Freedom Fund Banquet is Saturday

From staff reports
Posted 9/20/22

Harnett County NAACP’s Freedom Fund Banquet will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Dunn Community Center at 205 Jackson Road.

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Freedom Fund Banquet is Saturday

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Harnett County NAACP’s Freedom Fund Banquet will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Dunn Community Center at 205 Jackson Road.

Tickets are on sale for $30 each.

The “When We Fight, We Win” event will feature guest speaker Roger Floyd, the chief impact officer and organizer of the George Floyd Memorial Center, and guest speaker Thomas Neal McLaurin, executive director and organizer of the George Floyd Memorial Center.

George Floyd was killed when former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than 8 minutes, restricting his airway and causing his heart to stop, according to a lung specialist who testified in Chauvin’s trial. Floyd’s death became a catalyst for global social change on May 25, 2020.

Originally from Clinton, Roger Floyd is uncle of the late George Floyd and co-founded the George Floyd Memorial Center for Social Equity. “Leading the mission of bringing our nation together and moving the social justice needle forward, Roger has taken on the challenge of co-creating an organization that would not only honor the sacrifice of his nephew, George Floyd, but help bridge the economic, education and justice gap in our society,” noted Harnett County NAACP President Tony Spears.

Roger Floyd settled in Raleigh and had a long and illustrious career in the insurance industry before he retired and took up the mantle of social change.

McLaurin is his nephew and first cousin to George Floyd. He co-founded the center with Roger Floyd after spending more than 30 years teaching in Georgia’s public school system.

McLaurin is originally from Roseboro. He earned his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University and did his graduate work at North Carolina Central University. He currently lives in Douglasville, Georgia, with his wife and family.

Roger Floyd is married to Joyce Harris Floyd and they have two children and five grandchildren.

Dress for the banquet is semi-formal. The dinner is set to start at 7:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets, call Harnett County NAACP President Tony Spears at 910-808-6980 or Elsie Lee at 910-685-2857.

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