The Augusta Branch National Association for the Advancement of Colored People took top honors at the 69th Georgia State Conference NAACP Convention.
The Augusta NAACP collected nine awards during the conference, held Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Atlanta.
The following received individual awards:
• Viola B. Elam, the two-time State Women in the NAACP Woman of the Year and Mother of the Year for 2010 and 2011
• Augusta Branch President Dr. Charles J. Smith Sr., the Richard Harris Georgia State Conference Political Action Award for Outstanding NAACP Leadership;
• Augusta NAACP, the Ruby Hurley Award for Greatest Overall Increase in Memberships from June 2010 to June 2011; the Robert Flanagan Award for Greatest Percentage Increase in Memberships from June 2010 to June 2011; the Donald Holowell Award for Education and Lawsuits; the J.L. Barnes Award for Overall Branch Contributions to the state conference; first place Georgia State Conference NAACP Membership Laydown 2010, second place Georgia State Conference NAACP Membership Laydown 2011
The Augusta branch had the largest number of delegates at the national conventions in Kansas City, Mo., in 2010, and in Los Angeles in 2011. Smith was selected by unanimous vote as the national chairman of the Credentials Committee at the national convention in July 2011.
The keynote speaker for the Georgia State Convention’s Freedom Fund Awards Banquet, held Oct. 1, was Judge Greg Mathis, a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors and the host of his own TV show, Judge Mathis.