NAACP Banquet Benefits Local Students

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The Meridian-Lauderdale County NAACP Banquet, Obie Clark Freedom Fund, drew a big crowd on Saturday night.

The banquet raises money for students to receive money for scholarships to go to college. There were various people who were honored during the event. It was something the whole community could participate in, according to board member Tabbotha Adams-Jones.

"It gets the community involved," Adams-Jones explains. "We have the mother of the year, we have the father of the year, we have the man of the year, and we also have a scholarship program that the monies are raised for. And we raised almost over $2,000 to help for scholarship fund program."

The keynote speaker for the occasion was Meridian native Debra V. Jennings, an attorney now in Texas. Jennings is a 1978 graduate of Meridian High School and a 1981 graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in political science.

Civil rights icon, James Meredith, the first black person to attend the University of Mississippi, was also invited to speak.