The NAACP Yonkers Branch Names “Making a Difference Award” Recipients

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NAACP Yonkers, NY — Reverend James Hassell, Pastor Sandra Comerie-Smith, Reverend Henry Rivera, and Father John Hamilton have been named  recipients of the “Making a Difference Award” and will be honored for their commitment to civil and human rights at the NAACP Freedom Fund Brunch on December 4, 2010 at the Riverview, One Warburton Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 Gail Baxter, president of the branch, stated:  “The religious community has a long history in joining with the NAACP over the past 100 years in the struggle to achieve civil rights for all in this nation. These awardees and their congregations have demonstrated their continued commitment to removing barriers from society that prevents equal rights and economic opportunity and doing so have made a difference not only in Yonkers but in New York State and the nation.”

Noted author, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and radio talk show host Randy Kearse will be the speaker at the event. Once deemed a menace to society by a judge who sentenced him to 15 years in 1992, he returned to society with a new perspective, a fresh focus, and strong determination to succeed. The author of the book “STREET TALK: Da Official Guide to Hip-Hop & Urban Slanguage” and “Changin' Your Game Plan! How to Use Incarceration as a Stepping Stone for SUCCESS,” provides readers with a formula to turn a negative situation into a positive opportunity. 

Cheryl Brannan, the president of Sister to Sister International Inc. will be the mistress of ceremonies. Sister-to-Sister is a network of thousands of women globally, from diverse  socio-economic backgrounds, including grass roots and professional women from all walks-of-life, whose mission is to link women of African descent globally to the resources that connect, advance and strengthen them.

Donation for the brunch is $40.00. For reservations and additional information call (914) 963-1459.

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