The Laurens County NAACP held it’s Freedom Fund Banquet Saturday night in Clinton. Keynote Speaker was Retired Bishop John Hurst Adams, who was the 87th Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
He commented that the United States goes abroad to fight for democracy in other countries, but back here at home we have democracy in every area but Economics. He called for the U.S. to share the wealth with all citizens.
Awards presented at the annual banquet included the C.D. Beasley Sr. Service Award. It was presented to Rev. Anthony Sims of Clinton, who pastors a church in Ninety-Six and is a Gospel Music Show host on WLBG Radio. Mrs. Virginia Hampton, a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church of Enoree, received the Julia A. Pearson Membership Award.
NAACP President Adophus Brewster presented five Presidential Awards. Honored as charter members of the local Chapter were Mary Williams, Anna T. Mims and Robert Beasley. They are the only founding members of the local branch that are still alive. Also honored Saturday night were 104-year-old Mrs. Bertha Bailey and 95-year-old Mr. A.D. Shoemate. They received the Presidential Award for longevity in voting.