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NAACP banquet focuses on youths

October 10, 2007

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Shawnee County's first black district court judge will speak this month at a fundraiser for the Lawrence-Douglas County Unit of the NAACP.

Joseph D. Johnson is scheduled to speak at the Oct. 20 Freedom Fund Banquet at the Kansas Union's ballroom. The banquet benefits the unit's scholarship fund and branch operations.

The banquet's theme is "Power beyond Measure," and will focus on motivating youths. It begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour and dinner. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Sonya Johnson, the fundraising chairwoman, said the unit is also encouraging anyone who works with young adults to attend. The program includes community awards, and the 2007 scholarship award recipients will also get special recognition.

Adult tickets are $30, and are available by calling 979-4692 or sending an e-mail to info@douglasconaacp.org. Youth tickets - ages 18 and younger - cost $15 and are available by calling (785) 462-2204.

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black_butterfly 6 years, 6 months ago

I don't mean to be critical, but what has the Lawrence Branch of the NAACP done to "advance" the situation and betterment of people of color? All I ever read about is fundraisers for their scholarship fund, but I heard that they always give their scholarships to students who are NOT people of color. Are they really trying to promote the advancement of people of color, or just impress the city officials. I just know that I have heard a lot of negative things about them and rarely hear anything positive. They are not visible in the black community and no one really knows what they do outside of their scholarship fundraisers. Having Judge Johnson speak on motivating youth s a good idea but will the youth who NEED to hear his speech be there to hear it? I guess I'd better make my way to one of the meetings and try to find out the answer to these questions.

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