By Tia Lynn Ivey
The Morgan County Branch of the NAACP held the 49th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet last Saturday, Oct. 26 at Morgan County High School.
Every year, the Morgan County NAACP honors local members with an array of awards for community service, celebrating with a dinner and speakers to deliver an uplifting message aimed at creating a better future.
This year’s keynote address was delivered by Michael Thurmond, a Dekalb County CEO. Mr. Avery Jackson, a Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration member, served as the introductory speaker. Curtis Butler III led the attendees in singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Madison Mayor Fred Perriman recognized the dinner’s honored guests and Pastor Bobby Patman led guests in a prayer of unity. Pastor Lonnie Brown delivered closing remarks and presented various awards after the dinner.
Shelia Tolbert and Bertha Mathis received their Silver Life membership awards.
Shelia Tolbert received the President’s Award, an award that is voted on by the branch to be given to an individual that provided outstanding and exemplary service to the branch.