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Freedom Fund banquet draws 200


Arjeana Jones Williams, center, was honored Saturday during the Pitt County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet. She is with Laticia Hill Godette, pastor at York Memorial AME Zion Church and Greenville Mayor Kandie Smith, right.


The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

More than 200 people gathered Saturday for the 62nd annual Freedom Fund Banquet held by the Pitt County Branch of the NAACP and the Hilton Greenville. The event raises funds for scholarship and for efforts to assist the homeless.

Special guests at the event included State Sen. Don Davis, who served as master of ceremonies, and Greenville Mayor Kandie Smith along with the other elected officials and community members. The keynote speaker was the Honorable Erik Hooks, state Secretary of Public Safety. This year’s theme was “Steadfast & Immovable.”

The event recognized Arjenae Jones Williams, founder and executive director of the nonprofit group Something to Somebody. Williams and her group feed residents at the Community Crossroads homeless shelter every Sunday. Pastor Rodney Coles director of Churches Outreach Network was honored for his work with the poor and homeless communities with the Pitt County Branch President’s Award, though Coles could not attended the event.

The event also named its scholarship winners for recent high school graduates in Pitt County. The recipients are Kaila Williams or North Pitt High School, Elisha Fuller of D.H. Conley, Lekendria Boyd of J.H. Rose and Joi Turnage of Ayden-Grifton. Williams and Turnage are attending UNC-Greensboro and Boyd and Fuller are at East Carolina University.

Meeting tonight

The monthly meeting of the Pitt County NAACP Executive Board and its membership is 6 p.m. today at 800 W. Fifth St.

The agenda includes discussion on legislative and judicial districts and how to build a better redistricting process for fair maps. State Sen. Don Davis and North Carolina Common Cause have been invited to participate.

“The NAACP has an important role to play in helping to educate our citizens on this process and making sure all our citizens get the opportunity to have a voice on this very important issue of legislative and judicial redistricting,” President Calvin Henderson said. “NAACP mass meetings will begin to be held across Pitt County on the issue, because we feel the voters should choose their politicians, not the other way around.”

Tuesday’s meeting is open to supporters and members. Call 917-3545 or 814-9076, for more information.