NAACP hosts 53rd annual Freedom Fund Banquet

JACKSON, Tenn.–The local area chapter of the NAACP handed out awards at their annual banquet Sunday night.

freedom banquet“It’s an opportunity for us to gather as a community to celebrate the work of the NAACP while we reaffirm our commitment to continue the work we have left as an organization,” NAACP member Byron Elam said at the 53rd annual Freedom Fund Banquet.

Community leaders gathered together to reflect on the work the NAACP has done while also focusing on the future.

“It’s about what we all can do to make a difference and about how do we really address injustice and what are some of the things we can do to make a difference,” keynote speaker Barbara Arnwine said.

Arnwine said she hopes those who attended the banquet feel empowered to go and change the community.

12 NAACP members were inducted into the local chapter’s “Legends” including Jackson Police Deputy Chief Patrick Willis and Doctor Jerry Woods.

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