Out & About: NAACP human rights banquet calls for justice, equality
“Moving Forward Together for Justice and Equality” was the theme of the annual Greensburg-Jeannette NAACP Human Rights Banquet, held April 6 in the Greensburg Country Club.
“We are living in a time that challenges all of us,” branch President Ruth Tolbert said in program remarks, adding that local NAACP branch members are “steadfast in our resolve and immovable from our objective” of standing for political, educational, social and economic equality for all, along with the elimination of racial discrimination and hatred.
The annual event recognizes people from different stages of life and spheres of influence who uphold those ideals.
This year’s honorees: Community Service Award, Sister Lois Sculco of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill; Branch Merit Award, Ruth Woods; College Graduate Award, N’Dia Smith, a recent graduate of Howard University; Women in NAACP Scholarship Award, Delilah Henry, a Hempfield Area High School senior; and NAACP Youth Council Special Recognition, Zen Scott-Mighty, a Greensburg-Salem High School sophomore, and Olivia Meadows, a Greater Latrobe Junior High eighth-grader.
Speaker was Terrell Thomas, a senior field organizer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania’s Smart Justice Campaign in Allegheny County.
The Rev. Roy Aiken provided invocation and benediction, while Gabrielle Skillings served as emcee. Denise Holmes co-chaired the event with Tolbert.
Seen: Adrienne Russell, Jerry and Norma Skillings, Jim Galik and Jean Slusser, Terri Bundridge, Carlotta Paige, Althea Wright, Marilyn Fox Lewis, Ron and Carlene Williams, Ernest and Evelyn Horton, Troy Ross, Sheila Confer, Ann Emmerling, Tracy Scott-Mighty, Diane Meadows, Barbara Ferrier, Laneka Hainesworth, Imogene Cathey and Debra Mason.
Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .