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NAACP: Salt Lake Branch 99th Annual Life Membership & Freedom Fund Banquet

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Speaker: Carlton T. Mayers II

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland

 Joan and King

Joan and King
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The NAACP Salt Lake Branch cordially invites you to attend and support the 99th Annual Life Membership and Freedom Fund Banquet, Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Little America Hotel, 500 South Main St., Salt Lake City, Utah. Our theme is "NAACP: Steadfast and Immovable." The keynote speaker is Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, Civil Rights Activist and Freedom Rider.

The evening will begin with a Reception at 6:00 p.m. and Dinner at 7:00 p.m. in the ballroom. The cost is $100.00 for non-members (includes a one-year membership) and $70.00 for NAACP members. Tables available and seats ten.

The Albert Fritz Civil Rights Worker of the Year Award will be presented to Robert "Archie" Archuleta, Retired Educator, Latino Activist, and Civil Rights Advocate. For additional information or questions, call (801) 250-5088 or email jdwnaacp@att.net. Checks can be mailed to NAACP Salt Lake Branch, PO Box 25414, Salt Lake City, UT 84125-0414.

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland
About Our Speaker

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, the recipient of the 2015 National Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Award, is a Civil Rights Legend who participated in over 50 sit-ins and demonstrations by the time she was 23 years old. She was a Freedom Rider, a participant in the Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-in, and helped plan and organize the March on Washington.

For her actions she was disowned by her family, attacked, shot at, cursed at, put on death row and hunted down by the Klan for execution. Her path has crossed with some of the biggest names in the Civil Rights Movement: Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, Robert F. Kennedy, John Lewis, Diane Nash, John Salter, Julian Bond, and Harry Belafonte, to name a few. In addition, she has met such luminaries of that period like Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Marlon Brando, Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson.

As a white southern woman her courage and fortitude in the Movement is highly regarded and recognized.

Joan has appeared in several books including “Coming of Age in Mississippi,” “Breach of Peace,” “We Shall Not Be Moved,” and the new illustrated kid’s books about her life, “She Stood for Freedom.” She has appeared on television and news programs like the “CBS Nightly News,” And her story and experiences were highlighted award-winning documentaries including “An Ordinary Hero,” PBS’s “Freedom Riders,” “Standing on My Sister’s Shoulders” and the groundbreaking film “Eyes on the Prize.”

She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in the Civil Rights Movement. Most recently she was recognized, along with other female Freedom Riders, by President Barack Obama, received Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.’s Annual Award of Honor, the Anti-Defamation League Annual Heroes Against Hate Award, and a resolution was passed by her home state of Virginia recognizing her life-long achievements and contributions.

Articles about Joan have appeared in numerous publications: USA Today, Washington Post, Ebony Magazine, Washington Times, and the Clarion-Ledger.

She is a sought after speaker having presented at major universities, charitable events, government organizations, the US Congressional Luncheon, and the United Nations.


Robert "Archie" Archuleta
Albert Fritz
Civil Rights Award Recipient

Robert "Archie" Archuleta
About Our Award Recipient

Robert “Archie” Archuleta attended Idaho State College and graduated with a BA in Social Sciences and Education. He did his post-graduate work at the University of Utah to become an education specialist. He retired from his position as administrative assistant for minority affairs in the Salt Lake City mayor’s office in 2004. A former elementary school teacher and administrator in the Salt Lake City School District, Archuleta is an activist and advocate in minority, poverty, peace, economic, civil rights, civil liberties and cultural issues. He and his wife Lois have five children—Jason Roberto, Florencia Lucienne, Keith Emiliano, Micaela Lisette, Letitia P.—and six grandchildren.

Archie Archuleta was born in Grand Junction, Colorado. During his youth he held down many types of jobs, including farm worker, dishwasher, laborer in construction and salesman.

From 1953-1987 he was an elementary school teacher for grades 4, 5 and 6 in the Salt Lake City School District. Archuleta also was an Adjunct professor of Sociology at Salt Lake Community College. After he retired and still to this day he works as a consultant, and lectures on Mexican American history, Mexican history, as well as on the topics of racism, sexism, ethnocentrism, and civil rights in general.

An icon of activism in Utah, he has been a member of many ethnic, political, advocacy, educational, peace, civil rights, civil liberties, poverty and labor groups and boards. He is currently President of the Board of the Utah Coalition of La Raza, member of the board and ex-Chair of the Salt Lake County Democratic Caucus as well as a member of the following boards: Centro Civico Mexicano, Center for Documentary Arts, Concerned Citizens Committee and Alliance for Unity.


Shawn Newell

Shawn Newell
Chairman of the First Responders Award

Shawn Newell is the vice president of business development at Industrial Supply Company. His motto is “Education is a path to success.” Employed by Industrial Supply Company for more than 20 years, Newell views his connection to customers as essential to understanding their needs. He received his Associate of Science degree in Marketing Management from Salt Lake Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Utah and a Master of Management degree from the University of Phoenix. Newell said he liked the intimacy of small class sizes at SLCC and credits marketing professor Curtis Youngman with having an impact in his life. “It is humbling to be recognized by an educational institution, knowing how when I was young, I struggled with school,” he says. “I had to learn, at a young age, that my future depended on my willingness to put forth the effort to create what I want through the educational process.”

He approaches his leadership role in sales with the same competitive spirit that drove him to succeed in football at the University of Utah. In 1984, he tried out to play with the Chicago Bears, but injuries prevented Newell from pursuing NFL dreams. Newell is the current Vice President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Salt Lake Chapter and a Program Advisory Committee member of SLCC’s Business Marketing department. He is also a certified sports conditioning specialist and certified strength coach. Newell serves as a commission member for the Governor’s Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission. He recently started a scholarship for SLCC marketing students.


Surae Chinn

Surae Chinn

Mistress of Ceremonies

Surae Chinn is the co-anchor ABC4Utah News at 4:00PM with Glenn Mills. Prior to joining the Good4Utah news team, Surae was a reporter and fill-in anchor in Washington, D.C.
Surae is an award-winning journalist. She served as the weekend evening anchor at WSET-TV in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she received an Edward R. Murrow award for her coverage and 30-minute special on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She also received an Associated Press award for best documentary.

Surae met her husband, Devon Lucie, at KCTV5, a station where they both worked in Kansas City, Missouri. She was the morning weekend anchor, and Devon was the weekend morning and evening meteorologist. They later made the move east and worked at television stations in Washington, D.C. This summer, Surae left her hometown in Northern Virginia to join husband Devon at ABC4Utah, where he now serves as Meteorologist for Good Morning Utah and ABC4Utah News Mid-day.

Surae's second hometown is Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was born and spent the first 12 years of her life before moving to the nation's capital. It's also the place where the couple got married. Surae and Devon have two young children and are excited to see their son and daughter experience and grow up in this beautiful state.

Surae graduated from Virginia Tech. She enjoys traveling, yoga, family time and exploring Utah.

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