On September 26, 2014, the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP hosted the 2014 “Freedom Fund Dinner” event. This year’s dinner was also a celebration of the branch’s 90th anniversary and had the theme: “Reform, Restore, Refocus: All In For Justice and Equality.” Personal injury law firm Hupy and Abraham, S.C. was a table sponsor for the event.  Employees and guests of the firm attended the dinner.

Eric Von, known for his successful career as host of one of Milwaukee’s most popular radio shows for over 25 years, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the dinner. Von also founded Brain Brawn & Body, an organization that focuses on the health of African-American men and their families.

Freedom Fun Dinner event attendees
Friends and employees of Hupy and Abraham, S.C. attend the NAACP 2014 Freedom Fund Dinner.

Milwaukee Branch President James Hall Jr. gave a warm welcome to the attendees and announced that he was not running for re-election after his current term concludes. Hall summarized the work that the NAACP Milwaukee Branch had accomplished over the past year and spoke about the urgency in getting the community involved with important issues that affect the city, state and country.

Dr. Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” was the keynote speaker. Her speech focused on the subject of her book, and gave an analysis of the United States’ criminal justice system. Her speech tied in with the night’s theme, but also created a new component -- the idea of showing care, compassion and concern to the people in society that are often forgotten.

For 90 years, the NAACP of Milwaukee’s dedication to residents has been outstanding. The organization has provided dozens of significant actions and events for the community each year. Hupy and Abraham, S.C. has worked with the NAACP of Milwaukee for many years and has given over $100,000 to the NAACP for scholarship purposes.  In the past, Hupy and Abraham has received the NAACP of Milwaukee’s “Martin Luther King Jr. Award” for its commitment to civil rights.

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