Caro­line NAACP hosts Free­dom Fund Ban­quet

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PRE­STON — “Honor­ing Our Legacy” was the theme for the Caro­line County NAACP 2016 Free­dom Fund Ban­quet held Satur­day, Nov. 19, at the Pre­ston Fire Hall in Pre­ston.

The key­note speaker for the event was Pro­fes­sor Dale Glen­wood Green, vice chair of the Mary­land Com­mis­sion on African Amer­i­can His­tory and Cul­ture and the Lead­ing Fac­ulty for His­toric Preser­va­tion in the School of Ar­chi­tec­ture and Plan­ning at Mor­gan State Univer­sity.

Green was uniquely qual­i­fied to ad­dress the theme. He is a for­mer res­i­dent of Caro­line, Tal­bot, and Dorch­ester Coun­ties; is one of ten African-Amer­i­can his­toric preser­va­tion fac­ulty mem­bers in the coun­try; is a part­ner in the fifth old­est African Amer­i­can ar­chi­tec­tural firm in the coun­try; is an ap­pointee by Mary­land Gov­er­nor to the Mary­land Com­mis­sion on African Amer­i­can His­tory and Cul­ture; and na­tion­ally rec­og­nized for his ex­per­tise in the field. Green’s ad­dress was re­plete with Caro­line County and lo­cal area his­tory, in­clud­ing the char­ter­ing of the Caro­line County Com­mu­nity Or­ga­ni­za­tion Award.

Also rec­og­nized dur­ing the pro­gram were the key­note speaker, and Rev. Pearl Geter, who is pas­tor at Union Bethel A.M.E. Church in Den­ton and was the pro­gram mistress of cer­e­monies. Other pro­gram par­tic­i­pants in­cluded Rev. Cor­nelius D. Berry, pas­tor at New Be­gin­nings United Methodist Church in Ridgely, pi­anist Mary Boyce, praise dancer Pri­cil­ianna Hernandez and Branch Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee mem­ber Dar­lene Lovelace. Branch NAACP in 1947, some sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the his­tory of Mary­land and be­yond of Caro­line County African-Amer­i­can res­i­dents, in­clud­ing con­tri­bu­tions of Dr. Fran­cis Gates, for­mer chair­man of the Board of Trustees at Mor­gan State Univer­sity, who was in at­ten­dance), high­lights of some key fam­i­lies (in­clud­ing the Way­man Fam­ily and how they got the fam­ily name), plus mile­stone oc­cur­rences and mem­o­rable mo­ments, and a charge for to­day and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

The event also fea­tured the Branch’s 2016 hon­orees who re­ceived awards pre­sented by Branch Pres­i­dent Berl Lovelace, as­sisted by Norma Robin­son and Wil­lie Woods. Hon­orees were Doretha V. Coursey, re­cip­i­ent of the Pres­i­dent’s Award for ded­i­cated ser­vice to the Branch; Charles E. Flamer, Jr., re­cip­i­ent of the Busi­ness Achieve­ment Award; Travis S. Turner, Jr., re­cip­i­ent of the Youth Achieve­ment Award; Greater New Hope Church and Min­istries, re­cip­i­ent of the Faith-Based Or­ga­ni­za­tion Award; and The Men of Change, re­cip­i­ent of the

Greater New Hope Church and Min­istries in Pre­ston re­ceived the Faith-Based Or­ga­ni­za­tion Award at the 2016 Caro­line NAACP Free­dom Fund Ban­quet. Bishop An­dre’ Cole­man is joined by Lead­ing Lady Cole­man.

Travis S. Turner Jr., right, re­ceived the Youth Achieve­ment Award at the 2016 Caro­line NAACP Free­dom Fund Ban­quet. Turner is joined with his pas­tor Rev. Pearl Geter. CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Charles E. Flamer Jr. re­ceived the Busi­ness Achieve­ment Award at the 2016 Caro­line NAACP Free­dom Fund Ban­quet.

Pro­fes­sor Dale Glen­wood Green was the key­note speaker for the 2016 Caro­line NAACP Free­dom Fund Ban­quet.

Doretha V. Coursey re­ceived the Pres­i­dent’s Award at the 2016 Caro­line NAACP Free­dom Fund Ban­quet.

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