(By Deborah A. Culp)
The recent New Hannover Brand of the NAACP hosted an Annual Banquet that will be remembered for some time to come. The primary purpose of the banquet was to raise money for the (NAACP) Scholarship Fund. There were well over 200 people in attendance this year. The event was hosted by radio personality and vast entertainment specialist, Rhonda Bellamy. Wilmington Mayor, the honorable Bill Saffo was on hand to provide supportive remarks and the select name of “who’s who” continued.
After a heartfelt rendition of the Black National Anthem: “Lift Every Voice & Sing” and an oral presentation of “For the Millions” by the Sankofa Academy students were done. Dr. Clearance Thomas did a presentation of “Math like You Read”, his own program. The 2011 NHC “Mother of the Year” and obviously wise, Mrs. Liz Yates. Her speech topic; “The virtuous Mother.” She was introduced by the 2009 Mother of the Year, Mrs. Margret Anderson.
Honorable County Commissioner J. Barfield was on hand to give greetings to all guests from the county. There was a stellar musical selection by Krystal Hicks and the recognition of elected officials and Electoral Candidates by Mr. Harold Beatty. The program Invocation and blessing of the food was done and afterwards Krystal Hicks sang again and pleased the crowd.
Dr, Betty Glen introduced the 2011 NHC NAACP speaker, Dr. Debra Saunders-White. She spoke fervently and passionately about the need for retention of minority students, while the financial emphasis seems to be placed on recruitment. Dr. Saunders-White is definitely no stranger to the civil rights movement or civil rights as a whole, her father is a lifetime member. He grew up in Iowa and was not discriminated against until he traveled east to the Military.
After the powerful speaker, NHC NAACP Branch President Deborah Dicks-Maxwell recognized Life time Members of the NAACP. Branch President Maxwell also provided the dinner’s closing remarks.
After all was said and done, music was provided by a DJ and dancing took place throughout the night. To learn more about the NAACP, be it the New Hanover County NAACP or as a whole, see: www.NAACP.org –DAC-