Governor Gretchen Whitmer was awarded the Detroit Branch NAACP Mary Church Terrell Freedom & Justice Award at the NAACP’s 65th Annual Fight for Freedom Fund Event. The award is presented each year to an individual whose actions, commitment, and integrity reflect the continuous struggle for justice and equality, exemplified by one of the founders of the NAACP. It was named after Mary Church Terrell, a champion in the struggle for dignity and respect for African Americans.
“As a lifelong NAACP member, it is such an honor to receive this award, and I am so grateful for the NAACP’s partnership as we have worked to build a more equitable Michigan together,” said Governor Whitmer.
Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President of the Detroit Branch NAACP for the last 27 years, said, “This Award is presented to Governor Whitmer for her unyielding stand for health care protection for Michiganders, refusal to submit to threats against her life and liberty and standing strong against personal attacks from the President of the United States. She is indeed BIG GRETCH OUR GOVERNOR!”
The Detroit Branch NAACP has been the largest branch of the NAACP since its inception in 1912.