The NAACP to host the 44th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet

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By Rev. Charles White jr.

The Morgan County Branch of the NAACP 44th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet will be held on Saturday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. This event will take place at the Morgan County High School Cafeteria located on 1231 College Drive, Madison, Georgia. We are excited this year to dedicate our banquet to Mr. Kendrick Simmons.

We want to recognize him for his dedication to Morgan County and the Morgan County Branch of the NAACP. The branch is also congratulating Dr. Sherry M. Tomlinson on her education achievements.

We are asking everyone to come and help us celebrate 105 years of the NAACP. Get your ticket today from a NAACP member or call (706) 474-1294 or (706) 342-0803. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Our speaker for this occasion will be Rev. Charles Lee White, Jr. Known as a strategic thinker, coalition builder, visionary and activist and believing in the urgency of now, Rev. Charles L. White, Jr. has dedicated his life to the cause of civil and human rights.

A native of the Sea Islands of Charleston, SC, he earned a BA in Religious Studies from the University of South Carolina and a MA of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA. Rev. White serves in leadership capacities of many organizations that champion the cause of social change.

He has been most recognized for his ability to influence and motivate young African American males and is the Founder and CEO of Brothers United for Change. Reverend White is an ordained Elder and Full Member of the South Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

He has served as a Senior Pastor and Lay Campus Minister at the University of South Carolina and Columbia College. For over 30 years, Rev. White has worked tirelessly as an advocate for social justice in with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

In 1987, he was elected President of the S.C. Youth and College Division. At the invitation of Reverend Dr. Benjamin Hooks, Rev. White joined the national staff of the NAACP in 1991 as Youth Director of the Southeast Region. In 1999, Kweise Mfume invited Rev. White to serve as Director for the Southeast Region.

He most recently served as the National Director of Field Operations and Director of Field Organizing. His civil rights undertakings include; becoming the first African-American member of the University of South Carolina Chaplains Association, and the Clover Rotary Club and winning a precedent setting 1993 verdict against the Buffalo Room in North Augusta, S.C. for refusing to serve him and other NAACP officials because of their race.

The suit led the adoption of a strong Public Accommodations Law by the South Carolina Legislature. White and the NAACP a decade later would use the Buffalo Bill to prevail against several businesses in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for discriminatory practices during the annual Labor Day Black Bike Week. Rev. White is married to Adrienne Thompson and has raised two fine sons: both Veterans of the War in Iraq, Dwayne and Alexander, and four grandchildren, Dwayne, Jr., Davion, Chloe and Christina.

He has been blessed and is a true believer that the gifts of God’s precious Holy Spirit are the empowering force for the people of the Village! Rev. White models his life after the African American spiritual: “If I Can Help Somebody As I Pass Along, then My Living Shall Not Be In Vain.” We are looking for Morgan County to come and support this spectacular event. Come One – Come All!!

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