The Talladega County NAACP will host its first Willie A. Farrior Scholarship Banquet Oct. 11 at the Regional Family Life Center on Battle Street. Tickets are $30.

Talladega County Branch President Hugh Morris explained, “We are forming a scholarship program in his name. We want this recognition to be more than just a plaque or a proclamation, (to be) remembered for years to come. Mr. Farrior helped a lot of people, and with this banquet, he can continue” to help.

Farrior was the first black blind person to be hired by the Alabama Industries for the Blind, and was the first black person to be recognized as Blind Worker of the Year in 1973. The following year, he was promoted to training instructor, and became the first black assistant supervisor in 1979. By 1981, he was promoted to training instructor.

“Mr. Farrior was instrumental in bringing sick leave and annual leave days to AIDB, as well as teacher retirement for support workers throughout the state of Alabama,” Morris said. “(He) was the oldest and most dedicated member of the Talladega County NAACP. He was a humble and dedicated deacon at Ebenezer Baptist Church. He was (also) a dedicated father. Farrior Drive on AIDB campus was dedicated in 2002.”

Farrior passed away earlier this year at the age of 91.

“Mr. Farrior loved helping and promoting young people, and this scholarship banquet will do just that,” Morris added.

Tickets are available now through Morris or other members of the Talladega County NAACP.

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