The annual fundraising dinner for the NAACP, named after Supreme Court Justice and litigator for the NAACP, the Honorable Thurgood Marshall, is an awards ceremony where the Montclair Branch pays tribute to those who have dedicated their time and energy in education, government, business, community service and more to the ideals, vision and mission of the NAACP.

This year, our keynote speaker will be Roslyn M Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors. Our emcee will be the young comic from H

arlem, Mike Brown. 

The NAACP Freedom Fund began in 1953 (on a national level) as a ten-year program to intensify efforts to complete the job of emancipation. Near the culmination of this effort, Medgar W. Evers, a heroic NAACP Mississippi Field Secretary, was killed by an assassins bullet. This prompted the NAACP Chairman Bishop Stephen Spottswood to pay tribute to this gallant warrior at the NAACP Convention in Chicago, Illinois in July 1963. He did so by proclaiming that the NAACP Fighting Fund for Freedom will continue until the job of emancipating our people is complete.

This year, the Montclair NAACP will have as a theme: "Your Power, Your Decision - Vote!" as a reminder that, as the Rev. William Barber put it, "If we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now."
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