Kid Rock, the officers targeted by the shooting at the Detroit Police Department’s Northwestern District last month and a local community group are to be among those honored at this year’s NAACP Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner.
During a press conference today at the NAACP office in Detroit, chapter president the Rev. Wendell Anthony said Kid Rock, who is to receive the group’s Great Expectations Award, has been an important booster for Detroit.
“He’s a champion for Detroit,” Anthony said, noting “this is not just about black folk. This is about all folk who believe in freedom and equality.”
This year’s dinner, the 56th annual event, is set for 5 p.m. May 1 at Cobo Center. "Access Hollywood" anchor Shaun Robinson will moderate. The theme is “We’ve changed the guard, now let’s guard the change.”
In addition to Kid Rock, Cmdr. Brian Davis, Sgt. Ray Saati, Sgt. Carrie Shultz and Officer David Anderson, along with other members of the Detroit Police Department’s 6th Precinct, are to be recognized with the group’s Mary White Ovington Freedom and Justice Award. The officers were injured when a gunman, who died in the incident, walked into the station and opened fire unexpectedly.
And Detroit 300, a group of residents credited with helping bring a serial rapist to justice, is to receive the Ida B. Wells Freedom & Justice Award.
SOURCE: Eric D.Lawrence / Detroit Free Press Staff Writer