NAACP Banquet to raise funds for local scholarships

Published 3:00 am Friday, April 20, 2018

The Pike County NAACP will hold their one and only fundraiser of the year Saturday, April 28, and President Dianna Bascomb said those funds will be going toward a good cause.

“We are raising money for our scholarship fund and offering scholarships to our local schools,” Bascomb said.

The $500 scholarships will go to one recipient from each Charles Henderson High School, Pike County High School, Goshen High School and Pike Liberal Arts School.

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Bascomb said each recipient will be presented with a certificate recognizing their reception of the scholarship and will get the actual money at their respective awards presentations at the end of the year.

The students had until March 28 to apply with the recipient from each school selected by the education chair.

“One of our purposes is to ensure that everyone is afforded equal rights to an education and part of that is funding,” Bascomb said. “Our missions is civil rights for all and that’s a gamut of things.”

The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms Saturday, April 28.

The keynote speaker is Mr. James Forman Jr., a legal scholar, professor of Law at Yale Law School, author of “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America,” and co-founder of the Maya Angelou School in Washington D.C.

Bascomb said there are a small number of tickets and sponsorship tables still available. Anyone interested in attending may visit the Pike County NAACP website at or the group’s Facebook page, or call 334-282-5049.

Bascomb encouraged citizens and elected officials to come out to the banquet and support the NAACP’s work.

“We often hear our elected officials and community members say we have to work together, need to work together,” Bascomb said. “When organizations put on events, it is an opportunity for everyone to participate and not just pay lip service. We must put into action what we say.”