The Rocky Mount branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is set to hold the organization’s annual event aimed to keep the community aware of pressing social, political and civil issues, while also recognizing several local minority trailblazers who have made a positive difference in the community within the areas of civil rights and civic engagement.
Andre Knight, president of the Rocky Mount NAACP branch, said the annual Freedom Fund Banquet also will incorporate the local branch’s combine the traditional Image Awards. While the event generally has been held at the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, this year it has been moved to accommodate an anticipated larger crowd at Greater Joy Baptist Church on Nashville Road. (Rocky Mount Telegram)
I attended the Craven County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet New Bern NC. The speaker was former Mayor of Snow Hill, former Senator District 5 and the current 1st Congressional District Chair of the Democratic Party.
I have been knowing Don Davis for many years and he is a fine young man and very professional.
Davis shared some history on the birth of the NAACP by sharing a town who endured adversity. He talked about the same place that was the birth of President Abraham Lincoln after there had been a race riot was the same place that birthed the NAACP. He stated if they could overcome adversity then we could also.
Davis stated that the top 2 things should be jobs and education. Davis said in the legislature 60% of the budget goes to funding education so when there are cuts where do you think they begin? Correct, education. He basically said that we should be in a state of emergency when it comes to education because we haven’t seen anything yet. He said if we continue down the same path we are on, we are going to see dumbing down of our education system. I totally agree because this is basically what I had said earlier today to the NCREWG (North Carolina Rural Education Working Group) committee in Stantonsburg NC. I said if we focus on the education piece then it will take care of other things such as jobs.
Everything is linked to education and Davis said it quite well.
Vicki Mosley-Jones received the President’s Award by President Alfred Barfield.
In closing, I have considered Edgecombe County Public Schools being in a state of emergency for several years. I am the only parent who attends the majority of the meetings. I stay until the meeting is completely over and this means many times I am there by myself waiting for them to come out of closed session which put me at the meetings from around 6:15 PM until around 9:30 PM and many times until around 11:00 PM according to what is on the agenda. I video the meetings and post them on The DCN TV.
As I look at the local education system and the education system across the nation as a whole, I feel that we should be in a state of emergency.
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Julius Payne II Honoree
Youth Representing the Future 2009
Graduate ROTC Beddingfield High School Wilson NC*
Norfolk State University ROTC 2nd Lieutenant/
Double Major Studying Computer Science in Applied Computing and Mathematics*
Member Calvary Presbyterian Church*
July 2011 Entering United States Military Academy At West Point in West Point, NY
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Congressman G.K. Butterfield Addresses Wilson County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Saturday, June 11, 2011
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FREEDOM FUND BANQUET
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Hilton University Place
8629 JM Keynes Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28262
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Reception
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM Dinner/Awards Presentation
Individual Ticket $75.00 Individual Sponsor $100.00
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