The 2015 Freedom Fund Celebration hosted by the NAACP Riverside Branch was recently held with the theme, “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: One Nation, One Dream, United,” commemorating the 50 year anniversary of the March on Selma. This historic theme was expressed throughout the evening, opening with a showing of the Oscar-winning John Legend and Common video of the song, “Glory” from the movie Selma.
The NAACP Riverside branch hosts this annual fundraiser every year and the celebration marked the largest attended gala in the history of the organization, with over 650 in attendance.
Honorees were recognized in various categories for significant contributions made to the community including: Dr. Judy White- Education; Victory Outreach Riverside- Community/Political; Dr. Joan Roberts- Business/Entrepreneur; Rev. Dr. Marrix Seymore, Sr.-Religion; Dr. Angela D. Martin- Health; Perris Councilwoman Rita Rogers- Government/Political; Sgt. Bruce Wilson, U.S. Army-Military; William Kennedy, Esq.-Law/ Justice; and special presidential honorees William Chamberlain-Roy Wilkins; Tanya Humphrey-Griot and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.-Omar Stratton.
The talents of NAACP Riverside youth were enjoyed by all with performances including the singing of the Black National Anthem and “Home” by ACT-So Gold Medal winner, vocalist Tiera Hill.
For more information about NAACP Riverside and future events visit www.naacp-riverside.org.