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NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

By Cokeitha Gaddist

The Colleton County Branch of the NAACP held its 32nd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, June 24, at the Colleton County Middle School. The theme of the night was “Steadfast and Immovable”. Mayor William “Bill” Young and Sheriff R.A. Strickland brought greetings and acknowledged what the NAACP contributes to the community. They also recognized President Lynette Fryar’s leadership. Police Chief Wade Marvin left the group with a steadfast message that Walterboro Police Department is here to support the community. “Please just call us, we are available and we will keep our citizens safe,” said Marvin as he addressed the group.
The Keynote speaker was the Honorable Justin T. Bamberg, South Carolina State Representatives District 90 (Bamberg, Barnwell, and Colleton Counties). In 2014 Bamberg was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives when he was 27 years old making him one of the youngest elected. Bamberg is a member of the Operations and Management Committee and the Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee.
Bamberg is also an accomplished attorney known for some high-profile case. He has represented the family of shooting victims including the family of Keith Scott, the 43-year-old black man shot by police in Charlotte NC and the family of Walter Scott, another black man who was fatally shot by police in North Charleston SC.

NAACP keynote speaker Justin Bamburg

In staying with the theme of the night Bamberg told a story about overcoming adversity and how it inspired him to stay focus and steadfast no matter the opposition’s he faced.
A special award and Proclamation Resolution was presented to George Cone in recognition of his commitment to the community and his long-time service and support to civil rights and injustice. Cone is an active attorney with McLeod Fraser & Cone LLC and Registered Pharmacist. “His contribution is and has been immeasurable to the community,” said Fryar. Cone gave a heartfelt acceptance speech and spoke about his involvement in the civil right movement. “There is still work to be done to address the injustice happing in our communities,” said Cone. “Unfortunately race still plays a big part of how people are treated today,” he said. Fryar ended the night with acknowledgments and appreciations of members and supporters.

Cokeitha Gaddist (54 Posts)