Five community leaders, six students and two college graduates — all of Madera — are set to be honored in a banquet tonight.
The annual Curtis Collier Freedom Fund Banquet, hosted by the Madera chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is expected to draw more than 100 people to VFW Hall, 2026 N. Granada Drive.
District representatives for state Sens. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) and Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) are expected to attend. The event — which will include a social hour, dinner and dancing — is named after the late Curtis Collier, a World War II veteran who established the first Madera chapter of the NAACP in the 1950s. He and his wife Lucille Hughes also started the Second Missionary Church.
Collier was a strong supporter of business and education and is described by NAACP members as a “true pioneer of civil rights.” ...