Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA, 43rd District) will receive the Detroit Branch NAACP’s James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. The Dinner will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 5 pm at Cobo Conference and Convention Center in Detroit. In addition to honoring Congresswoman Waters, Jane C. Garcia, Board Chair, Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development (LASED) will receive the Ida B. Wells Freedom and Justice Award.
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) will serve as this year’s Keynote speaker. Additional honorees include Sally Yates, former U.S. Attorney General, who will receive the Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Award; and Great Expectations Awardees — Angelique Peterson-Mayberry, Vice President, Detroit Public Schools Community District School Board and the Eastern Michigan University Black Student Union and NAACP Chapter.
There will also be a special tribute to women performed by the Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Youth Entertainment Corp. All women attendees to the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner are encouraged to wear white.
“We are excited to honor Congresswoman Waters with the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award,” says Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP. “Her career of public service has been dedicated to speaking truth to power and we applaud her for not backing down and continuing to be a much needed voice and advocate for all. We are also please to uplift LASED Board Chair Jane Garcia. She remains steadfast and vigilant in working for justice for our Latino brothers and sisters. The place to be on Sunday April 23 is the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner to hear from this powerful line up speakers and awardees committed to freedom and justice.”
To purchase tickets, tables and sponsorships please call 313-871-2087 or click this link to download ticket forms — 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.
The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 to announce the Keynote Speaker and Awardees for its 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner that will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Cobo Conference Center located at 1 Washington Blvd in Detroit. The press conference was led by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP. Rev. Anthony announced U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren as this year’s Keynote Speaker.
In addition to announcing Senator Warren as the Keynote, Rev. Anthony also announced the following:
2017 James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Awardee
Congresswoman Maxine Waters
(D-California, 43rd District)
2017 Ida B. Wells Freedom and Justice Awardee
Jane C. Garcia
Board Chair, LA SED
2017 Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Awardee
Former United States Attorney General
2017 Great Expectations Awardees
Eastern Michigan University Black Student Union
Eastern Michigan University NAACP Chapter
Angelique Peterson Mayberry
Vice President, Detroit Public Schools Community District School Board
Director, Community Relations, UAW Ford
Other details announced during the press conference include a special tribute by the Freedom Fund Dinner Youth Entertainment Corp highlighting the contributions of women. Tickets for the Detroit Branch NAACP’s 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner are available now. For more information please call (313) 871-2087 or click the link to download ticket, table and sponsorship forms 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.
Click the link Official Press Statement – 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner to read Rev. Anthony’s press statement in its entirety.