Local NAACP dinner focuses on past, present

As patrons fill the Sir Winston’s banquet room, Delores Lawson plays piano music amid a backdrop of Civil Rights Movement photographs for the Fulton NAACP and Youth Life Improvement Association’s senior citizens holiday dinner. In addition to background music as people entered, Lawson started off the program with “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

As patrons fill the Sir Winston’s banquet room, Delores Lawson plays piano music amid a backdrop of Civil Rights Movement photographs for the Fulton NAACP and Youth Life Improvement Association’s senior citizens holiday dinner. In addition to background music as people entered, Lawson started off the program with “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Photo by Dean Asher.

Year after year, the Fulton NAACP and Youth Life Improvement Association have celebrated Callaway County’s African American seniors.

For the 26th consecutive year, they did just that with their Senior Citizens’ annual Holiday Luncheon on Friday at Sir Winston’s in Fulton.

“We have been blessed with our seniors of the Fulton and Callaway County community,” Jack McBride, Fulton NAACP president, said. “We’re just sharing these blessings.”

More than 20 seniors from Callaway County and as far as St. Louis came together to reminisce over a fresh meal. They were also joined by Fulton Councilman Steve Moore, Mayor LeRoy Benton and Police Chief Steve Myers.

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