The 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner is rapidly approaching. We look forward to a powerful and historic presentation from keynote speaker, the Honorable Senator Cory A. Booker of New Jersey.
The theme for this year is WE CAN’T REST NOW, THE STAKES ARE TOO HIGH! We see confusion occurring at the national level from the administration currently in the White House regarding voting rights, income inequality, gun violence, and the recent bombs dropping in Syria. As we continue to witness the investigation into the Russian interference in the national elections, none of us have the luxury of resting from our civic responsibilities.
The following press statement was issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the shooting of Brennan Walker.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
DETROIT – 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. diagnosed for the nation its most dangerous and deadly spiritual ulcer. Yet today, there are still too many in our communities who have failed to heed his prescription to see our character because they are too blinded by our color.
America still suffers from an illness rooted in an assumption fueled by a false perception and sustained by our racial condition. The recent shooting at 14-year old Brennan Walker, at a home in Rochester Hills, while simply trying to find his way to school, by a white homeowner, is another case-in-point. According to young Mr. Walker, after he knocked on the door for directions, he stepped back, a lady came to the door and started yelling, “Why are you trying to break into my house?” He indicated he was simply asking for directions. Herein lies the assumption. He is a black youth, at a white door, in a suburban neighborhood, therefore he must be trying to break in. Immediate reaction: grab your gun, shoot first, ask questions later.
Synergy: A Networking Experience is an exclusive and cost free gathering hosted by the Detroit Branch NAACP to support our Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. This year the event will be hosted on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 6:30 PM – 9PM at PV Lounge located at 1435 Randolph St. in downtown Detroit.
This years host committee includes leaders of the Detroit Professional network including the Detroit Branch NAACP Young Adult Committee, New Leaders Council Detroit, The Massive Group, LAH Strategies, Posh PR & Events, The Freedom Institute and Mr. Kenny Valentino. We are excited to bring together many of Detroit’s movers and shakers and connect them back to Detroit Branch NAACP through this social and engaging event.
At Synergy there will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres, music, great people, and a special ticket package offer to attend the 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. This package will only be available during the event for onsite purchases. This dinner is our largest fundraiser and supports our operations throughout the year, in particular, our youth and education initiatives and social justice advocacy work.
Detroit Branch President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony issued the following statement in regards to the recent death of Winnie Mandela.
“The passing of Winnie Mandela marks a significant point in the life of those who sacrificed so much to obtain justice, freedom, and dignity. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, known as “Nomzamo” (the mother of the nation), was the reason that many of us in the west were well acquainted with Nelson Mandela. For 27 years, from 1963- 1990, while Nelson Mandela was in prison, it was Winnie Mandela who was the face of the Anti- Apartheid Movement.”