Celebrated Educator to Keynote NAACP Freedom Fund and Awards Program

Marva Collins
Marva Collins

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the NAACP, the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Branch will hold its Freedom Fund Dinner and Awards Program at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at Pinckney Hall, Sun City Hilton Head, Highway 278, Bluffton, SC.

The theme of the event is “And How Are the Children?”

The speaker and guest of honor is Ms. Marva Collins, renowned educator and a recipient of the National Humanities Medal from President George W. Bush.

Ms. Collins founded the internationally-acclaimed Westside Preparatory School in a Chicago inner-city neighborhood. The Westside Preparatory School succeeded in teaching learning disabled, problem children to score at least five grades higher within their first year of instruction.

Collins and her teaching/ learning method have been featured on “60 Minutes,” “20/20,” “Good Morning America” and in other national and international media outlets. She is the subject of the TV movie, “The Marva Collins Story” starring Academy Award winners Cicely Tyson and Morgan Freeman.

The Centennial Year “Keepers of the Flame” Awards for Public Health and for Social Justice will be presented to Mr. Thomas C. Barnwell, Jr., and Sheriff P. J. Tanner and the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department, respectively. Tickets are $35 single; $60 couple and are available through the following: In person at Burke’s Main Street Pharmacy, 1101 Main Street, Hilton Head S.C. or by mail at NAACP-HHI/Bluffton Branch, PO Box 21727, Hilton Head, Island, S.C. 29925, by phone at (843) 342-280, or online at hhi.blufftonnaacp@hotmail.c om.

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