The Greater Indianapolis Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) hosted the 52nd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet Sept. 21. This year’s theme was “Creating a New Environment for Public Health: Overcoming the Impact of race and Place.” The event included an award ceremony and featured conversations on racial and environmental factors that impact public health.
Crystal Ratcliffe, president of the Greater Indianapolis NAACP, said the banquet is more than just a fundraising event, “It’s an opportunity to recognize leaders who are blazing trails, celebrate progress that has been made and identify practical next steps to achieve racial equity in our community.”
Ratcliffe recognized numerous Indianapolis leaders, awarding the William “Bill” Crawford Award, Humanitarian Awards, Pathfinder Award, Outstanding Achievement Award, Appreciation Award and the President’s Award.
The Freedom Fund Banquet is NAACP’s largest fundraising and networking event of the year. Proceeds from the event go toward supporting racial equity work and ensuring the organization’s mission of promoting equal rights for all people in the greater Indianapolis area.
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