Former U.S. Attorney speaking Saturday at Freedom Fund Banquet

Friday, April 22, 2011

The featured speaker at Saturday night's Freedom Fund Banquet is an attorney practicing in Nashville who's been executive director of 100 Black Men and the former U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

The Marshall County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People asked Quenton I. White to speak on the subject of the banquet's theme: "One Nation, One Dream, One Accord," Branch President Gary Davis said.

In a broad context, White said he would emphasize "the importance of community, family and sharing so that our kids can learn and enjoy the dream."

The 6 p.m. banquet is at the Lewisburg Recreation Center. All proceeds from the tickets go toward funding the Freedom Fund Scholarship Program.

The Freedom Fund was created to be a source of money available to help association friends and members when they were in trouble and needed access to justice. As federal guarantees were developed for civil rights the local branch of the NAACP converted the purpose of the fund as a way to provide scholarships.

"We shouldn't have to face the inequities of what has been in the past," White said.

He plans to speak to the issue of commitment and excellence in schools and the preservation of opportunities for a good livelihood for blacks and whites, the former federal prosecutor said.

He is also "concerned about the number of young men, especially African-Americans, who are in the system," said White, advocating mentoring young men at an early age. "That's a critical element."

White remains affiliated with 100 Black Men of Nashville. The mission of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.

White's legal practice is focused on transactional law, largely for small businesses as well as religious and non-profit organizations.