On Saturday, Sept. 14, the Georgetown Branch of the NAACP will hold its 2019 Freedom Fund banquet at the Howard Center starting at 6 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will help the organization further its mission which is, “to secure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

The speaker of the event will be Rev. Nelson Rivers III. For over 38 years Rev. Rivers worked at every level of the NAACP, including President, North Charleston, SC Branch; Executive Director, South Carolina State Conference; Director, Southeast Region; Chief Operating Officer, twice as Chief of Field Operations, and Vice President of Stakeholder Relations from 2008 until May 2014.

Rev. Rivers has received numerous awards for his civil rights and community work.

During the ceremony, Branch #5520 will also honor the former leadership of not only the local NAACP branch, but those who were instrumental in fighting for equality in Georgetown.

One of those honorees will be Rev. Herbert L. Williams who was a strong advocate for civil rights in the area. He fought against discrimination in employment, education, politics, government and housing. As president of the NAACP, he challenged local businesses like Piggly Wiggly, Wal-Mart, KFC, and dozens more to employ more African-Americans.

Over his 13 years as branch president, he joined other local, state, and national NAACP leaders to champion many issues, including voting rights, police brutality, discrimination, education, and a host of other racial, economic and social concerns. For his commitment and dedication to his community, he was honored with the prestigious DreamKeepers Award in 1988.

The local leadership is always looking for the younger generation to step up and become a part of the organization because they said that many don’t feel the need to participate.

“They need to take the blinders off their eyes, because there is still a need,” member Steve Williams said. “There is still plenty work to be done. If we don’t do it, there a few organizations nationally that will.”

“One of our greatest challenges today is getting people out to vote, and letting them know why their vote counts,” local NAACP President Marvin Neal said. “You have to be in it to win it.”

Saturday’s event will be a black tie affair and tickets are $30. Call Marvin Neal at 843-240-5725 for more information or to purchase tickets.