Credit: Photo courtesy of Mos Ortiz, YAI

The Staten Island Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will hold its Freedom Fund Luncheon, featuring the 26th annual William A. Morris Humanitarian Awards, on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Li Greci’s Staaten, 697 Forest Ave., Staten Island, NY. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Herbert Daughtry, pastor of the House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn.

This year’s celebration highlights 104 years of struggle for the nation’s oldest, strongest, most revered and respected civil rights organization and 88 years of existence for the Staten Island Branch. The national theme of the organization is “We shall not be moved.”

The William A. Morris Humanitarian Awards Planning Committee is pleased to announce that this year’s honorees are Theodore “Teddy” Atlas, Cathy Grant-Kinard, Marcus Browne, Helen S. Settles, Paulette Blake-Crosland and Shermarke Tannis. Additionally, two Youth Awards will be presented to Nija Howard and Jamila Lewis.

Adult tickets are available at $100 per person and include a one-year membership ($30) and a one-year subscription to Crisis magazine. Youth tickets, for those under age 18, are available at $50, which include a membership for one year ($10). Ticket reservations should be made payable to the Staten Island Branch of the NAACP and sent to the ticket chairperson, Carla Laban, at Staten Island Branch, NAACP, P.O. Box 141064, Staten Island, NY 10314-0005, or by calling 718-720-8189. The deadline for ticket reservations is Sept. 20.