HAMLET — Tonight the local branch of the NAACP will award scholarships, recognize members and get an update on the progress of civil rights over the past year.
The activity is all part of the Richmond County branch of the NAACP’s annual dinner. It begins at 7:30 p.m. at the East Hamlet Center at 155 Laurel Hill St in Hamlet. Dress is semi-formal.
More than 200 people are expected to attend the dinner, which is in its 36th year.
“You can’t get a meal like this for $20, which is what we’re charging.” said NAACP President Dr. Fred McQueen. “This is the highlight of the Richmond County NAACP.”
The Rev. Anthony T. Waymyers, pastor of Grace Temple Fellowship Church in Wallace, S.C., is the guest speaker.
“We expect a wonderful speech from him,” said Macie McQueen, a former secretary for the NAACP.
The NAACP will also recognize Mother of the Year nominees from the 18 churches in Richmond County.
“It’s an annual banquet and membership drive,” Fred McQueen said. “Whoever raises the most money by selling memberships gets to be prom queen. This is the lifeblood of our organization, but it’s like a fashion show. They get dressed up in their finest.”
Tonight’s events will include the awarding of the 2014 Johnnie Henry Little scholarship and NAACP scholarships. The amount of the scholarships is based on the number of students in the NAACP, according to Macie McQueen.
The meal will be provided by Genesis Catering of Bennettsville with a choice of chicken or beef. The Richmond Senior Gospel Choir will provide music.