MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will host its 33rd anniversary celebration on Sunday, April 30, at 5 p.m. at the Mother Easter Baptist Church E.H. Hopkins Fellowship Hall.

The honoree for this special celebration is past president, city councilwoman and community activist Betty Haggins.

Haggins is a life-long resident of Colquitt County. She is a retired federal employee of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, where she was a program specialist. She serves on the board of directors for Colquitt County Habitat for Humanity, Colquitt County Chapter of American Red Cross and Colquitt County United Way. Among her many affiliations are Queen Ester Chapter No. 67 Order of Eastern Star, Rochelle Baptist Church, Women’s Auxiliary Church Association, BTU Congress and Sunday School Union. She is now serving her second term as city councilwoman for the City of Moultrie.

The Colquitt County Branch of the NAACP was chartered during the summer of 1973. Meetings were held each month at a different church. Past presidents of this organization are Doris S. George, Harold Lawson, Minnie Mapp, Betty Haggins, Eddie Warren and Isabell Brooks.

The real story of this organization lies in the hearts and minds of the people who would not stand still while the rights of some of America’s darker citizens were denied, a press release from the NAACP said.

“From the ballot box to the classroom, the dedicated workers, organizers, and leaders who forged this great organization and maintain its status as a champion of social justice, fought long and hard to ensure that the voices of African Americans would be heard,” the press release said. “The legacy of those pioneers such as W.E.B. DuBois, Thurgood Marshall and Roy Wilkins and the hundreds of thousands of nameless faces who worked tirelessly cannot and must not be forgotten.”

The public is invited to this celebration. For additional information, please call Isabell Brooks at 985-7466 or Barbara Jelks at 890-3245 or 589-2457.

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