Todd Paris, Candidate for City Council, had a Great Time at the Salisbury-Rowan NAACP’s Freedom Fund Banquet Saturday Night

Posted on November 5, 2017



Todd Paris, Salisbury Attorney and Candidate for Salisbury City Council

♦ On Saturday November 4, 2017 the Salisbury-Rowan Chapter of the NAACP held its annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 7:00 p.m. at the Livingstone College School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts building on Jake Alexander Boulevard. Admission was fifty dollars per plate. This is the major fundraiser for the chapter each year and provides funds for chapter operations and college scholarships awarded each year. I’ve been a NAACP member for quite a few years and serve on the local chapter’s legal advisory committee.

NAACP Chapter President Gemale Black and his officers and Board outdid themselves this year before a packed room with few empty chairs. Coming on the heels of a most excellent NAACP City Council Forum, the banquet capped a very successful year for the local NAACP Chapter. Classic rock music from a great band playing classic 50’s and 60’s tunes and a wonderful dinner cooked and served by Livingstone’s students made this a night to remember. The Chapter’s introductory message concerned an appeal to vote and included a reminder of all those who fought and died to secure that right for all citizens.

It was truly a night to remember and even featured one of Mayor Alexander’s official mayoral proclamations about something or other. Would that have been replaced with announcement that city owned Fred Evans pools would no longer charge poor kids admission while the city spends $3 million plus dollars per year to subsidize Fibrant to prosperous homes or that council had voted to provide financial support for Boy’s and Girl’s Club instead, or perhaps a pledge that she would stop gaveling down and shushing community activists at City Council meetings for the content of their speech. To her credit, she did occupy the podium for a few minutes without having anyone escorted out of the room by the police. The response was lukewarm, but polite. I minded my manners as well.

I saw Council-members Kenny Hardin and David Post there as well as well as City Council challenger Latasha Wilks. Kenny Hardin and I had a brief, but fruitful conversation. I like the guy. I did speak with “the one” Black city council challenger who Salisbury’s so-called elite’s seem to have deemed appropriate for support.  I was polite.

If you have the opportunity to attend next year’s Freedom Fund Banquet this event is highly recommended and is one of the top social events of the year. It certainly supports a worthy cause.

The Rowan-Salisbury Chapter of the NAACP’s Freedom Fund Banquet Program:

The Livingstone Blue Bear about to Tear into a Giant Meatball:

A Banquet for a King:

The Rowan-Salisbury Chapter of the NAACP’s Freedom Fund Banquet:

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