Official Press Statement — City of Detroit Corporation Counsel

The following press statement was issued on behalf of the Detroit Branch NAACP regarding Atty. Melvin Butch Hollowell leaving as Corporation Counsel for the City of Detroit and the nomination of Atty. Lawrence Garcia as new Corporation Counsel.

DETROIT – The Detroit Branch NAACP announces, with both a sense of pride and regret, its support in the recent announcement of Attorney Melvin Butch Hollowell’s decision to step down as the City of Detroit Corporation Counsel. Attorney Hollowell, who served with distinction as the Detroit Branch NAACP General Counsel, continues to move forward. He will now join the Miller Law Firm as Managing Partner of its new Detroit office. After four years serving as corporation counsel, his record of service to the public and to the ends of equal justice under law have been outstanding. It is particularly significant when one marks his creation of “Project Clean Slate”. Attorney Hollowell recruited 100 lawyers to handle non-violent criminal expungements for free, giving people who desperately needed help a second chance. We congratulate Attorney Hollowell and wish him well in this most significant and influential position.

Please click the link Official Press Statement – CofD Corporation Counsel to read the statement in full.

Detroit Branch NAACP Announces Honorees for 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference to announce the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement and Freedom and Justice Awardees for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. For the first time the Detroit Branch NAACP will have two James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement recipients. The James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement awardees are United States Congressman John Dingell (D-Michigan, 12th District) and United States Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan). North Carolina State Conference NAACP President Rev. Dr. William Barber, leader of the Moral Mondays protest in North Carolina will receive the Ida B. Wells Barnett Freedom and Justice Award. Detroit 15 (D-15), advocates for fair wages for fast food and retail workers, will receive the Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Award.

During the press conference Talmer Bancorp, Inc was also announced as the Senior Corporate Chair and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan purchased the ceremonial first ticket.

To read Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony’s press statement

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Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Donna Stallings, Community Activist and Entrepreneur and Linda Forte, Senior Vice President, Comerica Bank representing 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Chair Michael T. Ritchie, President, Michigan Market, Comerica Bank.
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David Provost, President and CEO, Talmer Bancorp Inc.; Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate

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Chair Gary Torgow, Chairman, Talmer Bancorp Inc.; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Hiram Jackson, CEO, Real Times Media and Publisher, The Michigan Chronicle and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.


Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP presents Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan with the ceremonial first ticket for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Special Panel Discussion and Remarks By Mayor Duggan Are A Part of the Voices For Action Forum

image001Detroit’s Mayor Michael Duggan will be one of the special guests at the Voices for Action Forum Review on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. The Voices for Action Forum Review will be held at the UAW Ford National Programs Center located at 151 W. Jefferson in Detroit.  This event is free and open to the public.

Voices for Action will release the findings from the forums held last June during the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Walk celebration.  In addition to the findings being released there will be a special panel discussion.  The panel discussion, “In the Tradition of Dr. King – Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” will be moderated by WDIV’s Channel 4 Devin Scillian and will feature:

  • 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
  • Rev. Charles Williams, President, National Action Network Michigan

Upon conclusion of the panel Mayor Duggan will bring his special remarks. More than 600 people participated in the forums held the day before the Commemorative Freedom Walk Down Woodward.  Both the Voices for Action think tank sessions and the Commemorative Freedom Walk Down Woodward were chaired by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP and Jimmy Settles, Vice President, UAW Ford.

Registration is required for the event.  To register please call (313) 874-0043 or (313) 871-2087.