FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2017
ST. LOUIS COUNTY NAACP
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ST. LOUIS, MO. — The St. Louis County NAACP on Monday announced Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) will headline the 2017 Freedom Fund Leadership Dinner as keynote speaker on June 22, where she will receive the Margaret Bush Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award along with former Missouri Governor Bob Holden. The event will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, Mo., with a 5 p.m. reception preceding the dinner and program, which is set to begin at 6:45 p.m.
Waters has been a tireless advocate throughout her career for people of color, women, children and the poor. She is the senior African-American woman serving in Congress and serves as Ranking Member of the powerful House Committee on Financial Services. An integral member of Congressional Democratic Leadership, Congresswoman Waters serves as a member of the Steering & Policy Committee. She is also a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and member and past chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
“It’s an incredible honor to be able to bring Congresswoman Waters back to her hometown of St. Louis for the Freedom Fund dinner,” said John Gaskin, 2017 event chair and NAACP national board member. “Congresswoman Waters had dedicated nearly four decades of her life to public service and advancing the cause of social justice and economic inclusion for all people across the nation. We need her voice more than ever.”
“I’m so pleased to honor Congresswoman Waters with this well-deserved award,” St. Louis County NAACP President Esther Haywood said. “She has worked to advance civil rights through substantive legislation that increases opportunities all across this nation and has become widely known as a fierce advocate who won’t back down.”
“Congresswoman Waters’ life work speaks directly to this year’s theme of Rise Together,” said Jimmy Loomis, honorary general chair and Clayton township committeeman. “She has committed herself to the public service of others in the name of equal opportunity, and it’s a privilege to recognize her work.”
For tickets, follow the link (http://naacpstlcounty.org/freedom2017).
As previously announced, the St. Louis County NAACP will also honor state and community leaders for their dedication to increasing diversity and inclusion at the annual dinner, which draws more than 700 attendees annually.
Award winners and honorees for 2017 are:
- Hon. Bob Holden, 53rd governor of Missouri, Margaret Bush Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award
- Steven and Holly Cousins, Frankie Muse Freeman/Norman R. Seay Commitment to St. Louis Award
- Lodging Hospitality Management, 2017 Corporate Partner for Diversity Inclusion
- Attorney Ronald Norwood, Partner at Lewis Rice, Medgar Wiley Evers Legal Advocacy Award
- The LINKS, Inc., Daisy Bates Commitment to Education Award
- James “Jimmy” Williams, President, Estel Foods, Minority Entrepreneur of the Year
Additionally, the St. Louis County NAACP will recognize five Legacy Honorees
- Ken Franklin, Vice President, Advocacy and Governmental Relations Bi State Development Agency
- Laurna Godwin, President, Vector Communications Corporation
- Jason Hall, Managing Director, Arch to Park Collaborative
- Dr. Tina Clark Scott, Associate Superintendent Normandy Schools Collaborative
- Hon. Gina Walsh, Democratic Floor Leader, Missouri State Senator 13th District
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.