2008-02-21 / Front Page

Edward DuBose will be guest speaker at banquet

Edward O. DuBose, president of the Georgia State NAACP Conference, will be the guest speaker at the annual Lincoln County NAACP Banquet set for Saturday, February 23, at 7 p.m. at the Faith Tabernacle Life Center on Faith Lane.

The theme for the evening is "Lose the Shackles."

A native of Atlanta, who now resides in Columbus, DuBose was selected to serve as president of the state conference in October of 2005. As the state NAACP leader, his philosophy is: "Greatness can only be achieved through hard work and a willing mind."

Over the years, DuBose has received numerous awards for his work as a civil rights leader. These include: the Georgia State Conference President's Award (2003, 2004, and 2005); the Kelly M. Alexander, Sr. Memorial Leadership Award (2004); the Seventh Annual Malcom X Leadership Award (2003); the Columbus NAACP Branch Leadership Award (2003); the Georgia ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) Award; and the ABWA Business Associate Award for outstanding service to the community (2004).

The oldest of 10 children, DuBose was educated in the Atlanta Public School System. After graduating from Harper High School, he joined the United States Army, where he completed 21 years of honorable service before retiring in 1998. Part of that time was spent in Germany, Korea, and Italy.

In July of 1997, while still serving in the military, the civil rights leader was nominated as the 16th president of the Columbus Branch of the NAACP. Under his guidance, the organization increased its membership by more than 50 percent in eight months and retired a five-year debt, totaling over $6,000 in just six months. He remained president of the local branch until 2005.

As president, DuBose established the first NAACP Image Award as well as the first Religious Affairs Award in Columbus; hosted the largest, most successful Freedom Fund Banquet in the branch's 28-year history, with 1,000 attendees and $80,000 in revenues; succeeded in bringing the seven-county NAACP Training Institute to Columbus in 1998; coordinated the largest protest march in the city's history, following the shooting death of Kenneth Walker; assisted in planning the first Black History Month weekend celebration in Columbus; and helped establish the only NAACP radio program in Georgia.

As a result of his proven leadership abilities, he was elected second vice president of the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP in 2001. During his four years as second vice president, he served as the state chairman of veterans' affairs (1999-2001) and as the NAACP coordinator for District 21 (1999-2002), which encompasses nine counties. He likewise served as the personal assistant to the state conference president in 2003.

Along with his job as conference president, DuBose also owns Oxygen Metal Health Counseling Services, which provides in-home counseling to at-risk youth and families throughout Georgia and Alabama.

The keynote speaker holds an associate's degree in general education, a bachelor's degree in business administration, and a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling. Moreover, he is a certified anger management specialist and is a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia.

DuBose and his wife of 22 years, Cynthia DuBose, have three daughters, Cynthia Harris, Casonya Hardaway Glover, and Kimberly DuBose.

In addition to the state conference president, the NAACP banquet will feature music and interpretive dance provided by Brandon Jenkins and Breauna Jenkins of New Tabernacle Baptist Church and Donnell Harris and Cheron Ware of Newberry Missionary Baptist Church.

Dr. Roger Williams, a deacon at White Rock Baptist Church, is set to serve as the emcee for the occasion.

Other taking part in the program include Rev. Tonita Coty, pastor of Parks Grove F.B.H. Church; Walker Norman, chairman of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners; Councilman Henry Brown, mayor pro tem of the City of Lincolnton; Lincoln County Sheriff Gerald Lawson; Rev. Larry Fryer, pastor of Mulberry C.M.E. Church; Rev. Alvin Rivers, pastor of St. Luke Baptist Church; Cathy Jones, First Baptist Church of Lincolnton; Dr. Charles J. Smith, Sr., president of the Augusta Branch of the NAACP; Kenneth Elam, president of the Lincoln County Branch of the NAACP; and Rev. Robert Crawford, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Tickets, which cost $15 each, may be purchased at the door.

The public is cordially invited to attend.

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