CLEARWATER — The NAACP Clearwater Upper Pinellas branch will have a heavy hitting guest for its 44th annual Freedom Fund Banquet on June 1. National NAACP President Derrick Johnson will be the keynote speaker at the fundraiser, which will be held at Ruth Eckerd Hall beginning at 6 p.m.
Clearwater branch president Marva McWhite said Johnson’s presence "means a lot to us as a branch" at a time when communities all across the nation are grappling with racial and political tensions. "We have to keep what we have worked so hard for and not go backwards," she said.
Proceeds from the event benefit the branch’s programming and outreach for under-served residents. McWhite said tickets are $10 for youths and $50 for adults. They can be purchased at the door or by calling (727) 441-1818.