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2011 Freedom Fund Banquet helps NAACP
Money raised funds scholarships, more
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Edward O. DuBose, president of the Georgia NAACP chapter, will be the keynote speaker at the event. - photo by Special to the Herald

    A chance for community fellowship, an inspirational speech and raising money for a good cause is coming up Saturday, Nov. 5 with the 2011 Freedom Fund Banquet.
    Hosted by the Bulloch County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the banquet will be held at the United Fellowship Worship Center at Snella’s Place off U.S. 301 North, said NAACP President Pearl H. Brown.
    The keynote speaker for the event, which has a theme of “Affirming America’s Promise,” is Edward O. DuBose, president of the Georgia NAACP chapter, she said.
    Tickets purchased in advance for the banquet are $30, and $40 at the door. Attire is formal, she said.
    DuBose, from Atlanta, is a licensed professional counselor with state and national certification. He is registered as a “neutral” with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution, and is certified in family and domestic relations mediation.
    He owns Everlasting Peace Counseling and Consulting, which targets at-risk youth and families in Georgia and Alabama.
    DuBose served seven years as the Columbus, Ga. NAACP branch president, and five years as the second vice president of the Georgia State Conference NAACP. He is also a Georgia NAACP past chairman of the Veteran’s Affairs division and district coordinator.
    He is serving his third term in office as the president of the Georgia NAACP chapter.
    Brown said DuBose was chosen as keynote speaker this year because of his inspirational work with youth, “broad knowledge of NAACP, and having been very active in policy making for the NAACP.”
    She said his counseling and leadership experience, made evident by a lengthy biography including numerous awards accomplishments and honors, is reason for his having been chosen to speak.
    “His plate is full all the time,“ she said, adding that DuBose is constantly involved in events and programs working towards the betterment of today’s youth. ”He is very involved.”
    The Bulloch County NAACP branch alternates every year between having a local leader speak and having someone from out of town, she said.
    DuBose will be very inspirational and informative, she said.
    The 2011 Freedom Fund Banquet began over 40 years ago and is the local NAACP branch’s only fund raiser, she said. The money raised through the event is used for scholarships, career day programs, tutoring, helping assist with legal costs for civil rights cases where citizens may not have the finances to pay for legal guidance, and other local endeavors, she said.
    “The NAACP is not just for black people,” she said. “It is about civil rights issues, discrimination of minorities or the underprivileged who may not be able to afford an attorney.”
    Scholarships are funded at each of the county’s three high schools, and funds also are used to help assist the Georgia Southern University NACP chapter, Brown said.
    The event will be held at the Snella’s Place United Fellowship Worship Center, on Allen Circle off U.S 301 North, beginning at 6 p.m.
     For ticket information, contact Brown at (912) 839-3321.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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