WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- The Lafayette/West Lafayette NAACP held it's 2018 Freedom Fund Banquet Dec. 8.
The banquet is a public event created to discuss and celebrate the local NAACP’s accomplishments through the year.
The Lafayette/West Lafayette NAACP branch works on local issues within education, housing, health-care and criminal justice.
NAACP Washington Bureau Director and Senior VP, Hilary Shelton was the event keynote speaker.
He said it's important to take time to celebrate each year's achievements but also take a look at issues to work through for the next year.
“We've been able to achieve much to improve our conditions to a greater extent but there's still so much left to be done, so we're excited we have a chance to stop for a minute to celebrate that diversity,” said Shelton.
Attendees included community members, Purdue faculty, elected officials and their families. Shelton said it was a night of unity, which is the foundation NAACP has built itself on.
“What you'll see as you look around this room is what looks the beginnings of the NAACP. African-Americans and White-American's, Christians and Jews and other differences and indeed see that we have a common interest and a common goal,” said Shelton.
One main focus of the event was discussing the results of the recent midterm election. Shelton talked about the role it'll play in the general election coming up in 2020.