Freedom Institute gears up for Freedom Weekend 2018

Freedom Institute will host Freedom Weekend 2018 from May 2 – 5, 2018 at Fellowship Chapel located at 7707 W. Outer Drive in Detroit.  Freedom Weekend will feature a multitude of exciting events that will have something for everyone.
“Freedom Weekend 2018 is packed with a stellar line up of activities that is representative of the multi-generational aspect of our community,” says Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, Founder and Chairman, Freedom Institute.  “This year’s line-up promises to leave our attendees enriched and enlightened with engaging summits, fairs and luncheons.”
The Freedom Institute for Economic, Social Justice and People Empowerment is a 501(c)(3) organization created to impact and enhance the quality of life for individuals with a particular emphasis on people of color.  Over fifteen years ago, Freedom Institute began Freedom Weekend as a vehicle to help uplift the local Detroit community with hopes of making an impact statewide and nationally.
“The Freedom Institute is committed to making these events free and open to the public so that all who wish to attend are able,” says Monica Anthony, Director, Freedom Institute.   “We encourage attendees to pre-register and experience this dynamic roster of events.”
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  To pre-register please visit For more information please call (313) 347-2834.
Schedule of Events
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Career Day and Youth Summit
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Career Day and Youth Summit will provide engaging and interactive workshops for high school students in the areas of – Business, Culinary Arts, Performing Arts, STEM, Visual Arts and Written Arts.  The Career Day and Youth Summit is hosted by the Detroit Branch NAACP, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, DTE Energy Foundation, Fifth Third Bank and General Motors.
Youth Speak Out – Guns, Violence and Solutions
5;30 – 7:30 p.m.

Moderator — Andrea Isom, Special Projects Reporter, WXYZ
The Youth Speak Out is an opportunity for teens and young adults to share their concerns and issues as it relates to guns and violence.  The speak out will also serve as a strategy session for the youth and young adults to devise ways on how to make an impact on these issues in their respective communities.  Detroit Tee will also provide a special performance.
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! – A Super Career Expo
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Seeks to match opportunity with potential.  It will feature employers, career readiness workshops and job clinics addressing:

  • Coding
  • Make Your Resume Great: Accomplishments, Brand and Summary
  • Answering Common and Difficult Interview Questions
  • Credit 101
  • Eliminating Barriers in Recruitment and Hiring
  • Financial Aid
  • Dressing For Success
  • Job Coaching
  • Online Job Searching
  • Resume Critiques

The job fair is free and open to the public.  Attendees can pre-register by calling 313-664-2422 or visiting  Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! – A Super Career Expo is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and done in partnership with Bedrock Detroit, Quicken Loans, Jack Entertainment and the Family of Companies, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, Detroit Pubic Library, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Jackets for Jobs and Wayne County Community College District.
Thursday, May 3, 2018 (Continued)
Project Clean Slate Expungement Fair
8:30 a.m. Registration, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Attendees will be able to receive assistance with:

  • Application Preparation
  • Attorney Connection
  • Ex-Offender Job Information
  • Job Readiness Programs

The Project Clean Slate Expungement Fair is hosted by the Detroit Branch NAACP and in partnership with the City of Detroit, Detroit Police Department, Lakeshore Legal Aid and Legal Aid and Defender Association.  Once attendees register on site, a panel presentation will be given that will go over the expungements covered during the fair including the expungement of Driver’s Responsibility Fees.  Additionally, the City of Detroit’s Municipal ID Department will be onsite.
Friday, May 4, 2018
Senior Awareness: Safety, Sexuality and Financial Security
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Seniors Awareness program is built around the word safe! Tips, information and insight will be provided on senior safety, senior sexuality and senior financial security.  Senior Awareness is done in partnership with AARP Michigan.
Faith Leaders Luncheon – “From Martin to Mandela: 50 Years Later, Where is the Faith Community?”
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker – Rev. Dr. Allan A. Boesak, Chair Desmond Tutu Center for Peace
The luncheon will explore the faith based community and their relationship to the global civil rights community.  Dr. Boesak is a leader in the anti-apartheid movement.  The luncheon will also feature a special tribute to Winnie Mandela with a musical performance by Renaissance High School’s Choir.  The luncheon is sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation.
Freedom Friday
6-11 p.m., Chill Martini Bar, 2000 Woodbridge Detroit, 48207
Freedom Friday is the entertainment component of Freedom Weekend 2018.  It is open to individuals 21 and up.
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Dr. Ron Walters National Town Hall Luncheon “#BeingBlackIsNotACrime”
11:30 a.m.
Moderator: Luther Keith, Executive Director, ARISE Detroit!.
The luncheon, will discuss local, state and national events where African Americans have been unfairly targeted and in some instances lost their life based upon their race and skin color.  Invited panelists include:

  • Deputy Chief Todd Bettison, Detroit Police Department
  • Terferi Brent, President, Fellowship Chapel Men’s Christian Fellowship; Activist, BMe Community
  • Captain Thomas Deasy, Commander, Michigan State Police District 2
  • Robert Dunlap, Chief of Jails & Court Operations, Wayne County Sheriff
  • Tiffany D. Loftin, Director, National NAACP Youth and College Division
  • Rochelle Riley, Columnist, Free Press

Freedom Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for economic, social justice and people empowerment. 


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