Rock Island County Branch NAACP to host banquet

The Rock Island County Branch NAACP No. 3268 will host our 5th Gala Freedom Fund Banquet and Image Awards "NAACP: Your Power, Your Decision -- VOTE" at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Holiday Inn, Rock Island in "The District." The evening will include a pre-dinner mixer that will showcase the artwork of local African American quilt-makers. The program and "soul food" dinner will follow.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Dwight L. Ford, executive director of Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership, Omaha, Neb. "Rev. Ford is an innovative leader, author, thought-provoker, and public theologian. He is affectionately known as "The People's Pastor" for his commitment to vulnerable populations and impoverished communities."

The Image Awards recognize "outstanding" men and women of the Quad-Cities in the Arts, Business, Civil Rights, Education, Justice, Religion and Youth Development.

The 2012 Image Awards will be presented to the following individuals: IMANI Dancers and Dorian Byrd, Davenport, Arts and Entertainment; James Overton, Coal Valley, "Jim's Rib Haven," Business; Suzanne Golden, Rock Island, Civil Rights Hero; Janet Lockhart Johnson, Rock Island, Charles and Annie Robinson Education; Reggie Freeman, East Moline, Justice; Quad City Interfaith, Transportation Equity Network, Religion; and Ramsey Vesey, Rock Island, Youth Development.

The first time RI County Branch scholarship recognizes youth with outstanding achievements in academics and civic participation. The recipients in 2012 are:

Simone Collins, Rock Island; and Kylie Romeo, Moline.

For more information about the banquet and program or how to obtain tickets please contact Rexie Tyson, (309) 787-1373 or (563) 650-6702, or Liz Sherwin at (309) 793-0090. The deadline for obtaining tickets is Wednesday, June 27, at noon.

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