Caroline NAACP hosts Freedom Fund Banquet
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.