On February 23, 2018 the Duluth Branch of the NAACP held their Freedom Fund Dinner. The dinner was an opportunity for the branch to raise awareness, spirits, and funds. It was the first time the dinner has been held in over 20 years. The dinner was emceed by Romona Marozas and organized by the Freedom Fund Committee. Terri, our Creative Director, played an integral role in planning the event. As an organization, we also designed all the print and digital material to help promote and brand the event.

Jordon, our Visionary Director, was nominated for the Take a Stand for the Revolution Award. He was nominated by 6 community members. He ended up receiving the award and speaking at the event. In his speech he mentioned the hard work and dedication the other nominees demonstrated in the community. Jordon thanked the elders and those who came before and set the stage for the work to continue. He also brought up the necessity of an intersectional movement. A movement that acknowledges the identities, realities, stories, and experiences of the most marginalized and targeted groups. He said “If the movement isn’t intersectional, then we’ve already lost.” Lastly, Jordon talked about our past and present political climate. Speaking to issues of gun violence, poverty, police brutality, and more. He stated ““we can’t accept cruelty as a political stance.” Jordon has donated his organization allotment to the Superior African Heritage Community and is donating his individual winnings to the local group ARE.

Photo by Ivy Vainio
Photo by Ivy Vainio