Atlanta NAACP Freedom Fund Awards and Dinner Honoring Dwight Howard, Elisabeth Omilami, Ron Clark, & More

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This past Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the Atlanta Chapter of the NAACP “Jondelle Johnson Freedom Fund Dinner”. I was very impressed. A very elegant, informative, heartwarming, classy event.

They invited prestigious VIPS to honor them for their hard-working community service  which included  NBA star Dwight Howard, well known educator Ron Clark , actor and activist Elisabeth Omilami (Hosea Feed the Hungry) and Maurice “Reec” Swiney. All of the recipients delivered  impressive speeches and positive messages. What a great night.

“The Jondelle Johnson Freedom Fund Awards Dinner is one of the most impressive lineups of VIP’s to be held in the social justice arena.  Mrs. Jondelle was affectionately known as “Mrs. NAACP” to many who knew her. She was the epitome of dedication, perseverance, and service. The Jondelle Johnson Legacy Award recognizes those who exemplify these characteristics.”  All the recipients of the Awards gave stellar speeches that were inspiring. The first recipient Elisabeth Omilami recieved the  Legacy Award for her consistent efforts with Hosea Feed the Homeless. Upon the receipt of her award she gave a speech of such magnitude that when Dwight Howard accepted his award he referred to Mrs. Omilami as “Maya Angelou the Second.” Dwight Howard speech was very moving because it was so sincere, affectionate and heartfelt. He has helped so many children in Atlanta, across the U.S and Haiti. He stated that a mentor told him at a very early age “to use basketball as a vehicle to change the world”. Last but not least Ron Clark received the President’s Award for his impact on the students at his academy. He was so happy to receive the award that he didn’t want to give the mic back to the President of the NAACP!  However, his time was well used. Ron Clark charged everyone at the dinner to make a difference in the life of a child.

There were many great guests in the building, including the students from the Ron Clark Academy, Emmy Award Winning Poet, Hank Stewart,  and Grammy Award winning Singer Kandi from the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Where else can you get style, fashion, basketball, poetry, volunteerism and education…Only at the Jondelle Johnson Freedom Fund Dinner, I know that Mrs. Jondelle Johnson  was smiling down on the event very proud.” (Yolanda, examiner.com)

For information  on how you can make a difference in the world….contact NAACP …email: freedomfund@naacpatlanta.org or call (404) 756-5447.

WAKE UP EACH MORNING AND ASK YOURSELF….WHAT AM I DOING TO HELP SOMEONE? HOW CAN I HELP SOMEONE TODAY? IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE ANYTHING EXTRAVAGANT OR COSTLY…YOU CAN MAKE SOMEONE’S DAY BY GIVING A HOT MEAL WHEN THEY DON’T HAVE THE MEANS OF BUYING FOOD ON THEIR OWN..OR SIMPLY VOLUNTEERING AN HOUR OUT OF YOUR DAY TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY…IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT PEOPLE. LET’S WAKE UP AND HELP EACH OTHER EACH AND EVERYDAY! ~~JAZZY MCBEE

Pictures courtesy of Chanda Scott/Tastemaker Magazine


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