NAACP’s annual banquet, membership drive Oct. 19

Mary Katherine Murphy Staff Writer

October 11, 2013

LAURINBURG — Scotland County’s NAACP chapter will rally support for its social and political goals next weekend during its annual Freedom Fund Banquet.

The banquet, which provides funding for scholarships and youth enrichment programs, also serves as a membership drive for the organization.

“Membership is the lifeline of the organization — without our membership we could not do the work that this organization has moved towards for the last 104 years,” said Terence Williams, president of the Scotland County chapter. “We do have a permanent interest in the community, it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white or Democratic or Republican — one of the misnomers is that this is a totally black organization and that is so far from the truth.”

Currently the organization counts some 125 local residents among its members. Proceeds from the banquet will also support the NAACP’s annual school supply and Christmas toy giveaway events.

This year’s keynote speaker, the Rev. Otis T. McMillan, is a former pastor of Franklin Chapel AME Zion Church in Laurinburg. He currently serves as the director of the department of church growth and development for the AME Zion Church International. McMillan is expected to deliver a message of empowerment against injustice.

“Our overall objective is based upon the stance that we take against all the social ills, whether it be public policies or legislation, that have now been introduced that have seemed to impede a normal way of life for citizens, not only in Scotland County but in our state and a nation as a whole,” Williams said.

The Freedom Fund Banquet will begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 19 at Bright Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $12 for youth, with children under 12 admitted for free. For information, call 373-1203.