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Mon Valley NAACP honors local leaders, students

| Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
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Donora native U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton was the keynote speaker at the Monongahela Valley NAACP's 53rd Annual Human Rights Banquet at the Donora Bororugh Social Hall on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
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Master of ceremonies Tim Stevens and Mon Valley NAACP President George A. Simmons are shown at the Mon Valley NAACP's 53rd Annual Human Rights Banquet at the Donora Borough Social Hall on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
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Xavier Campbell, 10, and his brother, Gus Campbell, 9, carry the banner at the Mon Valley NAACP's 53rd Annual Human Rights Banquet at the Donora Borough Social Hall on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. They were with their parents Sidney and Rhonda Campbell of Monessen.
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Judy McNeil, Mon Valley NAACP executive committee community coordination chairwoman, poses with the 2013 Outstanding African American Student award winners:Tyler Yuille of Monessen High School, Community Service Award; Corri Waters, Elizabeth Forward High School, Academic Award; Brandon Bowman, Charleroi Area High School, Athletic Award; Elishia Lippincott, Monessen High School, Performing Arts Award. They were honored during the Mon Valley NAACP's 53rd Annual Human Rights Banquet at the Donora Borough Social Hall on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
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The August Wilson Dance Ensemble performed during the Mon Valley NAACP's 53rd Annual Human Rights Banquet at the Donora Borough Social Hall on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
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The 'House of Soul' band performed during the after-event following the Mon Valley NAACP's 53rd Annual Human Rights Banquet at the Donora Borough Social Hall on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
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Sgt. Herbert Lippincott of Monessen salutes as his daughter, Elishia Lippincott, sings the National Anthem during the Mon Valley NAACP's 53rd Annual Human Rights Banquet at the Donora Borough Social Hall on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
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Katrina and Vincent Wilson of Donora sing 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' during the Mon Valley NAACP's 53rd Annual Human Rights Banquet at the Donora Borough Social Hall on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
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The Rev. Dr. F. Diane Hobson, who serves as president of Ministers Council and pastor Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in North Charleroi, gave the invocation at the Mon Valley NAACP's 53rd Annual Human Rights Banquet at the Donora Borough Social Hall on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
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Judy and Rev. William Bass of the Monessen Gate of Heaven Church attended the Mon Valley NAACP's 53rd Annual Human Rights Banquet at the Donora Borough Social Hall on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
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Pastor Robert C. Holmes of the Donora Christian Life Ministries gives Isaiah Perry of Belle Vernon a hug at the Mon Valley NAACP's 53rd Annual Human Rights Banquet at the Donora Borough Social Hall on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
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Floyd Kizzie of the Monessen Anthony Madison American Legion Post 704 salutes as Elishia Lippincott of Monessen sings the National Anthem during the Mon Valley NAACP's 53rd Annual Human Rights Banquet at the Donora Borough Social Hall on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
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Shown, from left, are the Mon Valley NAACP's 2013 Outstanding Leadership Honorees and Merit Award winner, Marla J. Redwine, David Hunter, the Rev. Karl Jackson and Rotina and Lee Johnson, who represented honoree Charel Allen. They were honored during the organizations 53rd Annual Human Rights Banquet at the Donora Borough Social Hall on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
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Donora Mayor John Lignelli gives remarks during the Mon Valley NAACP's 53rd Annual Human Rights Banquet at the Donora Borough Social Hall on Saturday, Sept. 21,2 013.
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Judy McNeil, who serves as the Mon Valley NAACP's Executive Committee Community Coordination chairwoman, and Trudy Taylor-Bristol are shown at the Mon Valley NAACP's 53rd Annual Human Rights Banquet at the Donora Borough Social Hall on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
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Ryan McNeil of Monessen sings 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' during the Mon Valley NAACP's 53rd Annual Human Rights Banquet at the Donora Borough Social Hall on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.

The Mon Valley NAACP held its annual Human Rights Banquet Sunday at the Donora Borough Social Hall.

This year's theme was “Building Leadership; Leadership is not a Title; it's an Action.”

Donora native and U.S. District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton served as guest speaker.

Tim Stevens, former president of the Pittsburgh branch of the NAACP, served as the emcee.

The 2013 honorees were: Donora native David Hunter, vice president of business development, Financial Institutions at INVEST Financial; Monessen native Charel Allen, a professional basketball player; and Monessen native Marla Redwine, program manager and systems security engineer with Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.

This year's Outstanding African American Student award winners were: Tyler Yuille of Monessen High School, Community Service Award; Corri Waters, Elizabeth Forward High School, Academic Award; Brandon Bowman, Charleroi Area High School, Athletic Award; Elishia Lippincott, Monessen High School, Performing Arts Award.

Bishop Karl Jackson accepted the Merit Award for Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.