DETROIT (July 30, 2019) – A reporter asked me the other day in preparing for the Democratic Candidates Forum, what do black people want? It is not the first time I’ve been asked such a transparent question. Black and brown people are Americans, even though many don’t want to recognize that fact. We didn’t fall out of the sky like manna from heaven. Black folks, originally brought here on slave ships, have fought for and earned every right and privilege America has to offer. We are not some American aberration, nor are we a figment of American imagination. Quite frankly, we want the same damn thing that every other American wants.
Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony issued the
following press statement regarding the passing of Judge Damon Keith
DETROIT (April 28, 2019) – The civil rights
community has lost a giant among those who have consistently fought to hold
fast to the rein of justice and equity for all people. This is particularly
true in the cause of Black Freedom and social justice. Judge Damon Keith for a half century has led
in this cause. An icon in the civil rights community, he has rendered
uncompromising decisions from punishing illegal government wiretapping, and the
racial motivation of building a wall of segregation around the City of Pontiac.
He would certainly
be a thorn in the judicial side of this current administration and its treacherous
policies of family separation and deportation. He was an early opponent in the
judicial process to expose secret deportations and government abuse of its authority. Judge Keith will long be remembered for his
work off the bench with the NAACP. He was an early organizer and supporter of
the largest sit-down Dinner in the nation, the Annual Fight For Freedom Fund
Dinner of the Detroit Branch.
He was a great supporter an advocate for the City of Detroit and for African American political empowerment. Judge Keith represents an era of bold and courageous judicial principles. These principles helped guide precedents for those too cautious to be just and sometimes too afraid to stand alone! In the words of Congresswoman Maxine Waters, “I have the gavel and I am not afraid to use it!” Judge Keith used the judicial gavel to open doors and knock down barriers.
will long be remembered as a true follower and believer in the works and
direction of the great attorney an civil rights lawyer Charles Hamilton Houston,
who said, “A lawyer is either a social engineer or he is a parasite on society.”
Thank you Judge Keith for being a social engineer. We have a spoiler alert! Look out heaven,
here comes the Judge!!
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(April 9. 2019) –
The 64th Annual
Fight For Freedom
Fund Dinner promises
to be one of excitement, high energy, and full of surprises. The stars will
shine brightly on Sunday, May 5, 2019. We are pleased to announce a special
red- carpet pathway for those attending the Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. For
many who have never had the red- carpet experience this is designed to make
everyone attending feel special and important for this historic event. The red
carpet will be held from 3:00 – 4:30 pm on Freedom Sunday.
We are pleased to announce that one of Americas foremost
journalists and White House correspondent will be in attendance to receive our very special
Ida B. Wells Freedom & Justice Award. She is known for her piercing
questions, unrelenting pursuit
of truth and transparency. She has often been chided by the President of the United States as a trouble maker and has
been told to “sit down” and ask no further questions in press briefings at the
White House. She is an author, writer,
and Washington D.C.,
bureau chief of American Urban
Radio Networks. She is a political analyst for CNN and
was named as the Journalist of the Year in 2017 by the National Association of
Black Journalists. She has covered four presidential administrations. The
recipient of this prestigious award is of course journalist April Ryan.
There will be no shortage of star power at this year’s dinner. One of our very special guests is the recipient of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. He has appeared in more than 100 films, including Menace to Society, Dead Presidents, Next Friday, Friday After Next, and Ray. He has played Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the film Selma, Lord, Selma. He guest starred in the Heat of the Night and Murder She Wrote. He is also a philanthropist and an advocate for those in the criminal justice system. We are pleased to welcome television and film star Clifton Powell to the city of Detroit.
DETROIT (March 26, 2019) — The Detroit
Branch NAACP has once again
arrived at a historic moment.
We are now on the eve of
our 64th Annual Fight For
Freedom Fund Dinner. The dinner is scheduled for Sunday, May 5, at 5pm, at the
Cobo Convention Center, soon to be renamed the Chemical Bank Center.
This year will be one of the most
exciting years to date. As you know, this is more than just a dinner. It is an
assembly and networking opportunity to bring together persons from all walks of
life. It includes business, community, faith-based, labor, grassroots, and the
professional fruit from around the nation. This event is one of the jewels of
the city of Detroit. No other city in America assembles together through a
civil rights organization the number of people with the diversity and community
outreach as the Detroit Branch NAACP.
This year we are particularly pleased as we will honor an individual whose very name and international fame is synonymous with a lifetime of achievement. He is a native Detroiter, graduate of Detroit Public Schools, former president of the Detroit Branch NAACP, and former president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. Recognized by many as a lecturer, preacher, orator, and mentor, he is of course the Harvard Hooper, better known as the Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams, Senior Pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church. He will receive the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award.
As is our tradition, the Detroit Branch casts a very wide net in the grassroots community and entertainment world. This year, we will honor a man who is an entertainer and creative artist. He has sold over 35 million albums worldwide, 5 Grammy award nominations, and 45 Billboard Hot 100 songs under his belt. He is the visionary behind two thriving record labels, KonLive and Konvict Muzik. He has produced for both Lady Gaga and T-Pain. Forbes Magazine recognized him among its 100 celebrities list in 2010. Pepsi chose him to produce Oh Africa for the 2010 World Cup. Yet, it is not just for his entertainment, but it is for his enlightenment to build lighting in over 15 African nations. He is also spreading his Lighting Africa Project to the United States. He is a community person who is moved beyond entertainment to what is known as “edutainment.”.
DETROIT (December 6, 2018) – One has to wonder whether or not we actually had midterm elections in 2018. The recent actions by Republican led state legislatures in Michigan and Wisconsin, and election controversy in North Carolina raise serious questions about maintaining the integrity of our electoral process. The actions now taken to undercut the election in the state of Michigan by the Republican dominated state legislature is more crooked than the great train robberies committed by Jesse and Frank James in the Missouri territories. The only thing the legislature in Michigan lacks is a face mask and a six shooter.
One of the framers of our democracy Thomas Jefferson said, “Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.” During this “shame duck session,” some members of the Michigan House don’t seem to care nor are they acting as if the people are looking. They are robbing the citizens who voted overwhelmingly for Proposal 2 (Voters Not Politicians), 67-33%, designed to end the practice of gerrymandering. They are attempting to rob the people of their affirmative decision in Proposal 3 (Promote the Vote), 61-39%, designed to provide greater voter access. This is no more than a political heist of the highest order. The plan is to undercut the power of incoming Governor-Elect Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State-Elect Jocelyn Benson, and Attorney General-Elect Dana Nessel. In other words, they are attempting to steal the power of Michiganders who voted to change the political direction in Michigan.
The following press statement was given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony during a press conference held on Thursday, December 6, 2018.
DETROIT (December 6, 2018) – The Detroit Branch NAACP is pleased to announce plans for 2019 as we host the 110th National Convention of the NAACP, July 20-24, 2019, here in the city of Detroit. Next month, we will also be announcing plans for the 64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner, scheduled for May 5, 2019. Today we welcome to our city NAACP President, Attorney Derrick Johnson, and other members of our Executive Board. As Detroit hosts the annual convention, it will send a signal to the rest of the nation that ALL ROADS REALLY DO LEAD TO DETROIT.
We are very excited about our special Blue-Ribbon Host Committee, chaired by Mr. Gerard Anderson, CEO of DTE Energy, led by Mr. Jerry Norcia, President of DTE Energy. DTE has been a leading partner with the NAACP locally and is expanding its reach to include an even more prominent national partnership as well. Ms. Nancy Moody, DTE Energy Vice President of Public Affairs, has been an energizing partner in plans for our 110th annual convention.