April 27th, 2008
08:03 PM ET

More than 8,000 in Detroit to hear Wright at NAACP banquet

Roland S. Martin
360° Contributor


DETROIT – The Detroit NAACP has already set a world record for having the largest sit-down annual dinner in the world – I believe it was 10,000 – and this year is no different.

According to the Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the chapter, more than 8,000 people have bought tickets this year, and suffice to say that the room is packed.

To put it in perspective there are six head tables assigned by color – yellow, black and white, green, red and the blue, which is considered the main table.

The stars are also out in full force, including: Hill Harper; Anthony Anderson; Vivica A. Fox; Morris Chestnut; Judge Greg Mathis; Michigan Gov. Jenniger Granholm; Michigan U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin; Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick; former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer; and CNN's Soledad O'Brien.

I'm typing on my BlackBerry, but the photo I'll send soon will show you the expansive room.

The room is hot because the guest speaker is the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. It has been a busy day for him; earlier he preached two worship services at Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, pastored by the Rev. Frederick D. Haynes III.

Well, I'm sitting one seat over from where he'll be speaking so you'll get a taste of what he had to say. I also have my Flip Video camera so we hope to have video as well!

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soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. TexasVet

    Some of you are so thick headed and close minded and dare I say it... RACIST it physically hurts me. I feel as though my IQ has dropped 20 points after reading some of your comments. Especially you AZ.

    KUDOS to those of you who finally got it.

    OBAMA 08

    April 27, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  2. Pat D

    Thank you for showing this wonderful speech! Finally – we all have the chance to listen to the Rev. Wright in his own – complete – words and can understand just why Senator Obama, and over 6000 congregants, would relish being a member of an activist community church led by such an erudite, and funny pastor – who also happens to sing quite well.

    April 27, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  3. Lisa

    When Christ came to earth, His words and His actions were not accepted by the religious right and they crucified Him and they crucify him over and over everyday as they crucify and villify any who they cannot understand or identify with.

    True spiritual things are spiritually discerned. Those who cannot hear and understand, will not hear and understand, no matter how you say it, now matter how many ways you say it, no matter when or where you say it.

    Blessed are those who can hear and understand.

    Blessings on you Reverend Wright. Thank you CNN.

    April 27, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
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