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October 5, 2013

NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet returns to Joplin on Oct. 26

JOPLIN, Mo. — After an absence of several years, the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet will return to Joplin in connection with the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Cheryl Fields, an organizer of the banquet, said, “When the economy broke down several years ago, we stopped having the banquet. We want to make this an annual event again and we want to have a big celebration this year.”

The banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Joplin Association for the Blind, 311 S. Schifferdecker Ave.

The banquet will serve two meats, vegetables, salad, dessert and iced tea. Tickets for adults are $20. For children ages 3 to 15, the cost is $10.

Rita Valenciano, a community relations specialist with U.S. Department of Justice in Kansas City, will talk about the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. She also will talk about what her department does and how it services communities.

The banquet, which will feature some entertainment, will provide an opportunity to recognize local community leaders.

Fields said NAACP chapters across the country “all do the same thing with these banquets. They’re usually held at the end of October or early November. People also can renew or purchase their NAACP membership,’’ she said.

“We are trying to revive the purpose of it for our community and get more people involved.’’

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