NAACP Holds Annual Banquet – Honors County’s AuthorsNovember 21st, 2011 by Submitted
Drew County’s Branch Number 6042 of the NAACP recently held it’s annual banquet at the Monticello High School cafeteria. The theme was “Living in the Shadow of the Dreamer” and honored special local authors from Monticello who had dared to dream of becoming authors and had stepped out and been successful.
Mrs. Tira Jones of the Revival Church was Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening. Drew County Judge Damon Lampkin gave greetings from the county and Alderwoman Sherrie Gillespie welcomed visitors to the city in view of Mayor Maxwell’s absence.
Honorees were Sharon Shorter formerly of Wilmar who has written a book called “Taking out the Trash”; Rev. Shay Gillespie of Monticello, author of “And a Little Child Shall Lead Them”; Gaynell Jamison of Monticello, author of three children’s books – “Halloween Night”, “My Loose Tooth” and “Where Can I Read?”; and Mary Heady and Mark Spencer of the UAM faculty who collaborated on a book, “Images of America: Monticello”.
The featured speaker for the evening was Ms Kymara Seals, Deputy State Director, office of U. S. Senator Mark Pryor, and a native of Hamburg. Ms Seals gave a rousing, cheerful speech about “Daring to Dream”.
Before Branch president Tommy Daniels gave the closing remarks, a crowd of nearly 200 enjoyed the food, music and program of the evening and the annual event.
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