At 7 p.m. Friday at the Old Central Cultural Center in Galveston, we will host an annual Freedom Fund Scholarship Banquet. Our theme this year is “Celebrating Community Champions — Vision Transformed into Action.”

We are honored to recognize individuals who live a life of service and work to improve the Galveston community. Those being honored include Angela Wilson of The Galveston County Daily News, Lillie Ann Aleman with Galveston LULAC, Councilwoman Amy Bly, Galveston Independent School District educator Sherman Beafneaux, Kathy Tiernan of the University of Texas Medical Branch, and Mayor Jim Yarbrough.

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Our organization is committed to building a better Galveston.

We welcome the public’s participation. Tickets are available through Wednesday.

Again, thank you for your continued support, and as president of the Galveston Unit, I look forward to serving our community so that we can accomplish the vision of the NAACP, which is “to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.”

Mary Patrick


Galveston Chapter NAACP


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