Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch Freedom Fund 2020


Ava Duvernay recently produced a Netflix four-part documentary "When They See Us." This must-see documentary chronicles the infamous five Black and Latino boys known as the Central Park Five. These boys were wrongfully convicted of the 1989 assault and rape of a white woman in New York Central Park and lost their freedom for more than ten years because the justice system didn't recognize their humanity.


This powerful story mirrors so many we hear around the country about our unbalanced justice system. The Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) continues to fight alongside its parent organization to ensure that all people regardless of race, gender, class, sexual identity or physical disability have the freedom to pursue opportunities in this life that promise a full quality of life. We continue our quest for equality and justice for all residents in the greater Kalamazoo area, especially the underrepresented and people of color. And will continue to fight to protect basic civil rights, including healthcare, affordable housing, economic stability, literacy and quality education for our children.


We are still a vital artery in the heart of this community! This year, we are proud to celebrate 73 years of service during our Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Bernhard Center located on the campus of Western Michigan University from 5:00pm-7:30pm. We would honored for you to be a part.


Contributions to the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch can be made through the purchase of ads for the Freedom Fund Banquet booklet or sponsorships of programming. In addition to tables at the Banquet and/or an ad in the booklet, all organizations that elect to contribute at the sponsorship level will be recognized throughout the year at various programs hosted by the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch. (Ad & Sponsorship Deadline: October 14, 2019)


We understand that in order to fight systems, we have to refocus our tactics. Our theme this year, “Freedom Knows Only One Direction... FORWARD!”  Your contribution guarantees our ability to continue to be that resounding voice of equality and justice for the people in Kalamazoo and surrounding areas!


Thank you for your support. Your contribution guarantees our ability to continue to be that resounding voice of equality and justice for the people in Kalamazoo and surrounding areas!




Wendy Y. Fields                                                                             Lola Clark Atkinson

Wendy Y. Fields                                                                         Lola Clark Atkinson                                   Branch President                                                                         First Vice President

                                                                                               Chairperson, Freedom Fund Banquet

Freedom Fund Banquet Tickets, Sponsorship & Ad Information


Onyx Sponsor                              $10,000

Platinum Sponsor                           $5,000

Gold Sponsor                               $3,000

Silver Sponsor                               $2,000

Bronze Sponsor                             $1,000

Jade Sponsor                                $500

Souvenir Journal Ads

Back/Inside Cover (8.5x11)            $500

Full Page (8.5x11)                         $300

Half Page (7.5x4.5)                       $150

Quarter Page (4.25x5.5)                $75

Business Cards (2x3.5)                   $45


Tickets ++

Adults                                                 $50

Student (up to 25 yrs old)                       $25

Full Table (8 people)                             $400

++ Groups (more than 4 people) require an invoice

Tickets can be purchased online through EventBrite through October 28, 2019 or by contacting 

Lola Atkinson, or 269-547-0326

  • Email photo ready ads to Acceptable formats: word, eps, tiff, jpeg or pdf. PDF preferred.

  • Ads & Sponsorship due by October 14, 2019.

  • Payments for ads and tickets can be made by check payable to  Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch NAACP, PO Box 51473, Kalamazoo, MI 49005-1473 or online via Eventbrite.

Sponsorship Note: All sponsorships include a full page ad in the Freedom Fund Program Booklet and tickets to the banquet as well as recognition for your contribution throughout the 2020 fiscal year. Sponsorship tickets: Onyx (24 tickets), Platinum (16 tickets), Gold (8 tickets), Silver (6 tickets), Bronze (4 tickets), Jade (2 ticket)

Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch NAACP Honors

Each year, the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch NAACP honors individuals and organizations from the greater Kalamazoo area who have positively impacted people of color in the community. 

Nominations for the Humanitarian, Distinguished Veteran and Dr. Charles C. Warfield Youth Community Service Award are now being accepted. Online applications will be available soon

Humanitarian Award 





Distinguished Veteran Award








Dr. Charles C. Warfield Youth Community Service Award 


Downloadable Nominations
Downloadable Nominations
Downloadable Nominations

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