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What is the NAACP Freedom Fund?

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The Freedom Fund, also referred to as the Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner and Awards Ceremony, is an annual fundraising event for the NAACP. Local branches across the country hold their own dinners and ceremonies to raise money and recognize the work of their local chapters.

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The NAACP Freedom Fund was created in 1953 to promote and complete total emancipation, but the movement was underway during a time of racial violence and tragedy. At the time, NAACP Mississippi Field Secretary Medgar W. Evers was killed, according to the NAACP. The assassination prompted then NAACP Chairman Bishop Stephen Spottswood to declare at the NAACP Convention in Chicago, Illinois, in July 1963, that the Fighting Fund for Freedom would continue until the job of emancipating people is finished.

Chapters of the NAACP across the country hold upscale dinners and awards ceremonies every year, explains the NAACP. The Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner for the NAACP Detroit branch is known as the largest sit down dinner of its kinds with about 10,000 guests, according to the Detroit branch of the NAACP. The dinner often attracts influential and famous speakers. Vice President Joe Biden was the keynote speaker for the annual dinner in Detroit in May 2015.

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