausi-Johnson from The Right Productions to unveil the plans for the special tribute to honor the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.  The tribute will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2013 from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.  at the Music Hall Center for Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public, but does require tickets.  For more information please read the following press statement. (Photos courtesy of Kwabena Shabu CCSD/Detroit)

Press Statement — Celebration of Nelson Mandela

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Detroit Branch NAACP Joins the World in Mourning the Passing of Nelson Mandela

Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, issued the following statement regarding the passing of Nelson Mandela. May his spirit continue to live on amongst each one of us.

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Detroit Honors Nelson Mandela and Gives Special Call to Action for Peace and Justice

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its partners the South African Embassy, Arab American Civil Rights League, Fellowship Chapel, Greater New Mt. Moriah, Historic Little Rock Baptist Church, Liberty Temple, and Temple Beth El held the first Detroit Mandela Day Celebration in honor of civil and human rights activist Nelson Mandela.

Mandela Day was a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, and commemoration of his life by continuing service to justice, peace, and racial cooperation and understanding. South African Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo was among the special guests who spoke to the importance of continuing to fight against injustice not only in Detroit but through out the world.

A special Call to Action was given during the celebration to honor Mandela’s life work of advocating for peace and justice. All are asked to:

  • Volunteer 67 Minutes of Service
    Join the Detroit Branch NAACP and give 67 minutes of service on Saturday, August 3, 2013 in a citywide voter registration and education outreach campaign supporting Mandela’s 67 years of service fighting for social justice and human rights.
  • Sign on the Line
    Join the Detroit Branch NAACP as we petition the United States of America Department of Justice to seek Justice for Trayvon Martin.
  • Text JUSTICE to 62227
    Join over 1.5 million people nationwide seeking Justice for Trayvon Martin.

Please contact the Detroit Branch NAACP at 313-871-2087 if you and/or your organization would like to partner for the August 3 Day of Service or to sign the letter to the Department of Justice.

 

The Mandela Day Celebration in Detroit was multi-racial, multi-cultural and inter-faith. From left to right (back row): Roland Hwang, Vice President, American Citizens for Justice; Ron Scott, Spokesperson, Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality; Atty. Melvin Butch Hollowell, General Counsel, Detroit Branch NAACP; Minister Victor Muhammad, Muhammad Mosque #1; Abdullah Ayad, President Emeritus, Arab Student Union, University of Michigan Dearborn; Rabbi Daniel B. Syme, Temple Beth El; Rev. Edwin Rowe, Pastor, Central United Methodist Church and Rev. Jim Holley, Pastor, the Historic Little Rock Baptist Church.
From left to right (front row): Juanita Moore, President & CEO, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History; Rev. Mayowa Reynolds, Fellowship Chapel; South African Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

South African Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo speaks to those who came out to honor the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.

Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP, South African Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

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Attendees at the Mandela Day Celebration held at Fellowship Chapel

Detroit to Hold Nelson Mandela Day Celebration and Call to Action for Justice and Peace June 24, 2013

Join the Detroit Branch NAACP, members of the Inter-faith Community, Labor, Civic, Community and Student Groups as we celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 95th Birthday and issue a clarion call for justice and peace.  The celebration will take place on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 6:00 P.M. at Fellowship Chapel located at 7707 W. Outer Drive.  Read the following press statement from Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP about the Detroit Mandela Day Celebration.

Press Statement — Detroit to Hold Nelson Mandela Day Celebration