Award honorees are from left to right: Brazell Carter, M.D., Vice Mayor Corky Booze, Mark Robinson, Pastor Henry Washington and Desmond Carson, M.D. Photo by Dedan Ji Jaga.
The Richmond Branch of the NAACP held its Annual Freedom Fund Membership Awards and Recognition Banquet this past Saturday night.
This year, the branch recognized individuals who are making a difference in the community in the areas of religion, health and business. Two $1,000 scholarships were awarded to students from Kennedy High School in Richmond.
The organization also recognized the Easter Hills United Methodist Church for leading the way in helping to increase NAACP membership.
The theme of the event, “Embracing and Enhancing our Community,” was accentuated by keynote speaker, Dr. Denise F. Noldon, president of the local community college. Also in attendance were immediate past President McKinley Williams and Chancellor of the college district Dr. Helen Benjamin.
Supporting the event was NAACP California/Hawaii State Conference Regional Area – West Director Mrs. Freddye Davis, who performed the public swearing-in of newly elected officers and executive committee members.
Among officials who attended the event were Supervisor John Gioia; newly appointed Vice Mayor Cortland “Corky” Booze; and Councilmember Nathaniel Bates; Fire Chief Michael Banks; Lt. Bisa French of the police department; Superintendent of West Contra Costa Unified School District Dr. Bruce Harter, along with School Board Members Elaine R. Merriweather and Charles Ramsey.
Sponsors included Chevron, Mechanics Bank, Sims Metal Management and PCC Logistics. Other businesses were Gaye Williams of Nika’s Catering, Chimes Printing, SGI, Inc., Dr. Terence Elliott’s Quartet and WJR, Inc.
Submitted by Willie Robinson, President, Richmond NAACP