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NAACP focuses on voting rights
Group's state president, Savannah mayor describe work ahead during local banquet
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Savannah Mayor Edna Branch Jackson, right, talks to Bulloch County NAACP President Pearl H. Brown as the crowd gathers for the 48th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet. - photo by Al Hackle/special
Speaking in Statesboro, new Georgia NAACP President Dr. Francys Johnson and Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson described an NAACP which does not see everything in “black and white” and which Johnson says in 2013 is fighting for justice on fronts ranging from threatened voting rights and education to civil rights for gays and immigrants. The occasion was the Bulloch County Branch of the NAACP’s 48th annual Freedom Fund Banquet, which filled Snella’s Place on Allen Circle with more than 200 attendees Saturday. Savannah’s Jackson, 69, who has been active in the NAACP since age 9 and took part in historic civil rights protests from wade-ins on Tybee Beach to the 1963 March on Washington, was the featured speaker.
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