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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Lea to speak at NAACP luncheon
The Roanoke City councilman delivered the invocation during Obama’s recent trip to Roanoke
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Courtesy Photo: Elder Sherman Lea, a third term member of the Roanoke City Council, will speak at the annual Freedom Fund Luncheon at the Pigg River Community Center on Sept. 22. Above, Lea poses with Barack Obama after delivering the invocation during the President’s recent trip to Roanoke.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Franklin County Branch of the NAACP will host its annual Freedom Fund Luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 22 at noon at the Pigg River Community Center.

Elder Sherman Lea, a third-term member of Roanoke City Council and former vice mayor, will be the keynote speaker. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Virginia Union University, master's degree in urban studies from Old Dominion University and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Bethlehem Bible College and Seminary of Roanoke.

Lea is an associate minister of Garden of Prayer No. 7, and a former member of the Roanoke City School Board and T.A.P. Board of Directors. He is the founder and chairman of the Western Virginia Education Classic football game, played annually to raise funds for high school dropouts.

Lea is a recipient of the Judge William L. Hastie Award from the National Association of Blacks and the Criminal Justice Award from the Progressive Democrats of Virginia. Lea recently delivered the invocation during President Barack Obama's trip to Roanoke.

Lea and his wife are parents of two adult children and have three grandchildren.

Donations for admission are $20 per person or $100 for a table for six.

For more information, call 483-7151, 483-9469, 483-1842, 483-9635 or 901-326-8521.

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