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Bulloch NAACP to hold annual banquet

    Saturday night is the annual Freedom Fund Banquet for the Bulloch County Branch of the NAACP. With the theme "Racial Equality: Moving from Good to Great," the night will be capped with a keynote speech from Reta Jo Lewis, former Senior Advisor to President Bill Clinton and Statesboro native.
    Branch President Pearl Brown is looking forward to an exciting evening.
    "Ticket sales are going very well, right now we have over 200 sold," said Brown. "We normally plan for 300 people."
    Brown said the banquet helps fund three local scholarships  - one student from each high school in the county. She added that folks are anticipating the speech from Lewis.
    "Everyone is really looking forward to having Reta Jo come back and speak to us because we like to get someone from here that has gone to school, graduated and really accomplished their dreams," said Brown.    
    Keynote speaker Reta Jo Lewis was raised in Statesboro where she graduated from Marvin Pittman High, which was located on the Georgia Southern College campus. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, her M.S.A.J. from American University and holds a J.D. from Emory University.
    In addition to being advisor to the former president, Ms. Lewis is the former Vice President of the United States Chamber of Commerce, the world's largest business federation. She also served as National Tour Director for the first Nelson Mandela USA tour and as special assistant to the president in the Office of Political Affairs. Lewis is a veteran of numerous local, state and national political campaigns.
    Reta Jo Lewis is the daughter of local business owners, Charlie and Aleathia Lewis, both of whom are lifetime members of the NAACP. Aleathia is a former Statesboro President and Treasurer of the Georgia State chapter.
    The event is Saturday, Nov. 3, at Snella's Place on Highway 301 North. Ticket are $30 if purchased before the event and $40 at the door. Attire is formal. Call Pearl Brown at (912) 839-3321 for tickets or additional information.
    Ms. Brown contributed to this story.


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