HAMLET — The Richmond County chapter of the NAACP handed out awards and scholarships during its 36th annual banquet held Friday at the East Hamlet Community Center.
Letrice Dockery, representing Macedonia Baptist Church in Hoffman, was presented the Mother of the Year award after raising $5,675 by selling memberships.
“It’s an honor,” said Dockery. “I’ve been a member for five years, and this is my first time running. I have a very supportive family and church, but I was totally surprised.”
Frankie Leach, from Ellerbe Grove Baptist Church in Rockingham came in second after raising $2,525 and Rona Lockhart, First Baptist Church, Hamlet, was awarded third place after raising $2,317. Chapter President Dr. Fred McQueen called this “the lifeblood of our organization.”
In addition, five students from Richmond Senior High School were recipients of the 2014 J.H. Little Scholarship. Taylor Ashe, Brianna David, Jordan T. McDonald, Lexus Thomas and Ty’Rik Thompson were given the scholarship, which awards each student with $500 to put toward his or her college tuition.
“Since 1980, 250 graduating seniors have received this scholarship,” said McQueen. “Every dime raised goes to the students. It just says somebody has faith in you and somebody believes in you. Every little bit helps.”
Also given out Friday night was the NAACP Humanitarian Award, which was presented to Marchell Adams-David due to her outstanding service to the community, said McQueen. Adams-David was not present to receive the award, as she was in Wilmington attending her daughter’s high school track meet. Doris Cox, of Hamlet and the Richmond County NAACP treasurer, accepted the award on David’s behalf.
The guest speaker was the Rev. Anthony T. Waymyers, pastor of Grace Temple Fellowship Church of Wallace, S.C., and candidate for District 53 in the state House of Representatives.
Waymyers spoke of concerns for the NAACP.
“Our society has gotten confused about the mission of NAACP and where work ought to be done,” said Waymyers. “There is a difference between being aware of racism and being a racist. This is the largest civil rights organization and the most discussed civil rights organization. We must advance ourselves and our communities.”
Waymyers recalled the Psalm about idols having eyes but not being able to see and having ears but not being able to hear.
“What is it that we don’t hear and see?” asked Waymyers. “People say there’s no need for an organization like this. We’ve got an African-American sheriff, African-American teachers in segregated schools and an African-American in the White House. We see it on TV though, there’s still some Donald Sterlings in the world.”