The Elyria Unit of the NAACP maintained their 62nd annual Freedom Fund banquet at LCCC’s Spitzer Conference Center at Elyria Oct. 7.
This year’s subject was “NAACP: Steadfast and Immovable” along with the organization honored local high school pupils and community leaders as they continue their work in advocating for equal rights.
“It reminds us as a company that we are intent upon fulfilling the vision and mission of the NAACP and creators to guarantee a society where all people have equal rights without racial discrimination or hatred,” wrote Elyria NAACP President Ardelia “Dee” Tolbert at a letter to supporters.
Keynote speaker Janaye Ingram encouraged visitors to be in honoring the NAACP’s role in fighting to move forward in the civil rights problems of the present transformational.
“Resistance in itself is inadequate. If we really wish to find advancements in our society we still must be transformational.”
Ingram functions as Director of National Partnerships for AirBnb and planned the Women’s March on Washington at January 17 as the head of logistics and served as executive manager of this National Action Network, a civil rights organization based on Rev. Al Sharpton.
With a national profile for her commitment to civil rights, ” Ingram explained the NAACP continues to direct in addition to keeping their members engaged and involved.
“It is over a hundred years old and that I believe at this stage it’s continued to show leadership in communities,” Ingram said. “NAACP has proven that their commitment to justice and fighting for equity hasn’t wavered and they are definitely a strong voice.”
Lorain County indigenous Rev. Thomas L. Bowen served as master of ceremonies for the evening. Bowen is located in Washington, D.C. where he is the manager of the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs.
“This is a party of the NAACP. Every division has a party so that we can draw focus to its function currently, historically, and also as a way to raise funds to carry on the work, “Bowens said.
“I believe Elyria, particularly working class folks and people of color, our days are quite different. Lots of things people have now been contested. Things like, how can you look after our workers, how can you make certain that everybody has an chance to exercise his or her god given abilities in an equal degree as anyone else,” Bowen said.
The Elyria NAACP handed out several awards:
Educational Books Awards (Marquise C. Dukes Jr., Kahlel Hale and Daija Smith; Appreciation Awards (Joe Firmed Chevrolet, Lavon L. Knowles Sr. and Rhonda Washington); Community Service Awards (Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Elyria and WNZN Power 89.1 FM); Distinguished Leadership Award (Mattie L. Bright); Unsung Hero Awards (Samuel M. Battle and T. Douglas Grayson); President’s Award (Thelma Adams).
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