Helping provide scholarships to Newberry County students

Carlton Kinard - Contributing Columnist

The Newberry County Branch of NAACP will hold its first Freedom Fund Celebration on Saturday, September 29 at 6 p.m. at the Gymnasium of Newberry Middle School, located at 125 O’Neal Street Newberry. The purpose of the Freedom Fund Banquet is to raise funds to offer a scholarship for one graduating senior from a local Newberry County High School. This year, The Newberry County Branch awarded the scholarship to Jazmine Curenton from Whitmire Community School. Jazmine will be attending Winthrop University in the fall, majoring in Biology.

The Freedom Fund Campaign is the NAACP’s public appeal for individual and institutional investment to ensure that it remain an effective advocate for positive change and advancement to benefit all citizens. Over the past 79 years, the South Carolina State Conference of NAACP has grown to over 140 local units staffed by volunteer leaders and members who cherish our shared democratic values. They are the engine that keeps us on the cutting edge of change in our society.

The keynote speaker for the evening will be The Honorable Kay Patterson who was a member of the South Carolina Senate, representing the 19th District from 1985 to his retirement in 2008. He was previously a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1975 through 1985.

Branch members will be recognized for their years of service. Special recognition of community members of their commitment to diversity and inclusion in the community will end the evening. Dinner will be served along with a live jazz band.

Newberry County Branch of NAACP:

The Newberry County Branch of NAACP covers the entire county of Newberry. We are here to address the issues that are pertinent in our community. We believe that all children should have an adequate education whether it’s public, private or home school. We believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity in joining the workforce whether it’s here in Newberry County or elsewhere. The Newberry County Branch of NAACP believes it is important to build strong and healthy relationships with our local government and law enforcement officials. The NAACP continues to bridge the gap between our older/younger generations. We understand that we must continue to set the example for our young people to grow and be successful leaders in our community.

The Newberry County Branch of NAACP meets every second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. The meeting location is located at St. Matthews Baptist Church on 61 Boundary Street. We encourage you to join this great organization and be a part of our ongoing efforts to ensure equality for all citizens here in Newberry County.

For more information about the Freedom Fund Banquet or to purchase tickets, please contact the Newberry County Branch of NAACP President Carlton Kinard at (803) 271-3767 or Email:


Carlton Kinard

Contributing Columnist

Carlton Kinard is the Newberry County Branch President of the NAACP. He can be reached at (803) 271-3767 or

Carlton Kinard is the Newberry County Branch President of the NAACP. He can be reached at (803) 271-3767 or