Thursday, March 12, 2015

NAACP 35th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on March 28

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.

The Branch is pleased to announce the confirmation of the speaker for the banquet as Krystal Walker of the Nanih Waiya Community. Ms. Walker graduated with honors from Nanih Waiya High School in May 2002. She attended Mississippi State University (MSU) and graduated cum laude in May 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Accountancy.  In May 2009, Walker graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor Degree from the University Of Mississippi School Of Law.  She is license to practice law in Mississippi, Tennessee, and New York.
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She has worked at private laws firms in Jackson and New York City.  For the past three years, Ms. Walker clerked for three federal judges (one of which is Debra M. Brown, the first and only African American female district court judge in the state of Mississippi).  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. Felicia Adams is the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi being the first female African American United States Attorney in the state of Mississippi.

In 2008, Ms. Walker, as a third year law student, became a part of the Mississippi Innocence Project. During this time, she with others helped to gain the freedom of Levon Brooks and Kenny Brewer, both of Noxubee County. Brooks spent 18 years in prison and Brewer 15 years as innocent men. They were the first prisoners exonerated in Mississippi based on post-conviction DNA testing. Their freedom is due to the work of the National Innocence Project in New York and the Mississippi Innocence Project, established at the University Of Mississippi School Of Law.  National Innocence Project, co-founder Peter Neufeld was instrumental in bringing this project to Mississippi.

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 April 28th Tornado.”

All advertising listings for the banquet program should be submitted by March 14, 2015 to allow time for printing.  Banquet tickets are available at the cost of $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for youth 16 years and below.    To submit advertising listings and/or to purchase tickets, please contact Charles Hampton, 662.803-0635 or Letitia Jackson at 662.803-2956.