56TH FREEDOM FUND CELEBRATION
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Thank you to our Supporters!
The Lansing Branch NAACP Freedom Fund represents the resources the Branch uses to support its mission to ensure the political, educational, social, economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
The funds raised during the Lansing Branch Freedom Fund Celebration will be used to support civil rights work to include the following Six Game Changers:
A Chance to live the American Dream for All!
A Free, High-Quality Public Education for All!
Health Equality for all Americans
Including a Healthy Life and High-Quality Health Care!
Public Safety and Criminal Justice
Equitable Dispensation of Justice for All!
Voting Rights and Political Representation
Protect and Enhance Voting Rights and Fair Representation!
Expanding Youth and Young Adult Engagement
Your Membership is the Lifeblood of our Organization!
Freedom Fund Banquet History
NAACP Fighting Fund for Freedom (aka Freedom Fund Banquet) – The NAACP Freedom Fund began in 1953 (on a national level) as a ten-year program to intensify efforts to complete the job of emancipation. Near the culmination of this effort, Medgar W. Evers, a heroic NAACP Mississippi Field Secretary, was killed by an assassin’s bullet. This prompted the NAACP Chairman Bishop Stephen Spottswood to pay tribute to this gallant warrior at the NAACP Convention in Chicago, Illinois in July 1963. He did so by proclaiming that the NAACP Fighting Fund for Freedom will continue until the job of emancipating our people is complete.
(Source: The 96th Annual Thurgood Marshall Freedom Fund Dinner and Awards Ceremony)