Saturday, March 28, 2009

NAACP to Honor Aretha Franklin & The Rev. Al Sharpton

DETROIT -- Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at this year's Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner, the largest annual fundraiser for the Detroit Branch NAACP, officials announced Thursday.

Franklin will receive the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement award.

"(Aretha Franklin) has been honored by many all over the world," said the Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the branch.

"Yet there is no award like getting the award and total recognition from those in your own hometown."

The 54th annual dinner will be held at 5 p.m. May 3 in Cobo Center. Anthony said he will announce the name of the keynote speaker as soon as next week.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, the founder of the Brooklyn-based National Action Network, and the Rev. Edwin Rowe of the Central United Methodist Church downtown also will be honored at the dinner with Freedom and Justice Awards for their contributions to civil rights and justice, Anthony said.

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Congrats to the both of them!

“All achievement is the triumph of persistence.” - John Rennie

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