Detroit Branch NAACP Hosts Kick-Off Reception and Passing of the Gavel for 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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Detroit Branch NAACP 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Kick-Off Reception and Passing of the Gavel (from left to right) 2016 Senior Corporate Chair Ford Motor Company & UAW-Ford represented by James Settles, Vice President, United Auto Workers; Angelique Peterson Mayberry, Director, Community Relations, UAW-Ford; Burt Jordan, Vice President, Global Vehicle, Powertrain Purchasing and Supplier Diversity Development, Ford Motor Company; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; 60th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Chairs represented by Eric Peterson, U.S. Vice President, Diversity Dealer Relations, General Motors Company; Trynda Thomas, HR Generalist, ChemicoMays LLC and Charles Nolen, Past President, Michigan Black Bar Owners Association.

The Detroit Branch NAACP held its Kick-Off reception and Passing of the Gavel ceremony on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the Roostertail in Detroit.  The Kick-Off Reception and Passing of the Gavel ceremony officially begins the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner season.  During the event the 2015 Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Chairs made the official transition to the 2016 Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner leadership team.  During this year’s event Ford Motor Company & UAW-Ford were announced as the 2016 Senior Corporate Chair.  Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony also unveiled the theme for the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.  This year’s theme is:

Let America Be America Again

The 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 5 p.m. at Cobo Conference Center.  For tickets, sponsorships or more information please call (313) 871-2087 or send an email to freedomfund@detroitnaacp.org.

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Mayor Mike Duggan purchasing the ceremonial 1st ticket to the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Kick-Off Reception and Passing of the Gavel. He is joined by (from left to right) Donnell White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; Burt Jordan, Vice President, Global Vehicle, Powertrain Purchasing and Supplier Diversity Development, Ford Motor Company and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.

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Attendees at the Kick-Off Reception and Passing of the Gavel for the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

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.