Members and supporters of the Carbondale Branch of the NAACP gathered in late October 2016 to support the group’s annual Freedom Fund Banquet, where the Rev. Theresa Dear, a national NAACP board member, was the guest speaker.  The event also attracted the state NAACP president, Teresa Haley; former SIU president Glenn Poshard; other local leaders and officials; and candidates running for various political offices.

— submitted by Pepper Holder and James Bass

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