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SAN ANGELO – At Saturday’s, NAACP Unit 6219 Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, Assistant Treasurer, Larry Walker, had the honor of presenting this year’s guest speaker, his daughter-- Kandace M. Daffin. Walker’s daughter, is a Lt. Colonel in the United States Army and Commander of 9th Battalion, United States Military Entrance Processing Command and Dallas Military Entrance Processing Station.

Lt. Col. Daffin, stated in her introduction with February recognized as African American History month, its roots can be traced back to the 1950s with historian and author, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. 

“Today we carry on that legacy by supporting hard-working students with aspirations for higher education,” said Daffin. “Events such as these remind us of those ideas which are important and critical to the success of our future generation.”

Those ideals were appropriately expressed in the NACCP’s theme: “Steadfast, United in Diversity”

Lt. Col. Daffin commented that in preparation for her speech, she shared that theme with her children, asking them what did “Steadfast, United in Diversity” mean to them? 

“You don’t waver when challenges come your way because you have the backing of an entire race, the human race so that you push each other to new heights,” responded her 17-year-old son, Joshua. 

SMD 6 Council person, Billie DeWitt, was awarded by the NAACP Unit 6219, the Texas State Conference of NAACP Branches 2017 Torchbearer. The plaque was presented by NAACP President, Garland Freeze.

The NAACP Unit 6219 awarded Mr. Nathaniel Hankins a Certificate of Silver Life Membership Award at Saturday's Freedom Fund Banquet.

“I think about a group of people standing together, all different types of races, and ages with a bond between them, almost like a trust that makes them all one,” was 14-year-old daughter, Michayla’s response.

Lt. Col. Daffin included their responses with hers because it was important to acknowledge young people’s perspectives when it comes to issues such as inclusion, diversity and unity.” “If we look at it through the right lens, most people would realize that we are not so different at all.” “And it is actually our diversity which unites us,” said Daffin. 

The NAACP’s Freedom Fund Banquet was held February 3 at the McNease Convention Center.  

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