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NAACP holds annual Freedom Fund Dinner at Radisson

By SPENCER DAVIDSON

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The local NAACP chapter held its annual Freedom Fund Dinner, Sunday.

Several civil rights advocates and activists were in attendance at the Raddison Hotel in Downtown Utica, to be honored for their contributions to the cause.

Jan De Amicis, Chairperson of the Sociology/Anthropology department at Utica College, and John Fuman, Grant Writer, were among those honored at the dinner.
     
The organization also paired up with the Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency to recognize community service work throughout the area over the past year.
     
The event is primarily aimed at further promoting equality and civil rights, however, it also serves to emphasize the importance around election time each year.

"We think that voting is the cornerstone to - the gateway to rights," said chapter president, Dietra Harvey. "We always want to remind people about the importance of voting. So we've strategically selected this day to do so."

Stephen L. Lockwood, co-founder of "A Better Chance," was the keynote speaker at Sunday's event. He spoke about the importance of providing quality education opportunities to inner city youth.

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