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Members and supporters of the Carbondale chapter of the NAACP gathered on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at Carbondale Civic Center to support the group’s 41st annual Freedom Fund banquet. A keynote address was given by U.S. Senator and retired Attorney General Roland Burris. ‘Defeat Hate VOTE’ was the theme of this year’s event. The Freedom Fund supports the NAACP housed at Eurma C. Hayes Center, provides scholarships and supports other worthy causes.

1. Lisa and Frank Byrd of Murphysboro

2. Rick Bryant and Illinois State Rep. Terri Bryant of Murphysboro

3. Rev. K. Donnell Wilson of Carbondale

4. Glenn Poshard of Murphysboro, Sam Goldman of Carbondale and Karl Maple of Elkville

5. Barbara Wooley Dewalt and Louise Woods, both of Carbondale

6. Kevin Kendrick of Atlanta, Georgia and Jeff Jones of Detroit, Michigan

7. Dr. Kathleen Curphy, Countenance Anderson, Tiffiney Ryan and Peggy Bradford, all of Shawnee Community College

8. Darrell Bryant and Jeff Franklin, both of Carbondale

9. Todd Bryson, Bethany Peppers and Brione Lockett

10. Matt and Christy Solverson of Carbondale

11. Pepper Holder of Carbondale

12. Lee Hughes, Robin Freeman and Van Ikner, all of Carbondale

13. Desna and Russell McElveen of Carbondale

14. Jay Abdul Basir of Chicago and Aliya Wilson of State College, Pennsylvania

15. Tyler Gravitt of Carbondale

16. Corene McDaniel of Carbondale

17. Henry O’Neal of Virginia Beach, Virginia with Steffanie Bezruni of Champagne and Brendan Kelly of Swansea

18. Gina Einig of Makanda

19. Illinois State Rep. Natalie Phelps Finnie of Elizabethtown

20. Dr. Carl Flowers of Carbondale with Steven Gear of Kankakee and Toussaint Mitchell of Naperville

21. Nevaeh and Ashley Wright of Carbondale

22. Ginger Rye of Carbondale with keynote speaker Roland Burris and Dora Weaver of Carbondale

23. Carolyn Synder and Dr. Carl Flowers, both of Carbondale

24. Ella Lacey of Carbondale

25. Linda Flowers and Diane Hood, both of Carbondale

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