NAACP to host Freedom Fund event

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BELOIT - NAACP Beloit Branch #3251 invites everyone to the Freedom Fund Banquet to hear from civil rights activist and author James Meredith.

The annual event will be held at the Eclipse Center, 3 Eclipse Center, with a 6 p.m. social hour and 7 p.m. dinner on Oct. 25. The 2018 theme is "NAACP Steadfast and Immovable."

The keynote speaker, James Meredith, became the first African American student at the University of Mississippi in 1962.

State officials had initially refused a U.S. Supreme Court order to integrate the school and blocked Meredith's entrance. After campus riots he was admitted under protection of federal marshals.

James Meredith has self-published several books on politics and society. In 1966, he published his memoir, "Three Years in Mississippi."

Tickets for the Freedom Fund Banquet cost $65 and include annual membership and a subscription to "Crisis" magazine. Tables of eight are available for $520.

The deadline for tickets is Oct. 18. For additional information people can contact Dorothy Harrell at 608-365-1881 or Linda Ward, Freedom Fund chair, at 608-365-2412. The annual event is usually attended by 200 to 250 people, according to Ward.

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