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The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference on Monday, April 11, 2016 to announce the Keynote Speaker and Awardees for its 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner that will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Cobo Conference Center located at 1 Washington Blvd in Detroit. The press conference was led by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP. Rev. Anthony announced that former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will serve as this year’s Keynote Speaker. This is Secretary Clinton’s second time serving as keynote speaker, she also spoke while serving as a United States Senator in 2004.

In addition to announcing Secretary Clinton as the Keynote, Rev. Anthony also announced the following:

2016 Ida B. Wells Freedom and Justice Awardee

Ivy Bailey, President, Detroit Federation of Teachers

2016 Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Awardee

Honorable Goeff Hansen, Michigan State Senator (34th District)

2016 Great Expectations Awardees

• Shaka Senghor

Author, Writing My Wrongs

• Honorable Mary Sheffield

Councilwoman, City of Detroit

“The Detroit Branch NAACP is pleased to announce this lineup for the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner,” says Rev. Anthony. “Our theme, ‘Let America be America Again,’ will be well represented by our Keynote Speaker and Awardees, who come from different backgrounds and industries, but showcase what is good about having a diverse America.”

Additional announcements from the press conference included a special tribute that will take place during the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner which will celebrate the tradition of American diversity. This tribute will feature youth from various cultures and ethnicities from Metro Detroit.

Tickets for the Detroit Branch NAACP’s 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner are available now. For more information please call (313) 871-2087 or visit detroitnaacp.org.

The Detroit Branch NAACP is the largest branch in the NAACP. For more information please call

(313) 871-2087.

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