The Freedom Fund Reception & Awards Ceremony is the premier fundraising event for the Brooklyn NAACP, highlighting the local programs and initiatives of the local organization. The annual event raises funds for Brooklyn NAACP to carry out its many programs and services and to advance the cause of social justice in Brooklyn.
PURPOSE OF THE FREEDOM FUND
“We can now eat in Washington, but we must eat in Baltimore. We can now ride in Pullman cars, but we must ride anything that rolls. We are voting in Atlanta but we must vote in every county in Georgia. We have a Democratic Army in Korea, but we must have one in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
Some of us have summer homes on the beaches and in the mountains, but all of us must be able to use the swimming pools and parks in our hometowns. Some now can eat caviar in expensive restaurants, but all of us must be able to buy a hamburger or an ice cream cone whenever and wherever we want it.
Some now send their children to exclusive schools, but all must be able to send theirs to a good education in their city or state. Some of us now live in mansions and on estates, but all of us must be free to get out of ghetto slums.
As long as there is a color line, whether it be light or heavy, all of us are in this thing together, and if all will fight together we can win. In the meantime none will be fully respected”
These challenging words from the keynote address of Dr. Channing H. Tobias, 1953 – 1960 Chairman of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP, set the tone for the 44th NAACP conference which opened in the Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis Missouri on the evening of June 23rd, 1953.
In order to be wholly free, Dr. Tobais proposed that the 44th Annual Convention “initiate a ten‐year program of intensified efforts to complete the job of emancipation so that on the Centennial of the Emancipation in 1963, we can truthfully say that the job is done”. Finally, Dr. Tobias proposed that we raise $1 million per year for this purpose and that this 10‐year Campaign be called the Fighting Fund for Freedom. So began the NAACP Fighting Fund for Freedom, or as it is commonly called today, The Freedom Fund.
One June 13, 1963, Medgar W. Evers, heroic NAACP Mississippi NAACP Field Secretary was killed by an assassin’s bullet as he arrived home ten years after the fighting fund for freedom had been initiated. One month later when the NAACP Convention in Chicago, Illinois in July 1963, then NAACP Chairman Bishop Stephen Spottswood paid tribute to this gallant warrior and proclaims that the NAACP Fighting for Freedom will be continued until the job of emancipation of our people has been completed.