"Top Branch" Award and interesting Things

June 18, 1941

Less than two weeks before a scheduled march on Washington, its chief organizer, (Asa) A. Philip Randolph, was invited to the White House by President Franklin Roosevelt. Randolph was the president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first successful black trade union. He, along with activist and singer Bayard Rustin, had issued a “Call to Negro America to March on Washington for Jobs and Equal Participation in National Defense on July 1, 1941.”

Roosevelt was wary of the prospect of such a demonstration and desirous of developing support for a war effort. Randolph told Roosevelt he would abandon the march plans only if the president would stop job discrimination in both the defense industry and the government. Before the end of the month, Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802, which barred government contractors from discriminating in hiring on the basis of race, color, creed or national origin.

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Leola Wilson received the Distinguished Service Award, Saginaw Valley State University's most prestigious award for a community member. Wilson was recognized recently during SVSU's All-University Awards Banquet.
Wilson is recognized for serving as president of Saginaw's chapter of the NAACP since 1998, where she represents nearly 1,500 members. She also served continuously on the board of the Saginaw Intermediate School District since 1975. She provided dedicated service to SVSU as a member of the Board of Control from 2005 to 2013. After completing her term on the board, Wilson served as a member of the presidential search advisory committee during 2013 and 2014.


Hello All!!

My smiles are because we were named the "TOP Branch" by the State President.  President White in presenting recognized our continuous high memberships. Our continuous involvement in the community.  The State Secretary added our memberships come regularly, everything is in order, membership forms, checks.  President and Secretary reported we consistently average about 600 memberships a year.  They are proud of what we do to help the State Conference.  The "Holler Out" was how do we do it !!  I said two great secretaries and treasurer. A top Freedom Fund Banquet.  I can't forget our great board.  I took a FFB book to present and in our report told about our Young Professionals, Honorees and Speaker.
We do a great job, working together.  I will be giving Deb the check for $500.00 from the State Conference for our outstanding work as a Branch.  Thanks to you all.  God bless!

National Futures Without Violence Respect Campaign

Jeff Schrier | MLive.com Arthur Hill High School junior Ceria Barnes, a member of the Teen Advisory Council, waves to her family as students and staff applaud in the school's media center, Monday morning, Dec. 14, 2015. Barnes won the top prize in the National Futures Without Violence Respect Campaign regional contest for her essay on bullying. She won $2,500 cash and a $250 Macy's gift card and $2,500 for Health Delivery Inc.'s school-based health center.