ANDERSON — The NAACP's annual B. Harry Beckham Freedom Fund Awards banquet will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at Anderson Country Club.
The guest speaker will be Leon W. Russell, vice chairman of the NAACP's national board of directors. Tickets, priced at $40, $75 and $100, will be available at the door.
The Beckham Award was established by the Anderson Madison County branch of the NAACP to honor the accomplishments and long-term dedication of Beckham to the City of Anderson and the NAACP. The award is presented annually to citizens in recognition of characteristics Beckham held in high regard.
Award recipients will be announced at Saturday's dinner.
Beckham was the first African-American real estate broker in Anderson during the turbulence and racial unrest of the early 1960s. He lived in Anderson for 47 years until his death in 1966 at the age of 73.
Russell retired in 2012 after serving as the director of the office of Human Rights for Pinellas County, Fla. He was responsible for implementing the county’s Affirmative Action and human rights ordinances.
In 2007, Russell was elected president of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies.
Russell also was president of the Florida state conference of branches of the NAACP from 1996 until 2000, after serving for 15 years as the first vice president. He has been a member of the national board of directors of the NAACP since 1990.
— The Herald Bulletin
Event details What: B. Harry Beckham Freedom Fund Awards dinner When: 6 p.m. Saturday Where: Anderson Country Club Cost: Tickets, $40, $75 and $100 available at the door.