detroit naacp en Commemorative Freedom Walk celebrates 50th anniversary of 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="">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 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 <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 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 Petitions now in state hands,Public Act 4 opponents call for "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