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Freedom Fund Dinner scheduled for Nov. 5

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Clayola Brown
TERRE HAUTE -- Clayola Brown, national president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute in Washington, D.C., will be the featured speaker for the annual Freedom Fund Dinner Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Holiday Inn.

The dinner is hosted by the NAACP Terre Haute Branch as a fundraising opportunity for its numerous programs and initiatives.

Brown is the first woman to head the Randolph Institute, which is an organization of African American trade unionists that addresses racial equality and economic justice.

She has a lifelong commitment to labor activism, beginning in her hometown of Charleston, S.C.

She campaigned alongside her mother to organize the Manhattan Shirt Factory.

She eventually became education director for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union.

She also was appointed Civil Rights director and served as Manager for the Laundry Division affiliate for more than 13 years.

In 1995, Brown was elected to the AFL-CIO executive council, where she served 10 years.

She has served on numerous boards and committees such as Health Care for All, the national board of the NAACP, member of the board of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the United Nations Advisory Council, the Louis and Irene Simon Scholarship Fund, executive committee for the Workers Defense League, the Board of Governors for the United Way of the Tri-State, board of directors of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference/Women, Inc., and the Sidney Hillman Foundation.

Brown is a graduate of Florida A&M University. She has done post-graduate work at American University in Washington, D.C., Queens College and New York University.

She is a lecturer at Cornell University. She also consults with Trinity College in Washington, D.C., on African American affairs.

Tickets for the dinner and program are $65 per person, or $500 for a table of eight.

Tickets may be purchased by mail at Terre Haute NAACP, PO Box 10538, Terre Haute, Ind., 47801.

Checks should be made payable to Terre Haute NAACP.

The deadline for registration is Oct. 29.

For more information, contact Theressa Bynum at ATBynum@hotmail.com, or at 812-250-8851.

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