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Tuesday, September 09, 2014


Salisbury, MD… Wicomico County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will host its ninth annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 12:00 P.M., Saturday, October 4th at the First Baptist Church Family Life and Cultural Center located on the corner of Booth Street and 528 Delaware Avenue, Salisbury, MD.

The keynote speaker, Donald L. Cash, will speak to the theme, “Moving Forward from the Past to the Future: The next 100 Years.” Mr. Cash currently serves as president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union’s Minority Coalition. He is also a founding member and current president of “Faces of Our Children,” a non-profit organization he created to raise awareness, support and funding for the fight against sickle cell disease.

For more than 40 years, Mr. Cash has been a champion of worker and civil rights. He belongs to numerous community action groups and works tirelessly to promote justice and equity in the workplace and the wider community. In 2001, Mr. Cash was awarded the prestigious Benjamin Hooks “Keeper of the Flame Award” by the National NAACP.

The Wicomico County Branch will also honor several individuals and organizations. Individuals receiving recognition at the Freedom Banquet are: Delegate Rudolph Cane, Marion and Judge Norma Lee Barkley, Sandy Fitzgerald-Angello, Fred Mason, and Bishop Leon Wilson. Three organizations being recognized are the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, Stop the Violence in Wicomico County, and the Salisbury High School Association.

Tickets are $35.00 for adults and $25.00 for youth, age 12 and under. All tickets must be purchased in advance: no tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, contact Mary Ashanti at 410-543-4187.