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Annual banquet carries message: ‘When We Fight, We Win’

Before Saturday night’s 2019 NAACP Freedom Fund & Awards Banquet, keynote speaker Veronica Smith-Creer called the evening to follow “an amazing opportunity.”

The first woman and African American mayor of El Dorado, Ark., Smith-Creer said there was a good reason she crossed states to attend the event at the McMahon Centennial Ballroom at Cameron University.

“I believe someone from El Dorado had something to do with it,” she said.

That certain someone would be NAACP 2nd Branch Vice President Dr. Al J. Hall who greeted the mayor with a familial hug. Branch President the Rev. Thomas Perry smiled and addressed the special guest as “The Mayor of Arkansas.”

After introducing herself to the audience, Smith-Creer let the couple of hundred well-dressed audience know she likes to talk. She made it easy by having something worthwhile to say.

“Tonight’s theme is ‘When We Fight, We Fight To Win,’” she said. “Let’s add to that, ‘When We Fight, We Fight To Win And We Get Ready To Fight Again.”

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