The Charleston Branch National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will have its 96th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Charleston Marriott Hotel, 170 Lockwood Boulevard.

The banquet speaker will be Hilary O. Shelton, director of the NAACP’s Washington Bureau and senior vice-president for advocacy and policy for the national NAACP. The Trailblazer Award will be presented to National NAACP CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.

For banquet tickets, call the Charleston Branch NAACP at 843-805-8030.