Historic Seminole County NAACP Invites You To Freedom
BY DEVIN HEFLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Photo Cutline: Marvin Carroll
SANFORD - The Seminole County Branch NAACP, with their office based out of Midway, work to combat injustices and marginalization.
The branch was established by the late Harry T. Moore. Moore, who was President of the Florida State Conference NAACP, founded the Seminole County branch as well as the Brevard county branches. He was instrumental in registered over 34,000 Black Florida residents to vote.
Harry T. Moore and his wife Harriet, lost their lives on December 25, 1951, when a bomb exploded beneath their home. Today, the Moore’s Cultural Complex has been erected in their honored, and stands in Mims, FL.
The branch gained notoriety and publicity in the wake of the shooting of seventeen year old Trayvon Martin in Sanford. The branch also worked with students at Crooms Academy and Seminole High School, by way of mentorship, tutoring and scholarships.
Today, the branch, with new officers a renewed mission and a renowned sense of community, will host their upcoming freedom fund banquet to highlight their accomplishments and encourage new membership within their ranks.
In an era of voter suppression and a new administration which threatens the freedoms of many, membership and fundraising, which are the nuclei for every NAACP chapter, are emphasized by every chapter.
"The Freedom Fund Awards Banquet is the key fundraiser for the branch,” said Marvin Carroll, President of Seminole County Branch of NAACP. “Funds supports marginalize citizens with civil injustice and assist area high school graduating seniors who have met requirement in their pursuit of a post-secondary education.”
Silent Auction and Hors d'oeuvres will take place from 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM. The banquet will begin promptly at 6:30 PM.
Tickets for the Freedom Awards Banquet are on sale from Thursday, June 1 through Friday, August 4, 2017. Prices for the banquet are as follows:
Adult member banquet ticket - $45; adult non-member banquet ticket and one year membership $65
Youth member banquet ticket - $20; youth non-member banquet ticket and one year membership $25
Tickets can be purchased with cash or by check. There are two ways to purchase tickets:
U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy is keynote speaker at the Branch’s 76TH Annual Freedom Awards Banquet, which will convene Saturday, August 12 at the Sanford Civic Center (401 East Seminole Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771).
Murphy defeated longtime Republican Congressman John Mica to become the representative for Florida’s District 7. The District covers all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including downtown Orlando, Maitland, Winter Park, and the University of Central Florida.
She currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Small Business Committee; there she serves as Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce.
Prior to her congressional career, Murphy worked as a college professor after serving as a national security specialist in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense.
Congresswoman Murphy holds a M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Economics from the College of William and Mary.
The Seminole County Branch NAACP’s vision began with one man, and today, is enacted by many.