detroit naacp http://michiganradio.org en Commemorative Freedom Walk celebrates 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. speech http://michiganradio.org/post/commemorative-freedom-walk-celebrates-50th-anniversary-martin-luther-king-jr-speech <p>Just as his father did fifty years ago, Martin Luther King III will address an expected march of thousands in Detroit.</p><p>This year Detroit celebrates the 50th anniversary of the day Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. <a href="http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_speech_at_the_great_march_on_detroit">stood before 25,000 people at Cobo Hall in Detroit</a> and declared, "I have a dream this afternoon." This was just two months before the historic March on Washington.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 19:15:17 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12975 at http://michiganradio.org Commemorative Freedom Walk celebrates 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. speech Detroit NAACP celebrates 100 years, talks future of civil rights at annual dinner http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-naacp-celebrates-100-years-talks-future-civil-rights-annual-dinner <p>The Detroit branch of the NAACP held its annual &ldquo;Fight for Freedom fund&rdquo; dinner last night.<br /><br /> There was celebration of the branch&rsquo;s centennial anniversary this year. But there was also grave concern over continuing civil rights struggles.<br /><br /> The dinner is traditionally one of the Detroit NAACP&rsquo;s largest&mdash;and most lucrative&mdash;events.<br /><br /> This year, it drew thousands of people, including much of Michigan&rsquo;s political and business elite.<br /> Mon, 07 May 2012 04:11:45 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7361 at http://michiganradio.org Groups behind Public Act 4 referendum effort say petitions will withstand legal challenge http://michiganradio.org/post/groups-behind-public-act-4-referendum-effort-say-petitions-will-withstand-legal-challenge <p>Supporters of a ballot initiative to overturn Michigan&rsquo;s emergency manager law say their petitions will withstand any challenges.</p><p>They gathered more than 226,000 signatures in an effort to put the law up for voter referendum.</p><p>Those petitions now await certification from the state board of canvassers.</p><p>Detroit NAACP lawyer Butch Hollowell says the petitions should easily stand up to the latest legal challenge: a claim, filed by the group Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, that petition headers were typed in the wrong font size.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 00:17:41 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6994 at http://michiganradio.org Petitions now in state hands,Public Act 4 opponents call for "supervised process" http://michiganradio.org/post/petitions-now-state-handspublic-act-4-opponents-call-supervised-process <p>Opponents of Michigan&rsquo;s emergency manager law, Public Act 4, say they&rsquo;re concerned about the integrity of petitions they just handed over to the Secretary of State.</p><p>If enough petition signatures are certified (approximately 161,000--organizers say they&#39;ve collected more than 220,000), the law would be suspended until a voter referendum in November.</p><p>Because it&rsquo;s a politically-charged matter of numbers, organizers say they want to make sure those petitions are supervised and handled properly.</p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 02:22:26 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6510 at http://michiganradio.org