The Talladega County NAACP will hold its annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Oct. 13 at 5 p.m. at the Talladega Regional Family Life Center.

This banquet not only enables us to better serve our community, but also helps us reach out to our young people in this county.

Your generous contributions make it possible to, among other things, award high school graduates scholarships. The recipients come from all high schools in the county.

The NAACP continues to fight for the rights of all individuals. Our theme this year is “VOTING IS THE COST OF FREEDOM.” Our guest speaker will be the renowned Mrs. Shelia Smoot.

About Shelia Smoot

Shelia Smoot served eight years as a Jefferson County commissioner.

In public service, she has worn many hats. She was elected as the first African-American and youngest person to sit on the state’s largest county commission. She has also served as the National Association of Black County Officials president and has been elected to attend four Democratic National Conventions.  

She serves on the State Democratic Executive Committee and is vice chair for the Alabama Democratic Conference. She has had the honor of introducing two American presidents, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, during their stops in Alabama.

In journalism, Smoot served as the first news director for 98.7 KISS-FM. She is news director for Summit Media Corporation and anchors daily newscasts for 98.7 KISS-FM, WAGG AM-610 and The New FM-100.  

Smoot also was a main anchor for WBRC Fox 6 “Good Day Alabama” and “Fox 6 News at Noon.” She was known for her hard-hitting, award-winning “Six On Your Side” reports and her hard-nosed political reporting at NBC-13 as its bureau chief.  

She has also hosted “Alabama Business” with Shelia Smoot on ABC 33/40 and “The Shelia Smoot Show” on CBS-42.

She owns Networks Media Consultants Inc., which produces her radio and television projects. She has also hosted “Know Your Rights with Shelia Smoot,” syndicated in 16 Alabama radio markets. As a known consumer advocate, her motto is “Don’t Be A Sucker … Be A Consumer.”

In education, Smoot has taught journalism and coached dance at Miles College, Talladega College and Michigan State University. She has also taught for the Auburn Center for Governmental Services and is published through Auburn for her remarks at the National Press Club in Washington in the book entitled “Advancing Excellence and Public Trust In Government.”

Smoot has given her public service to many boards and served in leadership in the past on the Metropolitan Arts Council, Regional Planning Commission, Girls Inc., National Association of Black Journalists, the Michigan and Alabama Associated Press, the National Association of Black County Officials, National Association of Democratic County Officials, Alabama Association of County Officials, the Black Law Student Association and currently on the Michigan State University Black Alumni Association board of directors.        

Smoot is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Birmingham School of Law. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha and the Michigan State University alumni dance team. She attends More Than Conquerors Faith Church, where she is an elder. She is married to Ray Carter with one daughter, Mecca.  

Join us

Come out and enjoy a wonderful evening of information, good food and fun. Doing so will help us to help others.

Tickets are $30 per ticket and $240 for a table of eight. Please help us to do better than we did last year. Purchase an ad for our souvenir booklet.

For more information, call Peggy Garner at 256-362-6372, Virginia Bell at 256-375-0218 or me, the Rev. Hugh Morris, at 256-493-0525. Join the Talladega County NAACP.

-- The Rev. Hugh Morris is president of the Talladega County NAACP.