COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Friday was a big night for the Columbus branch of the NAACP.
The group held its annual Freedom Fund Banquet at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.
The event featured keynote speaker Reverend Dr. William Barber II. He is a national NAACP board member and the architect of the "Moral Monday" movement,
State representative Dee-Dawkins-Haigler, chairman of the Georgia House's Black Caucus, was also there along with other prominent guests.
"Everyone is excited," said Tonza Thomas, president of the Columbus chapter. "They're excited that I am second female presents 74 year history and they are super excited that we have young adults, youth and the senior veterans of the NAACP here to do the work together."
This the freedom banquet's fortieth year. The emcee for the event was former WTVM reporter Chauncy Glover who now works in Houston.