National NAACP chief to speak at Warren-Page chapter banquet

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — The president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will address the local chapter at its annual Freedom Fund Banquet.

The Warren-Page NAACP this week named Cornell Brooks as its keynote speaker for the chapter's 59th annual Freedom Fund Banquet, which is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, 111 Hospitality Drive, off Winchester Road.

The theme for the banquet will be "All Lives Matter and All Votes Count," Warren-Page NAACP President A.D. Carter said Tuesday.

Brooks, a civil-rights attorney and social justice advocate, became the NAACPís 18th chief executive in 2014. He considers himself ìa grandson, heir and a beneficiaryî of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, according to his biography on the NAACP website. NAACP attorney Thurgood Marshall successfully argued that case before the U.S. Supreme Court. That decision established that racially segregated schools were ìinherently unequalî and therefore unconstitutional. It paved the way for the integration of institutions nationwide. Marshall himself was appointed to the high court in 1967 and served until 1991.

Brooks holds a masterís degree in divinity from Boston University and a juris doctorate from Yale Law School.

The local NAACP also will honor its 2016 Community Service Award winners, Sheriff Danny McEathron and Front Royal Police Chief Norman A. Shiflett.

Skyline High School student Charlee Allman will sing at the banquet, along with soprano Marjorie J. Barrow of Cordova, S.C.

Allman, 15, of Front Royal, has sung the national anthem at multiple professional sporting events, including Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals games. In 2012, she won the Capital Country Challenge singing competition.

Barrow recently matriculated into Shenandoah University in Winchester to pursue a doctor of musical arts degree in performance. She holds a bachelorís degree in music from Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C., and a masterís degree from Norfolk University.

Tickets for the banquet cost $55 per person or $400 for a table of eight and can be purchased by emailing banquet Chairwoman Vida Timbers at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or calling (540) 635-4053. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 10, according to a Warren-Page NAACP news release.

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