Saturday June 2nd the Providence Branch of the
NAACP held it’s 150 Freedom Fund Breakfast at the Providence Marriott Downtown.
The breakfast was well attended by an estimated 350 supporters, members and
friends. The theme this year was “Defeat Hate – Vote” and thus not surprisingly
several candidates for public office attended the breakfast, all in favor of
improving the quality of life in Rhode Island.
President Jim Vincent welcomed the participants to this
year’s event and introduced the breakfast Emcee Yemi Sekoni, President and
Managing Director, Donahue Models & Talent, followed by the Invocation
given by Reverend Chris Abhulime, Senior Pastor, The King’s Tabernacle,
Johnston, RI. Refined 313 offered musical selections with remarks given by
Governor Gina Raimondo, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David
Cicilline, and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza.
This year’s keynote address was given by Nirva La Fortune, member
of the Providence City Council and the Manager and Advisor of the President’s
Scholars Program at Brown University. Prior to coming to Brown University Nirva
served as Assistant Director of the Center for Public Policy and Science,
Technology and Society at Drexel University and prior to that experience as the
Administrator in the Centers for Academic Advising at Temple University’s Fox
School of Business.
Nirva shared with the participants her story of being raised
by Haitian immigrant parents and how she views the issue of immigration,
democracy and the role each of us play in making America the diverse cultural
experiment that it is. Nirva’s comments supported the remarks that Vincent
railed earlier in the program about the need to educate ourselves about local
and national political issues and then VOTE.
The NAACP is the oldest organization in the Country that has
consistently been in the forefront of advocating for the Civil Rights of
Americans especially those of color. Vincent reminded the participants at the
breakfast of the need for their support in combating racial inequality,
improving education equity and access to affordable higher education, housing
and health, by becoming a member.
more information about the Providence Branch of the NAACP you may contact Jim
Vincent at firstname.lastname@example.org or
attend a monthly meeting on the third Thursday of each month at 6pm at the
Prince Hall Masonic Lodge located at 588 Eddy Street, Providence.