Fayette NAACP sets dates for banquet, next meeting

Wed, 10/07/2009 - 9:01am
By: The Citizen

The Freedom Fund Banquet Committee is planning its 12th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center.  This year's banquet theme is “Celebrating and Building on 100 Years of Achievement."  The Centennial Achievement Awards for Civil Rights will be presented to deserving recipients. The Fayette County Community is invited to attend, ticket price is $75.00; however, there is a discount for purchasing a table of 10 for $700.00. This discount is available through Oct. 12th. For tickets and more information, please email ffb@fcnaacp.org or call 770-460-9934.

 The keynote speaker, Janice L. Mathis, Esq. served as Southern Regional Counsel to the Rainbow PUSH Coalition; while serving, Attorney Mathis negotiated pacts with companies like Toyota, Nationwide, John Deere and General Motors.  She organized and led the fight in Atlanta to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act in 2005 and was instrumental in Greenville S.C.’s recognition of the Martin Luther King Holiday in 2003.  Janice and her sister Davida Mathis host Sisters in Law on WVEE, a legal advice program.  Attorney Mathis was educated at Duke, the University Georgia Law School and Oxford University.  She is a founder of Dignity and Diversity, a coalition of women’s groups working to improve images and participation of Blacks in media. Attorney Mathis is currently Vice President of the Citizenship Education Fund, a charitable research and education organization based in Chicago.  CEF conducts research and sponsors educational programs to protect and extend civic and economic rights, liberties and opportunities.  Its research reports include “A Fairness Index – Best Companies in the Southeast for Diversity” and “Corporate Boards in the Southeast.”

The next General Meeting of the Fayette County Branch will be held on Monday, October 12th, 7:00 PM in lieu of October 10th due to the NAACP State Conference Convention, convening  Oct. 8 and ending Oct.11. The location is Flat Rock AME Church, 148 Old Chapel Lane, Fayetteville, GA 30215.

 Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.  The Fayette County Branch was organized and chartered in February, 1997, to implement the NAACP mission by making a positive impact on the quality of life for the citizens of Fayette County.

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