NAACP honors Kid Rock for being Detroit booster

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“He certainly doesn’t fit our typical profile, but he is as generous as many donors.”

Just last week, Kid Rock surprised students at Romeo High School, his alma mater, with a visit, during he which he dropped off a donation to the school’s music program. And in 2009, Kid Rock kicked in to help the cash-strapped Arts, Beats & Eats festival in suburban Detroit, having “Made in Detroit” sponsor a stage at the annual Pontiac event.

During a 40th birthday party celebration/concert in January at the city’s NFL stadium, no less a voice of Detroit than City Council President Charles Pugh presented Kid Rock with the Spirit of Detroit award. Pugh said nobody “better represents” the city’s heritage of being the nation’s “motor capital,” birthplace of Motown Records and reputation as a rock ‘n’ roll haven.

Kid Rock wears Detroit from head-to-toe. He has been a Detroit booster,” Anthony said, noting that such efforts contributed to the performer being given the award. “Detroit needs boosters, people who can proclaim our fame in spite of these most difficult times.”

And It has been a difficult past few years for the Detroit NAACP chapter.

The organization owes back taxes on its properties, though Anthony said the organization has worked out a plan with the city and Wayne County.

Still, the dinner remains a big draw.

“Detroit, in its very, very serious economic times, can still draw more people at an event like this one,” Anthony said. “It’s a testimony to the people of Detroit.”

This year’s keynote will be given by civil rights pioneer John Lewis. Past keynote speakers include President Bill Clinton, then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., Obama’s former pastor.

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AP Music Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody in New York and Associated Press writers Jeff Karoub and Mike Householder in Detroit contributed to this report.

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