NAACP Fundraising banquet Saturday

The Dr. R.W. Jones Freedom Fund Banquet kicks off at seven this Saturday, November 2nd.

Itâ??s held at the Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza.

The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Rosemary Gray, the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at West Texas A and M University.

This is the only fundraiser for the Amarillo branch of the NAACP, which has been around 70 years.

Former Potter County Commissioner Iris Lawrence has been involved with the organization many years.

She grew up in a segregated city.

In fact, Amarillo schools remained segregated until 1968.

Her father, John D. Sanders, was the Bivins Family butler and chauffeur.

In 1960 Lawrence and a few of her friends decided to go to a movie at the Paramount Theatre on Polk.

Of course, African-Americans were not allowed to do so at that time.

Lawrence says, "We stood in line and the lady actually turned her back. She wouldnâ??t even acknowledge us. And they finally called the police. And the police came and took us all to jail."

She says the police never actually booked her or put her behind bars and her father arrived and got her out.

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