Special to the Tribune-Star
TERRE HAUTE —
The Greater Terre Haute Branch of the NAACP is preparing for its annual awards banquet, at which Hilary O. Shelton, NAACP Washington Bureau director and senior vice president for advocacy and policy, will deliver the keynote address.
“VOTING MATTERS Overcome Violence” is the theme of the 2013 Freedom Fund Awards Banquet and Reception, which is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn of Terre Haute.
Seats are still available for the awards banquet, according to a news release, but reservations must be made in advance by the end of today. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Shelton is responsible for advocating to the U.S. government the federal public policy issue agenda of the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely recognized civil rights organization.
The Washington bureau is the federal legislative and national public policy division of the NAACP, an organization with more than 500,000 members and 2,200 membership units.
Shelton’s government affairs portfolio includes crucial issues such as affirmative action, equal employment protection, access to quality education, stopping gun violence, ending racial profiling, abolitiing the death penalty, access to comprehensive health care, voting rights protection, federal sentencing reform, and a host of civil rights enforcement, expansion and protection issues.
“This is certainly an excellent time to hear the perspectives of such an experienced civil rights advocate as Hilary Shelton,” said Theressa Bynum, Freedom Fund committee chair. “He spends time talking with our elected officials regularly, no matter which side of the aisle they are on, to make certain that they know and understand our position on issues.”
Before his current position, Shelton worked with The College Fund/UNCF (also known as The United Negro College Fund) in Washington, D.C., and with the 8.5 million-member United Methodist Churches’ social justice advocacy agency, The General Board of Church & Society. He serves on a number of national boards of directors, including The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, The Center for Democratic Renewal, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute.
Shelton has won the National NAACP Medgar W. Evers Award for Excellence, the highest honor bestowed upon a national professional staff member of the NAACP; the Religious Action Center’s Civil Rights Leadership Award in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; and the Congressional Black Caucus’ Chairman’s Award.
Born in St. Louis to a family of six brothers and sisters, Shelton presently lives in Washington with his wife, Paula Young Shelton, and their three sons.
He holds degrees in political science, communications and legal studies from Howard University, the University of Missouri in St. Louis and Northeastern University.
Tickets are $65 per person, or $500 for a table of eight, for the reception, dinner and program.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Terre Haute NAACP at 812-250-8851. Checks should be made payable to Terre Haute NAACP.
For more information contact Bynum at atbynum@
hotmail.com or 812-250-8851.
First Financial Corp. of Terre Haute is the primary sponsor for the program.