The Augusta Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held its 35th annual Freedom Fund Banquet tonight.
The banquet was held in conjunction with the NAACP's centennial celebration.
Edward O. Dubose, the president of the Georgia State Conference NAACP, was the guest speaker at the event at Doubletree Hotel. He encouraged members to work together in harmony and lace up their boots and start fighting for freedom.
Dr. Charles J. Smith Sr., the president of the Augusta branch, made several presentations, including the Drum Major for Justice Award to Mr. Dubose for his service throughout Georgia and silver and gold membership awards.
Augusta Commissioner Betty Beard presented a proclamation to the Augusta Chapter declaring May 23, 2009 as the Augusta Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Centennial Celebration Day.