See you next Fall for the
2023 Freedom Fund Banquet

Join us for Arlington's biggest civil rights & social justice event of the year!

Thank you to our 2022 Platinum Sponsors!

Thank you to our 2022 Gold Sponsors!

Thank you to our 2022 Silver Sponsors!

Bradley Haywood
Heather Kelly, Esq.
James Younger, Esq.
Marjorie Tuccillo
Marvin Nells
Millisa Gary
Paul Ferguson, Clerk of the Circuit Court of
Arlington County & the City of Falls Church
Wanda Younger

Thank you to our new 2022 Silver Life Member!

Wendy Dean

Become a Silver Life Member

Become a Silver Life Member

Your $750 Life Membership supports the work of NAACP Arlington Branch and the National NAACP.

As a lifetime member, you'll make a difference each and every day in this fight and become part of a vibrant community of people who stand for justice and equality. NAACP relies on the commitment and dedication of our members to help us stand up to racial disparities that are still too prevalent in America. Life Membership is available for individuals, businesses, and organizations. $390 of your Silver Life Member cost is tax-deductible.

If you become a Silver Life Membership before Monday, December 12, 2022, your benefits also include:

- 10 guest tickets to Freedom Fund Virtual Banquet
- Silver Sponsorship of the Freedom Fund Virtual Banquet

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Zoom Link

The Zoom link will be provided by email three days prior to the event and on the day of the event.

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Contributions or gifts to this NAACP branch are not deductible as a charitable contribution for Federal Income tax purposes. However, organizations that purchase ads, sponsorships, or tickets for business purposes, may be able to deduct these expenses as a business expense.


The mission of the NAACP is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. The vision of the NAACP is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

2022 Keynote Address 7:30 pm

Karen Boykin-Towns

Karen Boykin-Towns has built a reputation as a visionary and strategic results-driver in complex business and government environments based on demonstrated success in the areas of policy, advocacy, communications, and proactive change management. Since concluding her impressive 22-year career at Pfizer Inc, she now serves as President/CEO of Encore Strategies, LLC. She was recently re-elected Vice Chair of the NAACP Board of Directors, the oldest and largest non-partisan civil rights organization in the nation established in 1909.

Karen Boykin-Towns

President/CEO of Encore Strategies & Vice Chair, NAACP Board of Directors

Join us on Zoom! - 2022 Schedule

6:45 pm

Open Zoom, Gathering

7:00 pm

Opening Video
Annual Freedom Fund Banquet Zoom Introduction
Opening Prayer
Branch President's Remarks

7:30 pm

Keynote Speaker - Karen Boykin-Towns, Vice Chair, NAACP Board of Directors

7:55 pm

Platinum Sponsor Showcase

8:00 pm

Year in Review

8:15 pm

Presentation of Scholarship Recipients

8:25 pm

Platinum Sponsor Showcase

8:30 pm

Presentation of Community Awards

8:45 pm

Closing Statement and Prayer

Karen Boykin-Towns

Karen Boykin-Towns built a reputation as a visionary and driver of strategic results. She brings demonstrated success in the areas of policy, advocacy, communications, and proactive change management to NAACP in her role as Vice Chair of the National Board of Directors.

Her goal is to apply and share her experience to make positive change. She now serves as Founder and President/CEO of Encore Strategies LLC a boutique consultancy focusing on integrating business and public affairs initiatives. A distinguished strategist, global business, and civic leader, Boykin-Towns previously contributed her expertise across government, the nonprofit sector, and Pfizer a Fortune 50 global biopharmaceutical company, while also championing civil rights and social justice issues.

At Pfizer, Boykin-Towns advanced quickly into executive management roles. She was recruited as a senior legislative analyst based on her reputation for success in state government and held key leadership roles in public affairs, government relations, global policy, and human resources. Based on her positive impact driving change across the organization, in 2008 she was selected by Pfizer's CEO to serve as its first Chief Diversity Officer. In this role, she successfully developed an integrated, global strategy resulting in internal progress and external recognition of the company's advances in diversity and inclusion as a competitive advantage. Boykin-Towns concluded her time at Pfizer as Vice President of Corporate Affairs for their $34 billion Innovative Medicines business where she served as a member of the Senior Leadership Committee which consisted of the top 200 leaders in the global organization.

Embracing her passion for policy and politics, Boykin-Towns' early career involved serving as legislative director and then chief of staff to New York State Senator David Paterson who later became the 55th Governor of New York. In this role, she led the strategy and execution of legislative efforts related to civil and human rights, community development, and environmental issues.

Boykin-Towns leverages her talent as a coalition builder and social change agent through her active participation in various organizations. Along with her work with the NAACP where she is a Diamond member, Karen serves on the boards of several organizations including American Airlines Community Council; Visiting Nurse Services; Brewster Academy, and independent director for iFIT, maker of NordicTrack. She also serves as senior advisor for FGS Global and was co-executive producer for the 53rd NAACP Image Awards show.

Boykin-Towns has been featured in Black Enterprise, Bloomberg Businessweek, Black Entertainment Television, PR Week, WWD, Ebony Magazine, Crain's, African American Career World, Network Journal, and The Cut. Savoy Magazine named her a "Top Influential Woman in Corporate America" in 2016. In 2020, she was named "Woman of the Year" by Seeds of Fortune and named by City & State as one of New York's Power Players in Politics and Government. In 2021 Karen was selected for Lafayette 148's Unordinary Women Campaign.

Karen Boykin-Towns holds an MBA degree from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College of the City University of New York (CUNY), as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. A mother of two young women, Boykin-Towns is married to former State Assemblyman Darryl Towns and lives in Brooklyn, NY, and Charlotte, NC.

2022 NAACP Arlington Branch Awards

Nominate an individual or organization for an award. 

Deadline: Thursday, December 1, 2022


Award Descriptions & 2022 Winners

Willard W. "Woody" Brittain Community Appreciation Award

(individual or group/organization)
2022 Award Winner: Avril Ussery Sisk 

The Willard W. Brittain Community Appreciation Award was renamed in 2013 to honor Mr. Willard Woodson “Woody” Brittain for his many contributions to the corporate world and the Arlington community. This award is given to an individual who lives or works in Arlington, or a group/organization that has established/maintained a business within Arlington County and, through their actions and service, has contributed many hours of their time towards the betterment of Arlington County and its residents. 

Charles P. Monroe Civil Rights Award

(individual or group/organization)
2022 Award Winner: Kellen MacBeth
The Charles P. Monroe Civil Rights Award honors the former County Board Chairman, Charles P. Monroe. He was a community activist engaged in increasing public participation in County government and politics. He was also an advocate for affordable housing and other issues affecting the financially disadvantaged. This award is granted to an individual or group/organization that has advocated for the civil rights of those living in Arlington County.

Henry L. Holmes Meritorious Service Award

(individual or group/organization)
2022 Award Winner: Reverend Dr. James E. Victor, Jr. (Pastor, Mount Olive Baptist Church)

The Henry L. Holmes Meritorious Service Award was renamed in 2012 to honor Henry L. Holmes, the first African American elected official in Arlington. Mr. Holmes served as the Commissioner of Revenue for Arlington County from 1876 to 1903, 27 years without interruption. In addition, he was the first Worshipful Master of Arlington Lodge #58. This is awarded to an individual or group/organization that has supported the Branch, the Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, and the Arlington community for more than two years.

Esther G. Cooper Civil Rights Activist of the Year Award

(individual or group/organization)
2022 Award Winner: Rev. Ashley Goff
This award is given to an individual or group/organization that is actively involved in advocating for various civil rights causes. The nominee is one who aids in the development of legislation or implementation of civil rights policies to “secure the political, educational, social, or economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons” within the Arlington County community.

NAACP Arlington Branch President's Award

(individual or group/organization)
2022 Award Winners: 
Dr. Gregory Washington (President,  George Mason University)
Dr. Sharnnia Artis (Vice President for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Chief Diversity Officer, George Mason University)
Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence (AIRE) Taskforce (George Mason University)
Toni M. Andrews (Senior Associate Director, Office of Community & Local Government Relations, George Mason University)

The NAACP Arlington Branch President’s Award is a distinguished honor given to an individual or group/organization that is “actively challenging others to embrace diversity and ensure greater opportunity for all people.” Granted at the discretion of the Branch President.