Freedom Fund

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Witnessing our country and our community reeling with division, many of us are wondering – where do we go from here? We will have the opportunity to come together as a community and explore a way forward at our annual Freedom Fund event, held VIRTUALLY this year due to COVID-19.

Highlighting the evening is keynote speaker Ayesha Bell Hardaway, Assistant Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Director of the Social Justice Law Center and Co-Director of the Social Justice Institute. A graduate of the College of Wooster, Ms. Hardaway will be speaking about a possible roadmap for the future and the tools we can engage to get there.

During the event, we will also share in the joy of awarding the Lydia Thompson Community Service Award and our 2020 Person of the Year. And we will reveal some of the impressive items and packages that you can bid on in our online auction, which will be live from October 21 – October 28.


While we will miss breaking bread together in person this year, we have a stand-in idea. We have partnered with these local restaurants who have graciously agreed to donate a portion of your carry-out order total should you still want to have dinner while taking part in the virtual event. Just let them know you are ordering for the NAACP Freedom Fund when you place it.

The City Square SteakhouseSpoon Market


The annual Freedom Fund Dinner is our chapter’s biggest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds used to fund local activities as well as scholarships for local Black students seeking assistance as they continue their education at a higher learning institution. To date through the Wayne County Community Foundation, we have been able to award more than $45,000 in scholarships with the support of our neighbors and their commitment to equality. We would especially like to thank this year’s partners: