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Freedom Fund Banquet touted as success

Marion Humphrey, right, is pictured with Bruce Bell.

On the evening of Saturday, November 11, 2023, the Clark County Branch of the NAACP hosted its 32nd annual Freedom Fund Banquet on the campus of Henderson State University. The theme was “Thriving in Times Like These.” The audience received an inspirational message from keynote speaker, the retired Honorable Marion A. Humphrey, former Pulaski and Perry County Circuit Court Judge. Speaking about thriving together, Humphrey referenced the Christian faith, noting that it has been mentioned that Gandhi is said to have said, “I would have become a Christian if I had ever met one.” Thus noting that Christians have a responsibility to “pray for both the Israelis and the Palestinians in the Middle East.” Moreover, he stated, “We must remain vigilant in pursuit of diversity in educational institutions and job opportunities.”

Another program participant, Ms. Earnestine Hatley, gave a tribute to our veterans, and stated, “We as a group of people use the word ‘hero’ too loosely, and we should be very careful when we call someone a hero. True heroes are those who rise in times of drama, trauma, or great difficulty.”

Bruce Bell, President of the Clark County Branch NAACP, rose to give closing remarks, where he stated, “Clark County still has chains that need to be broken, but he truly believes that one day all Clark Countians will feel and experience justice.”

In additional remarks brought by President Bell, he thanked all members of the branch who assisted in the preparation of the event, as their time and efforts helped to make the banquet a success. He also extended a huge thank you to all supporters, table sponsors, ad sponsors, and corporate-level sponsors like Walmart and UPS.

The program also consisted of an awards ceremony, where the following individuals were recognized: Youth Award- Caiden Dickerson; Community Service Award- Llewellyn Terry; and Presidents Award- Ricky Govan.

Caiden Dickerson
Llewellyn Terry
Ricky Govan

There were approximately 200 people in attendance, including the State Conference First Vice-President, Ms. Wanda Neal.

Events like this are particularly special when they are supported by the community in which the branch serves. On behalf of the Clark County Branch NAACP, you are invited to join what has become a very special evening in Arkadelphia at next year’s 33rd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet.

Article submitted by Clark County Branch NAACP

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