Charleston Branch NAACP Announces Centennial Gala Awards

The Charleston Branch NAACP is pleased to announce the recipients of Branch awards that will be presented at the Branch’s Centennial Gala at the Gaillard Center on Calhoun Street on Saturday, September 23, 2107 at 7 pm. 

The Awards and their recipients are:

     • Mrs. NAACP Centennial Queen will be presented Mrs. Earsie Simmons Jackson, a retired educator who was born in 1917, the same year as the founding of the Charleston Branch NAACP.     

     • Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Mr. James E. Campbell, a retired educator and social activist; Deacon Christopher C. Gantt, a longtime, loyal member of the Charleston Branch and a social activist whose NAACP lawsuit led to his son, Harvey Gantt, being the first black student admitted to Clemson University; Ms. Linda Ketner, an entrepreneur, philanthropist and social activist on issues of race and gender; Dr. Luther Seabrook, a retired educator and social activist and Mrs. Lucille Whipper, a retired educator and former member of the S.C. House of Representatives.     

     •  The Corporate Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to the Charleston Chronicle for journalistic commitment to the cause of civil rights.

     • The Trailblazer Award will be presented to Ms. Raven Sanders, a Burke High School graduate and University of Mississippi student who has set numerous track and field records and competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

    • The J. Arthur Brown Award will be presented to Mr. Edward Jones, co-founder of Concerned Citizens of the Peninsula/Lowcountry, whose sports oriented community programs have positively impacted many young people on Charleston’s East Side.

     • Septima P. Clark S.E.E. (Students excelling in Education) Awards will be presented to Ms. Zaire Brooks, a Freshman at Burke High School; Ms. Jessica Delgardo, a Freshman at Baptist Hill High School; Ms. Rawisara (Bell) Pansat, a Freshman at Academic Magnet High School; Ms. Kennedy Schaffer, a Freshman at West Ashley High School; Ms. Kinlea Tolbert, a Freshman at St. John’s High School and Ms. Kiai Nadia White, a Freshman at Burke High School.

     • The Septima P. Clark Education Award will be presented to Mr. Benjamin W. Navarro, an entrepreneur and philanthropist who established the Meeting Street Schools and has entered into partnerships with public schools like the Brentwood Elementary School.

     • Presidential Awards will be presented to Mr. Clay N. Middleton and Mr. Antjuan Seawright, young adults who have excelled in their professions and who have been exceptionally supportive of the Charleston Branch.

     • The Community Service Award will be presented to Ms. Samantha Sammis, executive Director and Founder of Loving America Street, a non-profit that serves the East Side Community.    

     • The Community Voice Award will be presented to Mr. Quintin Washington, a journalist and broadcaster whose web broadcast, “Quintin’s Close Ups,” features interviews with community news makers.

Vice President Joe Biden will be the Keynote speaker for the Gala, and Mr. Bakari Sellers, a former member of the S.C. House of Representative and present CNN Commentator, will be the Master of Ceremonies.  For Banquet tickets, call 843-805-8030 or purchase online at

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