Elijah Cummings to speak at NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

| November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

cummingsJacqueline Boone Allsup, President of the Anne Arundel County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has announced that Congressman Elijah Cummings will be the keynote speaker at their 40th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Friday, November 14, 2014, 6PM, at the Double Tree Hotel, 210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, Maryland.

Benjamin Todd Jealous, the former CEO and President of the NAACP will be bringing special greetings. Mr. Jealous who is now a resident of Anne Arundel County, led the successful efforts on Marriage Equality, the Dream Act and the abolishment of the Death Penalty in the State of Maryland.

“We are pleased and honored to have two national leaders to address our Freedom Fund Awards Dinner this year”, said, Mrs. Allsup.  Congressman Cummings and Mr. Jealous have led the efforts to increase voter registration through out the nation. Mr. Cummings is one of only two African American congresspersons in the State of Maryland. His predecessors include former Congressman Kwesi Mfume and the late Congressman Parren J. Mitchell, Maryland’s first African American congressman.

The NAACP is the largest and oldest civil rights organization in Anne Arundel County. The NAACP, whose mission includes advancing the cause of justice and civil rights, have been in the forefront of many social issues. Each year, the organization pauses to honor businesses, men, women and youth who have advanced the cause of civil rights.

This year’s honorees include Kathleen Thompson, who will receive the Marie C. Hollis Humanitarian Award, Daniel Johnson will receive the NAACP’s Youth Achievement Award, Andre Dillard will receive the Freedom Fund Award, and Yvette Jackson will be the recipient of the President’s Award. 

In addition, two businesses will be recognized the Afrolistics Barbershop and Shamrock Engraving both businesses based in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

Mrs. Allsup,  also announced that she will not be seeking another term as President of the Anne Arundel County branch of the NAACP. ” I am very proud of the accomplishments that we have made during my tenure as President of the NAACP. We have been able to increase membership in the organization and have been in effective advocate for civil rights in Anne Arundel County”, she said.

Further, ” I want to thank the Executive Committee of the NAACP, our members and the community for their unwavering support of our many efforts over the years to advance the cause of human rights”.

The Freedom Fund Awards Reception and Dinner will begin with a 6PM VIP Reception and dinner will be served at 7:00 P.M. VIP tickets are $100.00 per person and General Admission tickets are $60.00 per person.  For more information, please telephone 443-883-5151 or visit www.anne arundel naacp.org 

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