Wendell Anthony

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Rev.Wendell Anthony

Michigan Coalition for Human Rights

In 2007/08 2007-08 Rev. Wendell Anthony, Fellowship Chapel United Ch. Of Christ , served on the Advisory Board of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights.[1]

Human Rights Day Celebrations

On the evening of December 10th, 2008 Democratic Socialists of America members Helen Samberg, Earl Mandel, and David Green staffed a table at the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR) celebration of Human Rights Day at the Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield. They distributed copies of DSA’s Economic Justice Agenda, Democratic Left (DSA’s quarterly national magazine), and the Detroit DSA newsletter. They also gathered signatures on DSA’s Renegotiate NAFTA petition. Reverend Wendell Anthony, President of the Detroit NAACP, delivered the keynote address at this event [2]

CAIR Michigan 2010 Banquet

The 2010 Michigan CAIR gala, was held on March 31, with about "1,000 attendees including many powerful audience members from the business, media, and political community". Present at this year’s fundraiser was Nihad Awad, who founded CAIR and set it up as a not-for-profit franchise operation of sorts, with now branch offices across the country to advocate for Muslims.

But the real jewels in the crown of the 2010 CAIR Michigan fundraiser were the civil rights workers who for sixty years have been deeply involved at their own personal peril with the struggle for civil rights in the USA.

Jesse Jackson , the keynote speaker, was one of those. But there was also Rep. John Conyers (D-MI-14), whom Jackson described as “perhaps the only man who was ever endorsed by Martin Luther King.” There was Rep. John Dingell (D-MI-15). There were many others, including the strong gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero (currently Lansing’s mayor).

Other attendees included Wendell Anthony, Imam and CAIR Michigan Executive Director Dawud Walid, CAIR Michigan Attorney Lena Masri, Ron Scott, Raheem Hanifa, and Jukaku Tayeb of CAIR Michigan.[3]

Detroit Angela Davis gathering

A standing room only crowd of nearly 2,000 people welcomed Angela Davis, October 24, 2012, to Detroit to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her acquittal on charges of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy. The event, held at Fellowship Chapel on the city's northwest side, was a "powerful demonstration of the respect and affection Detroiters have for Professor Davis and her history of struggle for economic, racial and gender justice."

The program included Fellowship Pastor Wendell Anthony, Congressman John Conyers, Detroit City Councilperson JoAnn Watson, Metro Detroit AFL-CIO President Chris Michalakis, Retired Wayne County Circuit Court Judge and civil rights activist Claudia Morcom, Metro AFL-CIO Civil Rights Committee Chair Michele Artt and UAW Vice-President Cindy Estrada.

In his opening remarks, Rev. Anthony described the outpouring as "an expression of Detroiters' love for activism and historical correctness." Councilperson Watson called Prof. Davis "the queen mother of the movement" and brought a testimonial resolution from the Detroit City Council honoring her.[4]

Detroit bankruptcy fightback

In the wake of the municipal bankruptcy filed by Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, on Sept. 7 2014, about 500 people attended a rally sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Jr. and chaired by Democratic Socialists of America member Professor Michael Eric Dyson, with panelists including the Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit NAACP; City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson; Al Garrett, president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 25; and columnist Julianne Malveaux. The speakers stressed the need for mass mobilization in the streets to challenge the racist Wall Street attack on Detroit, a majority African-American city.[5]

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