October 10, 2011 — The Sarasota County Branch of the NAACP honored President Gordon E. “Mike” Michalson with a 2011 Freedom Award at the 26th Annual Freedom Awards Banquet in Sarasota on October 6. The Freedom Awards are presented to individuals, organizations and businesses that have significantly contributed to furthering the local and national goals of the NAACP.
This year’s event featured keynote speaker Leon Russell under the theme, “Affirming America’s Promise: Looking Back, Moving Forward, Changing the Future.” Russell is vice-chairman of the NAACP national board of directors and director of the Office of Human Rights for Pinellas County.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.
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