Marshall County branch NAACP holds 49th Annual Freedom Fund banquet

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Former Police Chief Chuck Forbis received The President’s Award.

Saturday, April 29, 2017, the Marshall County Branch NAACP held their 49th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet.

The Banquet began with a warm welcome from the Secretary, Rochelle Alexander. Vice President Gary Davis gave the Purpose. Our Master of Ceremony was Pastor Herbert Johnson and he did a fantastic job. M.C. Pastor Johnson recognized our local members and Deacon Deon O’Neal offered a heartfelt prayer. After a moment of silence for the deceased members, a delicious buffet style meal was served by Robert Williams and Renea’ Freeman.

After everyone had finished eating, Mrs. Keondra Taylor came forward to give us a poem she wrote for our graduating seniors. President Ann Tears and Renea’ Freeman gave out the Scholarship certificates to this year’s qualifying seniors.

Howard French received the Valor Award.

The Scholarship recipients were Christian Carrington Braden, D’Andre Markel Brown, Laura Elizabeth Brown, Taianda Imariae’ Hutton, all from Marshall County High School; Tamia Wan-Jah Northcutt, from Forrest High School, and Samantha Parks Prosser, from Cornersville High School. Each recipient received a scholarship of $500. Our energetic M.C. called on our Vice President Gary Davis to make the presentation of the special awards.

The George W. Turner Award to Councilman Rev. Steve Thomas for his work in the church, community and with our city, due to his absence the award was accepted by City Mayor Jim Bingham and Councilman Bam Haislip. The Valor Awards went to Jones Davis, Howard French, and Albert Whitaker for their military service to our country. The Civic Award was given to Nova Mayes, for his work in the community. Last, but certainly not least was the President’s Award, which was given to Former Police Chief Chuck Forbis. We all were truly glad that Mr.

Forbis could be present to receive his award.

Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham and City Councilman Bam Haislip accept the George W. Turner Award from Gary Davis (center) on behalf of Rev. Steve Thomas.

Renea’ Freeman introduced of our dynamitic speaker, LaShonda Braden Bracey, a 1999 graduate form MCHS, and a NAACP scholarship recipient. She is also a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she obtained a B.S. in General Business Management in 2003 and also a Master’s in Public Administration. She was also very active in the college chapter NAACP at U.T. Chattanooga. Her message was, “Reaching The Next Generation,” how we are to give back to our communities for the next generation. Really good food for thought! Our M.C. then called on his brother-in-law, County Commissioner and Treasurer R.L. Williams to recognize our special guest. Some of our special guests for the evening were City Mayor Jim Bingham and wife, County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett and wife, State Representative Rick Tillis, along with other city and county officials.

The last event for the night was the giving away of door prizes. Special thanks goes out to Senator Jim Tracy, Representative Tillis, Julie Johnson and members for many of our door prizes, also All-Star Trophies for the plaques, R.L. Williams and Renea’ Freeman for the wonderful meal. As the events of the evening came to a close, benediction and prayer was given by Rev. James Scruggs.

The Marshall County NAACP would like to say thank you to our gifted Asst. Secretary Diane Henry for the wonderful job that she did on the booklets. Also, a special thank you to every business and individual that gave a donation or shared in our celebration of the evening. A thank you to Cecelia McLean for the decorations. We look forward to next year being our 50th Anniversary to be even bigger and better.

Jones Davis received the Valor Award.
LaShonda Braden Bracey was the guest speaker.
Nova Mayes received the Civic Award.
2017 Scholarship recipients.
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