"Freedom Weekend" Set

The Meridian-Lauderdale County Chapter of the NAACP is having a "Freedom Weekend" this Friday and Saturday.

Its annual Freedom Fund Banquet will be Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Council of Organizations, featuring Jackson State University president, Dr. Ronald Mason.

The theme of Freedom Weekend is "Footprints of Our Ancestors."

"So we don't want our community, especially African-Americans, to forget the struggle," said Willie Mae Brown of the NAACP Women's Auxiliary. "That those who have made it easier for them to be where they are now, and a lot of people have given their lives for us to be where we are now."

The NAACP will honor six pioneering women in the civil rights movement at a 12 noon luncheon Friday at the Boys and Girls Club.

It is also sponsoring an educational presentation on slavery Aaturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at the Art Connection.

Anyone wanting to reserve tickets for the luncheon or banquet may call 601-482-1360. Tickets for the luncheon cost $5.00 each. Cost of the Freedom Fund Banquet is $25.00 per person. Tickets will also be available at the door.