The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and Reverend Al Sharpton are slated to be honored at the 54th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner in Detroit.
"Aretha Franklin has been honored by many all over the world. Yet there is no award like getting the award and total recognition from those in your own hometown," says Rev. Wendell Anthony, President of Detroit's NAACP chapter.
According to organizers, Franklin will receive the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award during a special dinner slated to be held at Detroit's Cobo Center May 3.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the Brooklyn-based National Action Network and the Rev. Edwin Rowe of the Central Methodist Church Detroit will be honored at the dinner with Freedom and Justice Awards for their contributions in recent years to civil rights and justice.
The dinner also marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NAACP. The theme for the event is "Facing the Rising Sun of Our New Day Begun," a line from the Black National Anthem, "Lift Every Voice." The song was penned by Johnson, a poet and civil rights activist.