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NAACP celebrates 100 years

The Barnesville-Lamar County Branch of the NAACP will celebrate its parent organization’s 100th anniversary with a banquet Feb. 27 at the Barnesville Civic Center. The event begins at 7 p.m. Dr. Todd Shipp, assistant principal at Lamar County Comprehensive High School, will deliver the keynote address. He will be introduced by principal Dr. Derrick Austin. After Shipp’s speech, local chapter president Paul Stinson will address the gathering. Rev. Calvin Minter will provide music. Performers will include Diane Barnes, Quinton Matthews, the Bethel Baptist dancers, D’Adrianne Cheney, the Spring Hill Baptist spiritual dance team and the choir from East Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. Frerra Lyons and Barbara Minter will emcee the event. Rev. Marion Underwood Sr. will give the invocation and Dr. E.H. Harris will welcome the crowd. Opening greetings will be given by NAACP district coordinator James White, Barnesville mayor Peter Banks, county commission chairman Jay Matthews and commissioner Bennie Horton. Robert Myles will introduce guests and Rev. Jimmy Lyons will bless the meal. Daphne Burden, a student at the University of West Georgia, will deliver a special tribute. Stinson and Joseph Hudson will present various awards. Tickets are $20 per person or $30 a couple. For information or to purchase tickets or program ads, call 770-358-3914, 770-584-0556 or 770-229-8377.

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