NAACP plans new spring event for May 18

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By John Barnhart

    The Bedford Branch of the NAACP is sponsoring a new spring event, which members hope to hold every year.

    It’s their First Freedom Fund Fellowship and will take place in Centertown Bedford’s Farmers’ Market, located on Washington Street on Saturday, May 18 from 2-6 p.m.
    “We plan to have Gospel groups and a variety of different types of music,” said Ronnie Miller, the Bedford Branch’s president.
    “We have a little bit of everything,” added Denise Edwards, the Bedford Branch’s program coordinator.
    Edwards said they will have Gospel and “not so Gospel” music. There will be a saxophonist and the all female group Riddle on the Harp will perform. She said the idea is to have music that will appeal to a wide range of tastes.
    “It will be a day of fellowship and good music,” said Miller.
    Miller said that the event is intended to promote NAACP membership and also to serve as a fundraiser for Bedford Branch projects. Admission is free, although Miller said “We may take up a collection.” Other than that, the fundraiser portion will consist of the Bedford Branch selling hot dogs, desserts and drinks.
    “We encourage people to bring their lounge chairs,” Miller said.