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Friday evening, more than 350 guests attended the Albemarle-Charlottesville branch of the NAACP’s 2019 Freedom Fund Banquet at the DoubleTree Hotel Charlottesville. The event is the chapter’s largest fundraiser, according to an event organizer.

Dr. Marcus L. Martin, professor emeritus and retired emergency medicine vice president and chief officer for diversity at the University of Virginia, served as the keynote speaker.

Part of the banquet’s program also included honoring members of the “Hidden Nurses.” The nurses are graduates of the all-Black Burley High School’s licensed practical nursing program who worked at UVa Medical Center.

 

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    Elliott Harding (left), Virginia State Senate - 25 District candidate, greeted Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker (middle) and Charlottesville City Councilor Wes Bellamy (right).

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    Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall M. Brackney was among attendees at this year's banquet.

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    Retired biologist William Hamersky chats with Pam Cipriano, Dean of Nursing at the University of Virginia.

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    Amy (left) and Clement Ogbomo (right) and Joan Walker met before the Albemarle Charlottesville's NAACP banquet.

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    More than 350 guests attended this year's banquet: (from left to right) Charlottesville School Board member Sherry Kraft, Albemarle County Public Schools assistant superintendent for school community empowerment Bernard Hairston, Charlottesville City Councilor Wes Bellamy and Charlottesville School Board Chair Jennifer McKeever.

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    Charlottesville Twelve member Charles Alexander spoke at this year's banquet.

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    Bellamy Brown, candidate for Charlottesville's City Council (left), and Ronnie Roberts, Albemarle Sheriff candidate, attended this year's banquet.

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    Dr. Cameron Webb, assistant professor of medicine and a director of health policy and equity at the University of Virginia, attended Charlottesville-Albemarle's chapter of the NAACP banquet. Webb is running for U.S. Fifth Congressional District.

    Credit: Billy Jean Louis/ Charlottesville Tomorrow

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    Janette Martin is president of the Albemarle-Charlottesville branch of the NAACP.

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    Dr. Marcus L. Martin, professor emeritus and retired emergency medicine vice president and chief officer for diversity at the University of Virginia, served as the keynote speaker.

    Credit: Billy Jean Louis/Charlottesville Tomorrow

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    Part of the banquet's program included honoring members of the "Hidden Nurses." The nurses are graduates of the all-Black Burley High School's licensed practical nursing program who worked at UVa Medical Center.

    Credit: Billy Jean Louis/Charlottesville Tomorrow