JONESBORO The Clayton County NAACP Chapter recognized several elected, community and business leaders during its annual Freedom Fund Gala Friday.
The NAACP gave its Presidents' Award to outgoing Clayton County commission Vice-Chairman Wole Ralph, according to a statement from the group.
Businesses which received Corporations Awards from the chapter included Coca Cola, GAPAC, Georgia Power, Clayton County Water Authority, Clayton County Housing Authority and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.
Additionally, the Clayton County NAACP chapter represented awards to its Freedom Fund Honorary Chairpersons, which included New Vision Christian Church Pastor Luke Hall, Clayton State University Health Clinic Dr. Debora T. Honeycutt and Former Clayton County NAACP chapter President Benjamin Marsh.
The chapter also gave out several other awards for service in the areas of education, religion, business, politics, NAACP membership, youth programs and chapter interns.
The winners of those awards were:
• Education — Clayton County Board of Education member Jesse Goree
• Religion — New Vision Christian Church Pastor Luke Hall
• Youth — Clayton County NAACP intern Kenesha Barksdale
• Membership — Beverly Berkeley, Christine Beverly Watkins and Karol Osbourne
• Politics — State Rep. Sandra Scott (D-Rex)
• Business Award — Anthony Watkins, Jewel Scott
• Intern — Charlene Summers, Salena Miller, Teiraney Brown and Kenesha Barksdale
Several NAACP members received Chairpersons Awards for serving on the chapter’s standing committees. Those winners include:
• ACT-SO Committee — Tonya Clarke
• Membership Committee — Sharon Kellam
• Political Action Committee — David Dobson
• Education Committee — Karolen Mazyck.