A focus on community: Osceola County NAACP branch hosts annual banquet

On Saturday, the Osceola County Branch NAACP hosted its annual Freedom Fund & Awards Banquet at the Kissimmee Civic Center.

The NAACP (National Association for the Advancements of Colored People) is a nonprofit organization made to ensure political, educational, social and economic equality of all citizens.

Founded Feb. 12, 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, campaigning for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization.

On Saturday, the Osceola County Branch NAACP hosted its annual Freedom Fund & Awards Banquet at the Kissimmee Civic Center.

“Our focus this year is on community. We are a diverse community of many voices pursuing a shared vision,” said Osceola County Branch NAACP President Deloris J. McMillon. “Justice and equality for all citizens. Nothing can stand in the way of the power of thousands of voices calling for real change.”

The banquet featured McMillon; keynote speaker Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings; emcee of the evening Clinton Williams; Exceptional Community Service Award Jose A. Feliciano III; Distinguished Educator Award Marcia S. Clark-Delrico and Lifetime Achievement Award Helen Rochcelle Zanders.

“Jesus loves the little children, all children of the world, red, yellow, black, white, we all know that they are precious, we are those little children,” said Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson, “You, me, all of us, we strive for equality among us all.”

The night was accompanied by a dinner buffet for those guests who purchased tickets to the banquet, which sold out a week before the event.

Many of who came did so to pay their respects to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Osceola County School District and every guest speaker and member of the Osceola County Branch NAACP.

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all people.