Hillary Clinton to speak at Charleston NAACP event Oct. 30

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the Charleston Branch NAACP’s annual banquet on Oct. 30.

The Charleston Branch NAACP’s 98th annual Freedom Fund Banquet will feature keynote speaker Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The banquet, at 7 p.m. Oct. 30, is the primary fundraiser for the local NAACP branch. It features civic leaders and special guests who address the organization’s civil rights work.

This is Clinton’s second appearance at the banquet. She visited Charleston in 2007 and was warmly received by about 1,000 people attending the event at the Charleston Area Convention Center in North Charleston. That year she also was vying for the presidency, reaching out to black voters in an effort to win the Democratic nomination that went to Barack Obama.

“I’m excited about her presence,” said branch President Dot Scott. “Her message is our message, and that’s the litmus test for who we invite.”

The Charleston NAACP will present Mary Thornley, president of Trident Technical College, with the Septima P. Clark Education Award, recognizing Thornley’s efforts at achieving diversity on campus.

“She’s really one of my heroes,” Scott said.

Tickets for the banquet are $125 for nonmembers, $100 for current members or anyone who joins the NAACP within 30 days of the banquet. Tables for 10 can be reserved for $1,500. Tickets will be available on Thursday and can be purchased or reserved by calling 805-8030.

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