Members and supporters of the Carbondale chapter of the NAACP gathered on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at Carbondale Civic Center to support the group’s 40th annual Freedom Fund banquet. A keynote address was given by the first African-American woman elected to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and Southern Illinois University alumna Kim Foxx. ‘Steadfast and Unmovable’ was the theme of this year’s event. Honorees for the evening were Reps. Terri Bryant and Brandon Phelps. Richard Grigsby and Molly Parker, a reporter for The Southern Illinoisan, were also recognized for their involvement and efforts to improve the housing crisis in Cairo. The Freedom Fund supports the NAACP housed at Eurma C. Hayes Center, provides scholarships and supports other worthy causes.

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