Detroit Branch NAACP hosts installation ceremony

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

The Detroit Branch NAACP is hosting an installation ceremony Thursday for the advocacy group’s elected 2015-16 officers and executive committee.

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Federal Reserve Bank, 1600 E. Warren. The Rev. Wendell Anthony, branch president, is expected to receive the oath of office from U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit.

As the longest-serving leader in the branch’s history, he was re-elected in November and is starting his 12th term, group officials said.

The other NAACP officers are attorney John E. Johnson Jr., first vice president; James Settles Jr., second vice president; Alice Thompson, third vice president; Shekitra Green, secretary; and Indira Glass, treasurer.

The executive committee includes George P. Barnes Jr.; Leon Richardson; Marvin Beatty; Katie Riley; LaKeisha Becton; Ken Shapiro; Marvel Cheeks; Khalilah Spencer; Willie E. Hampton; Muddasar Tawakkul; Ken Harris; Rashida Tlaib; Hiram Jackson; Kevin Tolbert; James Jenkins Jr.; Michael Turner; Richard Mack; and Hester Wheeler.

Considered the largest NAACP branch, the group works to offer “the most expansive programming ranging from youth leadership and development, advocacy work centered around education and police reform, civil and voting rights, and economic opportunities for minorities; addressing health disparities in the African-American community and promoting healthy lifestyles,” officials said.

The branch also hosts the annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. This year marks the 60th.

Considered one of the largest sit-down dinners in the country, the gathering is the group’s largest fundraiser and is expected to draw thousands of guests to Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.

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