NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet & Community Forum

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is holding the 2013 NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet with Panel Discussion in Spokane at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park (303 W North River Dr, Spokane WA 99201). The theme of the Banquet is “Justice or Just Us,” taking place on Saturday November 2nd, 7-9 pm with a 6-7 pm social hour with no-host drinks. Tickets for the Banquet are $75 per person, with the proceeds benfiting the Michael P. Anderson & NAACP Scholarships Funds, available online at or calling 509-325-3722. The Panel discussion and community forum are free and open to the public.

“The Freedom Fund Banquet is the major fundraising event for the NAACP,” according to  James Wilburn, President of the Spokane Branch of the NAACP, “and proceeds will help provide scholarships for deserving youth to cover college expenses and enable them to participate in other enrichment activities that they otherwise could not afford.”

A free panel discussion and forum, featuring Judge Joe Brown and hosted by the NAACP, is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, 11/2, from 1-3:30pm, to educate the Spokane Community and explore ways to eliminate the “school to prison pipeline” for youth of color. The panel and forum are open to the public and President Wilburn is inviting Spokane residents to “come hear what people of color are struggling with in the Spokane community and find out how we can partner with the school system and law enforcement to fix it.”

Judge Joe Brown, the no-nonsense presiding judge of the long running syndicated courtroom reality show “Judge Joe Brown”, will be the special guest speaker for the 2013 NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet. In addition to the banquet, the NAACP will be using Judge Brown’s high profile Spokane visit to focus attention on the racial inequalities that exist within educational and criminal justice systems.

Panelists include: Judge Joe Brown; Frank Straub-Chief of Police; Ozzie Knezovich-Spokane County Sheriff; Wendy Bleecker – Director, Student Support Services, Spokane Public Schools; Tommy Williams – Founder/Exec Director, Operation Healthy Family; Gloria Ochoa – Attorney, Judge & Chair, Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs; Kahlil Wilson-Moore – Student, Lewis and Clark High School; and James Wilburn, NAACP President, Spokane Branch. The panel will be moderated by Angela Brown, Director, Employment and Conciliation Services, Spokane Public Schools.

Major co-sponsors for the Freedom Fund Banquet and Community Panel and Forum include Avista, Red Lion, Delta Airlines, Gonzaga University, the City of Spokane, and Spokane Public Schools.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), founded on February 12, 1909, is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. The NAACP’s principal objective is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of United States and eliminate race prejudice. The NAACP seeks to remove all barriers of racial discrimination through the democratic process. The Spokane branch of the NAACP has been serving the needs of people of color in this region for more than 94 years.

For additional information, contact 509-325-3772 or go to

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