The Madera chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will honor locals who have made a difference in the community during a banquet to raise money for scholarships Saturday.
The annual Curtis Collier Freedom Fund banquet is named after the late Curtis Collier, a World War II veteran who established the first Madera chapter of the NAACP in the 1950s. The civil rights organization aims to ensure political, educational, social and economic equality of rights for all people to eliminate race-based discrimination.
Members of the chapter nominate recipients yearly to be honored for their service and dedication to the community. A committee selects the honorees.
“The committee determines who are the people who have done a lot within the community, who have been friends with the NAACP, and what they’re doing is what we feel is good works for the community overall and we appreciate them so we want to say ‘Thank you,’” said Gloria Brown, a member of the Madera NAACP...