44th NAACP Freedom Fund Luncheon and Silent Auction

Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III
Keynote Speaker

The Kansas City, Missouri branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will host an audience of approximately 1,000 patrons at its Life Member Freedom Fund Luncheon on Saturday, November 5 at Westin Crown Center Hotel, One Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO. A silent auction will begin at 11 AM, before the doors open for the luncheon at 12 Noon. The cost of the luncheon is seventy-five dollars ($75) per person.

This year’s luncheon continues the tradition of past banquets to honor Life Members of the organization and serves as a fundraiser for the continuation of civil and human rights’ advocacy. Since memberships are the life-blood of the organization, we must encourage prospective and current members to elevate fundraising efforts from the Silver Life to Gold Life and to the ultimate Diamond Life memberships. While defraying costs to provide civil-rights advocacy, it is honorable to note that officers and members of the local branch are ALL non-paid volunteers.

Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III will serve as keynote speaker. In September 2008, he became pastor of Charity Missionary Baptist Church which serves over 35 ministries in North Charleston, South Carolina. For thirty-four years, Rev. Rivers has worked at several levels of the NAACP, including president of the North Charleston branch; Executive Director of South Carolina State Conference; Director of the Southeast Region; Chief Operating Officer and twice as Chief of Field Operations. He is presently Vice President of Stakeholder Relations of the NAACP. His work led to the election of more than three hundred new African-American elected officials in South Carolina between 1986 and 1994. He was a leading organizer of the largest civil-rights demonstration in the history of South Carolina when over 50,000 marched on the capitol in January 2000 to demand the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag. Rev. Rivers has received numerous awards and most notable are his appearances on various electronic and print media, including NPR, CNN, 60 Minutes, BET Tonight with Ed Gordon, among others, and a speaking role in the movie, Separate but Equal, starring Sidney Poitier. He is a 1968 graduate of Burke High School, Charleston, South Carolina and received a Bachelor’s degree from Wilberforce University in Ohio. Rev. Rivers is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, South Carolina.

Tables of 10 can be reserved at a $750 cost and special provisions are available including Table and Advertising packages for businesses, organizations, and individuals. Contact the NAACP Office at (816) 421-1191 or send email to naacpkcmo@sbcglobal.net. The office address is 1601 E. 18th Street, Suite 212, Kansas City, MO 64108, located in the historic Lincoln Building (18th & Vine) Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The general chairperson is Debra Foster Payne; general co-chair, Marquita Taylor; branch president, Anita L. Russell; and publicity chair, Rosa James.

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