45th annual Freedom Fund Banquet

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The Morgan County Branch of the NAACP 45th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet will be held on Saturday, October 24 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 William Wyatt for his dedication to Morgan County and the Morgan County Branch of the NAACP. We also recognize our first African American Mayor, Mayor Fred Perriman and Esther Curry. We recognize them for their accomplishments and countless support to the Morgan County Branch. We are asking everyone to come and help us celebrate 106 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 Attorney John M. Clark. Known as a visionary and activist and believes in what is right, Attorney Clark. has dedicated his life to the cause of civil and human rights through the legal system. John Clark is truly a legend in his own time; his life is a testimony of what a devoted, loyal servant of God can do. Born fifth, in birth order, to the expired Freddie M. Clark and Otis Clark, he attended Oglethorpe County Schools from first through ninth grades. Mr. Clark spent tenth through twelfth grades in Clarke County where he attended Burney Harris High. Clark spent three years in the military with an honorable discharge in 1971. He graduated from Savannah State University in 1975 with honors and Southern University School of Law in 1978. He was the first graduate from Southern University to pass the Georgia Bar. He’s a trailblazer, a humanitarian, a philanthropist, a motivator and a voice for those who are voiceless. He was the first African American attorney to practice law in Elberton, Georgia. He’s a caring father to his daughter, Nefertara, and a wonderful husband to his wife, Mary; he’s a Christian and an attorney by profession.

Clark has made tremendous impact on the employment practices in this area and across the entire state of Georgia. He has fought to remove barriers that prevented people of color from full participation in the political process, and equal opportunity for high level jobs based on their cultural background. Clark is a founding member of the Legal Defense Coalition for the Preservation of Historically Black Colleges. He has steered the organization in filing a Title XIX Complaint with the US Department of Education for Civil Rights against the State of Georgia and Board of Regents for discriminatory practices against Albany, Fort Valley, and Savannah State Universities.

In the 1990s, Mr. Clark served as president of the Georgia Alliance of African American Attorneys. He is a life member of Savannah State University and the NAACP, where he serves as president of the Elbert County Branch. He also serves on the Executive Committee for the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. Clark receive a special blessing when his daughter, Nefertara, joined him in private practice partnership in January, 2015 with a satellite office in Atlanta. He was especially proud to erect the sign that reflects Clark & Clark, Attorneys-at-Law. His career spans over thirty years. Mr. Clark is a life member of Oconee Baptist Church (Oglethorpe County) and Chairman of Deacon’s Ministry. His greatest passion is serving God by serving others through constant ministering. His life speaks for him; therefore, you know his living is not in vain.

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