North Charleston Branch NAACP Celebrates 31st Annual Freedom Fund Banquet

The North Charleston Branch NAACP celebrated its 31st Freedom Fund Banquet on October 27, 2017 at the Alfred Williams Community Center.  The national theme was “STEADFAST AND IMMOVABLE”.

North Charleston Branch Freedom Fund Celebration attendees

This year’s celebration was dedicated to the memory of Mr. Benjamin Washington, a Life Member of the NAACP and former North Charleston Branch President.

The Freedom Fund Banquet brings together community leaders to celebrate the achievements of America’s oldest and largest Civil Rights Organization, and highlight the contributions of community leaders that support diversity, inclusion, social justice, and the advancement of Civil Rights.

The speaker of the event was the dynamic award-winning news/talk show host Mildred Gaddis of Detroit, Michigan.

(l-r) North Charleston Branch President Ed Bryant III, Mildred Gaddis (guest speaker) and Margaret Rush(Mistress of Ceremony) pose for a photo during the annual event

Charleston’s own Margaret Rush, former S.C. Highway Commissioner, and radio and television talk show host, served as Mistress of Ceremonies.

The Tuskeegee Airmen Chapter of Walterboro were in attendance for the celebration

A highlight of the evening was the presence and participation of the Tuskegee Airman’s Association of Walterboro, South Carolina, along with the military cadets from North Charleston JROTC and Stall High School JROTC.

Stall High School Cadets presented the posting of colors & national anthem during the banquet

The President’s “Award of Excellence” for Outstanding Community Service was awarded to Mr. Feildin Santana, whose video captured the reckless and senseless shooting of Walter Scott.

NAACP Lifetime Membership Award recipients posed for a photos during the gala

The award recipients for “Lifetime Membership” were: Henrietta Conyers, Charlene Lowe, Edward Greene, and Samuella Holmes. Edward Bryant, Branch President, encouraged the members and guests to never forget the principle objective of the NAACP, which is to ensure political, educational, social and economic equality for all citizens.

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