by Elmetra Patterson
The Winston County Branch NAACP will host its 35th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on March 28, 2015, at 7 p.m. at Lake Tiak-O’Khata, Pine Ridge Lodge, in Louisville, MS.
Krystal Walker of the Nanih Waiya Community is the speaker. Ms. Walker is a graduate of Nanih Waiya High School – May 2002. In May 2009, Walker graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor Degree from the University Of Mississippi School Of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Mississippi, Tennessee, and New York. Ms. Walker is currently an Assistant United States Attorney within the Financial Litigation Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi.
In 2008, Ms. Walker, as a third year law student, became a part of the Mississippi Innocence Project which helped to gain the freedom of Levon Brooks and Kenny Brewer, of Noxubee County. As innocent men, Brooks spent 18 years in prison and Brewer 15 years.
Winston County Branch NAACP, President Charles Hampton stated in a letter regarding the Freedom Fund Banquet, “Our goal is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. The Freedom Fund Banquet is our primary fundraiser. Our fund raising activities have allowed for:
Provision of free school supplies at our Annual Back-to-School Rally
Sponsorship of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
Relay for Life donations and luminaries
Participation at Legislative Day at the Capitol
Investigation of various community Civil Rights complaints
Sponsorship of the Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) for youth competition at the local, state and national level.
Christmas gift donations to the Children’s Prison Ministry and to the Buffalo Soldiers of Mississippi.
Coordination of youth as ‘Pages’ for Mississippi Legislators
Contributions to Louisville Wildcats’ State Championship Rings
Financial assistance for youth to attend Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Convention, due to the April 28th Tornado.”
Banquet tickets are available at the cost of $25 for adults and $10 for youth 16 years and below. Contact Information: Charles Hampton, 662.803-0635 or Letitia Jackson at 662.803-2956.