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NAACP holds freedom fund banquet in Gulfport

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

As we prepare to enter another year, once again The Gulfport Branch of the NAACP is honoring the men and women who've left a positive mark on society.

"We like to honors those people that have done great things to help others in our communities. This year we're paying tribute to Pastor Collins from Shiloh Baptist Church. We're also honoring Dr. Alfred McNair for the work he's done throughout the whole Gulf Coast," Chapter President, Ruth Story said.

Also celebrated was last years honoree, the late Mrs. Lucimarion Roberts. The Banquet recognizes the people and groups that have made a significant impact in civil and human rights for citizens of all backgrounds.

"God says in his word, 'To whom much is given, much is expected.' We aren't given these great gifts just to hide them or keep them for ourselves. So whatever we need to do to help mankind, that's what we are about," Story said.

While hundreds of citizens showed up in support of the honorees, the event even got the attention of various state leaders. Including Congressman Steven Palazzo.

"I wanted to come out here especially in light of the tragedy in Connecticut. There's no better time for communities to come together. For husbands and wives to be better husbands and wives. Better neighbors, better community citizens and better followers in great. Its just a great event," Palazzo said.

The hope is to inspire others to also make a difference. Following the example the honorees have set through their own life stories.

"When you're involved in the community it makes for a better world, a better city, a better society. All of that," Story said.

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