Thursday, August 22, 2013
The Summerville branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will host its first Freedom Fund Banquet at 6 p.m. Sept. 14.
The banquet will feature multiple activities including music, poetry readings, a silent auction, games and a keynote address. It will be held in Doar Hall at St. Paul Episcopal Church.
A committee, led by Clifford and Viola Nash, organized the event.
In addition to selecting the hosts, Ann McGill and Raphael James, the committee also selected the keynote speaker, Rev. George E. McKain, II.
Felisa Geddis, vice president of the branch, stressed that the event is open to the public.
“This is an organization for all people, we have people of all races and genders involved in the Summerville NAACP, it’s open to everyone,” she said. “We all live together just like the fibers of any good quilt, and we want to make sure everyone feels and knows that they’re included.”
While the banquet will serve as both a fundraiser for their college scholarship and a membership drive for the NAACP, branch president Dexcter Mack said it also has a deeper purpose to inspire and motivate those who attend.
“The banquet is something we will host every year, and we’re hoping it will speak to the audience and kind of empower everyone,” he said.
The speech will cover this year’s banquet theme, “If I Dare 2 Dream.”
Mack said the theme is a culmination of the group’s larger goals: “Our focus this year was on employment, health and education, and all of these things are coming together for us in this year’s Freedom Fund Banquet.”
For Viola Nash, the theme relates to her personal involvement with the group.
“I’m community minded and wanted to be a part of what [the NAACP is] doing in the community, inspiring the children, and to help them to reach their goals and to keep them motivated and focused,” she said. “The theme is for our children. We want our children to dream, and to dream big.”
Tickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for children 12 years old and younger. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Nashes at 843-767-8729.