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Posted on Sat, Nov 3, 2012 : 7:01 p.m.

Ann Arbor NAACP dinner on Sunday to showcase student scholars

By Lisa Carolin

The theme of this year's NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner will focus on the upcoming election: "Your Power, Your Decision-VOTE."


The event is a tradition for the Ann Arbor NAACP, which was chartered on February 14, 1949. Then, in 1955, Mayor Edward Pierce proclaimed the first Saturday in November as NAACP Day in Ann Arbor.

This year's dinner takes place Sunday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. This is the event's 27th consecutive year.

"The purpose of this event is to showcase African American Public School student scholars who have maintained a 3.2 GPA or higher during the most recently completed academic year," said WIlliam V. Hampton, president of the Ann Arbor branch of the NAACP.

"Each student attends at no cost, and we also announce our scholarship recipient."

"It's unique in that we recognize successful students and use the proceeds to offer college scholarships," said Susan Baskett, a participant in the dinner.

Guests at the dinner, which takes place at the Sheraton Inn Ann Arbor Hotel, are encouraged to support a Freedom Fund Scholar for $35.

Speakers at the dinner include Frances McMullan, Ypsilanti's City Clerk and Washtenaw County's highest ranking African American appointed election official. She will talk about why the right to vote remains a privilege, the need to complete a ballot, what first time voters need to know, and explain what voter intimidation and voter suppression are.

More than 300 people are expected to attend the dinner. For information on the NAACP, call 734-761-9084.


Alan Goldsmith

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 11:16 a.m.

"Ed Pierce, Mayor of Ann Arbor, 1985-1987". Back when our world class city had a world class Mayor.


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 1:29 p.m.

I only pointed that out to note that he could NOT have been Mayor in 1955. We 'kinda' had a world class newspaper once too, alas.


Sun, Nov 4, 2012 : 11:48 a.m.

"She will talk about why the right to vote remains a privilege..." There's a contradiction. Voting IS a right, not a privilege.


Sun, Nov 4, 2012 : 6:07 a.m.

I say a comment is surrounded in racism and its' removed but this comment exist with no problem without zero FACTUAL basis to back it up. Interesting indeed "Why is promoting a racist event--handing out awards only to students with the "right" skin color? Why is a black student with a 3.2 GPA more deserving of an award than an Asian student with a 4.2?"


Sun, Nov 4, 2012 : 6:11 p.m.

Your so-called question is based on facts not in evidence--that there is racism at work here. As I noted above, you clearly have no idea what the word means, hence the question posed about your question.

Angry Moderate

Sun, Nov 4, 2012 : 5:47 p.m.

they* are

Angry Moderate

Sun, Nov 4, 2012 : 5:46 p.m.

The comment consists of 2 questions. Questions don't need a "factual basis"...that are asking for facts.


Sun, Nov 4, 2012 : 4:35 a.m.

Lisa, I'm sorry, who's the lady pictured in the article? I must be blind and can't see if she's mentioned.


Sun, Nov 4, 2012 : 8:16 p.m.

Thank you, Susie. I saw the name, but thought it was somebody quoted for the article's sake.

Susie Q

Sun, Nov 4, 2012 : 1:46 p.m.

Susan Baskett....Ann Arbor School Board Trustee


Sun, Nov 4, 2012 : 3:32 a.m.

Ed Pierce, Mayor of Ann Arbor, 1985-1987 []

Real Life

Sun, Nov 4, 2012 : 2:28 a.m.

Mitt Romney spoke at the NAACP convention. Barack Obama dissed them. Is the Ann Arbor branch going to support the candidate who represents hope, and progress? Or are they going to support stagnation and dissonance under Obama?


Sun, Nov 4, 2012 : 2:20 a.m.

Me thinks Stacey Dash or Allen West will NOT be invited speakers...