64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Kick-Off Reception and Passing of the Gavel (from left to right):
63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Michael Turner, Chief of Staff, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office; 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Chair Melvin Butch Hollowell, Esq., Managing Partner, The Miller Law Firm; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; 64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair Gary Torgow, Chairman, Chemical Bank; 64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Community Chair Tonya Allen, President & CEO, Skillman Foundation and Kamilia K. Landrum, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony,President, Detroit Branch NAACP and Kamilia K. Landrum, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP, are presented a check by 64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair Gary Torgow, Chairman, Chemical Bank and Donnell R. White, Senior Vice President, Chemical Bank.

64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Community Chair Tonya Allen, President & CEO, Skillman Foundation presents a check to Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony and Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Director Kamilia K. Landrum.

Mayor Mike Duggan purchases the Ceremonial 1st ticket for the 64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

In This Section
Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner History
W.E.B DuBois Corporate Campaign Sponsor Levels
2019 Keynote Speaker
2019 Awardees
2019 Dinner Chairs

64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Forms

64th Annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner WEB DuBois 2019
2019 Souvenir Journal and Corporate Ticket Pricing
2019 Souvenir Journal and Ticket Pricing


64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner
Theme:
Freedom Knows Only One Direction…Forward!

Sunday, May 5, 2019
5:00 p.m.
Cobo Conference Center
1 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226


History

The Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner of the Detroit Branch NAACP was launched in April 1956 under the leadership of Branch President Edward M. Turner, Arthur L. Johnson and Dr. Lionel F. Swan, co-chairman.  Today, the Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner is the largest sit down dinner of its kind in the world. The Detroit Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner provides its guests with a first class meal, top notch entertainment, and some of the world’s renowned keynote address speakers.

In response to the direct appeals of Drs. Alfred Thomas, D.T. Burton, Lionel Swan and the Detroit Branch Officers, Turner, Johnson and  M. Kelly Fritz, who was serving as Branch Treasurer, and 59 members of the Detroit Medical Society became the Freedom Fund Dinner’s first subscribers, thereby guaranteeing the success of this significant new venture. Members of the medical society had been called to a special meeting in the Holiday Room of the Detroit’s famed Gotham Hotel.

The Freedom Fund Dinner was founded in a period of renewed national hope and determination among Black Americans, even in the face of continuing racial violence and tragedy. The National Chairman of the NAACP, Dr. Channing H. Tobias, had called for the establishment of a one million dollar fighting fund for freedom.

At this time in Detroit housing segregation, job discrimination and police brutality against Blacks were fixed patterns in the city’s way of life.

As the tentative plans for the Freedom Fund Dinner were being developed, a brutal racial killing took the life of Dr. Thomas Brewer, a prominent physician in Columbus, Georgia. Dr. Brewer’s immediate family and close relatives were very active and well known in Detroit. In part, motivated by the tragic murder of Dr. Brewer, Black physicians as a group in Detroit came together to support the Detroit Branch NAACP Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

The first dinner (held at the Latin Quarter) was a magnificent success. At $100 per couple, with 300 subscribers approximately, $30,000 was donated.

Beginning with Thurgood Marshall as the first keynote speaker, the Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner has brought to its platform a virtual constellation of distinguished speakers and entertainers, among them, Barbara Jordan, Roy Wilkins, Howard Thurman, Senator Edward Brooks, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, Governor Mario Cuomo, Senator Ted Kennedy, Chief Justice Earl Warren, Joint Chief of Staff, Chairman, General Colin Powell, Ron Brown, Kweisi Mfume, Lee Iaccoca, Sammy Davis, Jr., Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Dick Gregory, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Vice President Al Gore, President Bill Clinton, Danny Glover, Julian Bond, Senator Hillary Clinton, then Senator Barack Obama, Dr. Manning Marable, Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Rev. Dr. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Congressman John Lewis, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Professor Charles Ogletree, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Senator Cory Booker.

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W.E.B. DuBois Corporate Campaign:

Platinum $50,000

  • Photo With Keynote Speaker
  • Bring Two (2) minute remarks at Freedom Fund Dinner Event
  • 60-Second Video
  • Three (3) Dais Seats (Two (2) Dais Seats w/ Keynote Speaker)
  • Five (5) Tables Of Ten (10) (Three (3) in Priority Seating)
  • Website Link (Over 10,000 Visits Per Month)
  • Double Page Spread (preferred placement in Souvenir Journal)
  • Banner Recognition
  • Ten (10) Invitations To Dais & President’s Reception
  • Recognition As Co-Sponsor Of President’s Reception
  • Sponsor (6) Youth Tables with signage
  • Video Credits
  • Promotional Item Giveaway to all Guests (optional)

Diamond $35,000

  • Photo With Keynote Speaker
  • 30-second video shown at Dinner
  • Two (2) Dais Seats (One (1) on Dais w/ Keynote Speaker)
  • Four (4) Tables Of Ten (10) (Two (2) in Priority Seating)
  • Website Link (Over 10,000 Visits Per Month)
  • Double Page Spread (preferred placement in Souvenir Journal)
  • Banner Recognition
  • Eight (8) Invitations To Dais & President’s Reception
  • Recognition As Co-Sponsor Of President’s Reception
  • One Full Page Color Ad In Souvenir Journal
  • Sponsor Five (5) Youth Tables with Signage
  • Video Credits
  • Promotional Item Giveaway to all Guests (optional)

Gold $25,000

  • One (1) seat on Dais w/ Keynote Speaker
  • Three (3) Tables Of Ten (One (1) in Priority Seating)
  • Website Link (Over 10,000 Visits Per Month)
  • Full Page Color Ad (preferred placement in Souvenir Journal)
  • Banner Recognition
  • Six (6) Invitations To Dais & President’s Reception
  • Recognition As Co-Sponsor Of President’s Reception
  • Sponsor Three (3) Youth Tables With Signage
  • Video Credits
  • Photo w/Keynote Speaker

Silver $15,000

  • One (1) Dais Seat
  • Two (2) Tables Of Ten (10)
  • Full Page Color Ad in Souvenir Journal
  • Banner Recognition
  • Four (4) Invitations To Dais & President’s Reception
  • Sponsor Two (2) Youth Tables with Signage
  • Video Credits
  • Website Link (Over 10,000 visits per month)

Bronze $7,500

  • One (1) Table Of Ten (10)
  • One (1) Full Page Black/White Ad In Souvenir Journal
  • Two (2) Invitations to Dais & President’s Reception
  • Sponsor One (1) Youth Table With Signage
  • Banner Recognition

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2019 Keynote Speaker

Honorable Kamala Harris
United States Senator (D-California)




2019 Awardees


James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Awardee

Dr. Charles G. Adams
Pastor, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church





Freedom & Justice Awardee

AKON
Artist, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur





Great Expectations Awardee

Dr. Amanda Alexander
Executive Director, Detroit Justice Center





Great Expectations Awardee

Darryl Woods Sr.
Former Prison Branch President, Ryan Correctional Facility




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2019 Dinner Chairs

2019 Senior Corporate Chair
Gary Torgow
Chairman
Chemical Bank






2019 Senior Community Chair
Tonya Allen
President & CEO
Skillman Foundation

 

6 thoughts on “64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

  1. What is the date for the 57th Annual Fight for Freedom Dinner?

    Thank you.

    • Thank you Sandra for contacting the Detroit Branch NAACP. The 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at the Cobo Conference Center – Detroit, MI. We hope you will visit again as we will have new updates on the Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner posted regularly.

    • Thank you Brenda for contactinig the Detroit Branch NAACP. Tickets to the Detroit Branch NAACP’s 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner are $150, of which $75 can be applied towards your NAACP Lifetime Membership. Tickets are currently available for purchase at our office (8220 Second Ave. Detroit, MI). We hope you will visit again as we will have new updates on the 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner posted regularly. We look forward to seeing you on May 6, 2012.

    • Hello Keisha and thank you for contacting the Detroit Branch NAACP. The President’s Reception is an opportunity for us to thank our corporate sponsors for their support to the Detroit Branch NAACP.

      We encourage you to attend our General Membership Meetings every 4th Thursday of each Month, visit our website, or contact our office at 313-871-2087 for all monthly updates. Additionally, we invite you to join us for the 50th Anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr., Freedom Walk. The event will be held June 22, 2013 and we will meet at the intersection of Warren & Forest at 9:00A.M. More information can be found at http://www.freedomwalkdetroit.com.

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