The Jacksonville Branch NAACP held their 52nd Annual Freedom Fund dinner to a sold out crowd at the Hyatt Riverfront. Hundreds of supporters were eager to hear featured featured speaker, White House Correspondent April Ryan, tell her story relating to media biases and disruptions as she shared the connection between presidential elections and White House politics.
A highlight of the event is the presentation of honorees who accepted their awards for their community service and civil rights activism in the community.
Establish in 1917, the Jacksonville Branch of the NAAP has been active in the community. The historical organization’s local record includes crusading for local civil rights such as reaching an agreement after thirty years in court to desegregate Jacksonville schools, voter registration and racial profiling.
Pictured l-r with NAACP President Isaiah Rumlin are award winners: Dr. Randall Bryant (Elizabeth Means Health Award), Rev Reginald Gundy, Mt. Sinai Bptst Church (Sallye B Mathis Community Service Award), Corey Wilborn (Willie F Dennis Civic Engagement Award), NAACP President Isaiah Rumlin, Cadet Jamilia Wilson (Major Allan Rogers ROTC Award), George Gillis (Rutledge H Pearson Civil Rights Award) and Jackie Simmons, Jr. (Olivia Gay-Davis Education Award).