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NAACP banquet set for Saturday
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Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson
    The Bulloch County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold its 2008 Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, at Snella's Place, located off Highway 301 North on Allen Circle, beginning at 6 p.m.
     This year's theme is "Power, Justice, Freedom "Vote." The program promises to be informative and inspirational with an inspirational message to be delivered by the Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson, Esq., vice president of the American Heart Association.
     A bold civil rights advocate, community servant-leader and dynamic educator, the Rev. Dr. Johnson is called to serve this present age. Dr. Johnson is the vice president of Health Initiatives and Strategic Alliances for the American Heart and Stroke Association and the senior minister of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church of Pembroke, Ga.
     Dr. Johnson has worked for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in a variety of capacities, including legal redress director and executive director of the Georgia State Conference of Branches following a successful stint as southeast regional director. As regional director, Johnson was the chief manager of the NAACP's public policy agenda and administrative activities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Notably, this region included over 60 percent of the group's total membership base. Johnson was credited in leading a resurgence of the association's legal and political prowess in the deep South by focusing on public policy advocacy through establishing "Citizen Review Boards" to counter increasing incidents of police brutality in Georgia, Tennessee and Florida, monitoring aging desegregation orders in Mississippi and Alabama and mobilizing local and regional coalitions to thwart regression of affirmative action as experienced in California and Michigan.
     Johnson earned a law degree from the University of Georgia and frequently lectures and writes on the concept of race, measuring equity and understandings of power in public policy. He has received post-doctoral certifications from Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has served on the Political Science and Criminal Justice faculties at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro and Savannah State University in Savannah. Johnson's areas of expertise include non-profit management, cultural proficiency and inclusion in law and public policy.
     Named an Emerging Leader by the National Religious Leadership Summit, Johnson enjoys a growing national reputation in the fields of justice studies and religious affairs. He has served as a minister at the historic Mount Moriah Baptist Church for the past nine years. He is married to Dr. Meca Renee Williams, an educational psychologist and researcher. They have one son, Thurgood Joshua Johnson.
     Tickets for this year's banquet are $30 and are available by contacting Pearl H. Brown, president of the Bulloch County NAACP, at (912) 839-3321.

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