Greater Springfield NAACP annual banquet focuses on voter rights, need to increase minimum wage

By Suzanne McLaughlin, The Republican
on May 18, 2013

tswan ruth lovingAGAWAM – About 400 people attended the annual membership banquet of the Greater Springfield chapter of the NAACP Thursday night at Chez Josef.

The Rev. Talbert W. Swan II said that since he was elected president of the NAACP in June, 2011, the membership has increased.

“We have revitalized the brand,” he said. “We are alive and well.”

Speakers at the annual dinner focused on threats to voter rights and the need to make the minimum wage “a living wage.”

“Voters in Massachusetts are fortunate,” Swan said. He said there are efforts in other parts of the country to require photo identification to vote.


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Thank you for your support of the2012 Annual Membership Banquet. We had a great time, heard a great speaker in John J. Johnson, and were inspired to remain vigilant in the struggle for freedom, justice and equality! The theme of this year’s banquet was “Your Power, Your Decision, VOTE! We encourage you to ensure that you are registered and that you not allow anything to keep you from voting your conscious in this year’s fall election. Many of our predecessors struggled, suffered and even died to ensure that we would have the right to vote. We cannot allow the tactics of a vocal, well-financed few to set back the clock on the gains made by others. Exercise your power, VOTE!

A special thanks goes out to Sophia Jeffery, Banquet Committee Chair, and the entire Banquet Planning Committee. We would also like to thank all of our sponsors with a special recognition to our major Gold Sponsor, Baystate Health and Bronze Sponsors, American International College and Massachusetts Mutual Financial Group.


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