CHICAGO - The Chicago Westside Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP) will celebrate the centennial anniversary of the founding of the national organization at its annual "Freedom Fund Dinner." The event will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at the Turf Room of the Hawthorne Race Course, 3501 S. Laramie Ave. in Cicero, Ill.
The festivities will include a multimedia show, highlighting key events in Black America, which will be accompanied by monologues of famous speeches and stories written by key historical NAACP figures.
The monologues will include the following speeches: W.E.B. Du Bois' "An Appeal to the World;" Ida B. Wells-Barnett's, "This Awful Slaughter;" Walter White's "I Investigate Lynchings" and Thurgood Marshall's "Bicentennial"speech. Songstress Deborah Ross and the "Quick Reaction Dance Troupe," will pay homage to the organization's civil rights legacy through music and dance.
"We've included the actual words of NAACP members to highlight the significant role the organization has played in leading social change in America," said Karl Brinson, president the Chicago Westside Branch NAACP.
Local elected officials and activists such as, Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL); radio talk-show host and the author of "Hang on to your Hat,"Dorothy Tillman; Professor William "Doc" Speller, Northeastern Illinois University; and Professor Robert Starks, Northeastern Illinois University Center for Inner City Studies, will talk about their efforts to ensure justice and racial equality. Art Porter, the producer of the new "Morning Riot" radio show on WGCI-FM, will be the event's emcee.
The annual "Freedom Fund" is the Chicago Westside Branch NAACP's primary fundraising event, and allows it to continue the NAACP's legacy by empowering and educating the community. Money raised during the annual fundraiser allows the chapter to sponsor various events, such as housing workshops, health and employment fairs, as well as nurturing young leaders with the ACT-SO competitions (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics).
Please call Chicago Westside Branch NAACP to make your donation at 773.261.5890.