Local NAACP Branch hosts 8th annual Freedom Fund Banquet

The Lafayette/West Lafayette Branch 3056 is celebrating a year of accomplishments.

Posted: Dec 7, 2019 11:35 PM
Updated: Dec 7, 2019 11:43 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Lafayette/West Lafayette Branch 3056 is celebrating a year of accomplishments.

On Saturday, nearly 200 people in the Greater Lafayette community came together for the annual Freedom Fund Banquet.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is an organization made up of all ethnicities. Their goal is to bring unity and break the cycle of racial inequality.

Dr. John Gates said he's honored to be this year's Keynote Speaker. He's served as the Vice Provost of Diversity at Purdue University for around eight months. He said this community is a reflection of all the NAACP embodies.

“There really is a coming together of our community around a shared goal of humanity,” said Gates. “We are one Greater Lafayette, I think that's embodied in the NAACP.”

This year the organization has worked on issues of voting rights and education. The group is also celebrating statewide improvement between community and police relations.

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