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NAACP Salt Lake Branch 97th Annual Life Membership & Freedom Fund Banquet

Speaker: Carlton T. Mayers II

Speaker: Carlton T. Mayers II


The NAACP Salt Lake Branch cordially invites you to attend and support the 97th Annual Life Membership and Freedom Fund Banquet, Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Little America Hotel, 500 South Main St., Salt Lake City, Utah. Our theme is "Our Lives Matter, Our Votes Count." The keynote speaker will be Carlton T. Mayers II, Policy Council Policing Reform, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. 
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 Devery S. Anderson, Author, Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement. 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.

About Our Speaker
Carlton T. Mayers II joined the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) as the Policy Counsel for its Policing Reform Campaign, where he will advance LDF’s efforts to effect responsible and unbiased policing by working with local communities and stakeholders. The Policing Reform campaign, which is housed in LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute, addresses the national crisis in policing by using research, public education, policy and legislative advocacy, litigation, community organizing, and communications strategies to achieve systemic reforms at the local, state, and national levels.
Mayers previously served as the Criminal Justice Program Manager for the NAACP National Headquarters where he co-authored Born Suspect, a report on racial profiling, and advanced program initiatives on issues such as sentencing reform, prisoner reentry, juvenile justice and death penalty reform. Prior to his engagement with the NAACP, Mayers was the Prisoner Reentry Mediation Program Manager, as well as a Mediator and Facilitator for AmeriCorps in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Mayers has a B.S. of Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University and a J.D. and Master's in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. He is in LDF's Washington, D.C. office.

Devery S. Anderson
Albert Fritz
Civil Rights Award Recipient

                                      About Our Award Recipient
Devery S. Anderson was born and raised in Longview, Washington. He moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1994 to attend the University of Utah, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1997. He is the editor or co-editor of four books on Mormon history, one of which will be published in 2016, and two of which won the Steven F. Christensen Award for Best Documentary in 2006 from the Mormon History Association. He spent ten years researching and writing his book on the Emmett Till case, Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement, which included over a dozen trips to the South and Chicago to interview witnesses, family members, journalists who covered the trial, as well as extensive work in archives and libraries. The book was released in August 2015 in time for the sixtieth anniversary of the Emmett Till slaying. His book has been featured on C-SPAN’s Book Talk, where he was part of a civil rights panel, and has recently spoken and signed his book in Jackson, Oxford, and Greenwood, Mississippi, as well as the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. He is an editor at Signature Books in Salt Lake City, and is the father of three children.

Jeffrey Thomas

President's Award

Jeff has been a very dedicated member of the NAACP. He serves on the NAACP Executive Committee and chairs the Environment Justice Committee which includes the proliferation of climate change. Jeff is working on the NAACP State by State guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Policies for the Branch as outlined by the NAACP National Energy Director. He co-chairs the Health Committee. Jeff has attended NAACP forums on Environment Justice, NAACP Tri-State Conferences and NAACP National Convention. He served most recently at the NAACP Tri-State Conference as the Moderator for the Energy and Health Workshop Panel. Jeff is always willing to help in anyway that he can. For these reasons and more, I am honored to present Jeff with the President’s Award.

Jeff Thomas serves on several boards throughout the community and nationally. Not only does he serve on the Executive Committee of the NAACP Salt Lake Branch, he serves as an executive board member of the Black Fire Chiefs offices committee, executive board member of the Salt Lake City exchange club and executive board member of Utah Planned Parenthood.

Jeff is the most senior Salt Lake City fire department chief officer and the first Black fire officer in the state of Utah. Jeff is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys fishing, boating, sightseeing and southern Utah. As a firefighter, Jeff has dedicated his life and career to creating an inclusive diverse fire department both locally and nationally. He has three children that have exceeded his expectations daily and a great deal of friends within the state of Utah and nationally.

James E. Yapias

President's Award

James serves on the NAACP Salt Lake Branch Executive Committee and Chairs the Education Committee. He has attended the NAACP National Daisy Bates Education Forums representing the Salt Lake Branch and NAACP Tri-State Conference of Idaho, Nevada and Utah. He has attended the NAACP Conventions and NAACP Tri-State Conferences and presented as a panelist on the Education and Law Enforcement forums. James presented at the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission and NAACP Salt Lake Branch’s Hate Crimes Round Table discussion, August 2016. For these reasons and more, I am honored to present James with the President’s Award.

James E. Yapias has extensive experience with Title I schools and has held several positions in the school system including vocational coordinator, teacher, and counselor. He has worked for Salt Lake City School District as an Assistant Principal, East high School, Assistant Principal, Northwest Middle School, Principal at M. Lynn Bennion Elementary School and currently is Principal at Bryant Middle School and Director of Poder Para La Familia Hispana. Mr. Yapias has a Masters of Education and Counseling and Bachelor’s Degree, Minor in Spanish. He also has endorsements and certificates in English as a Second Language, Administrative Supervision, and Special Education.

James has received the following awards:
•Award of Excellence for the Top Performing Title I School in Salt Lake City. This School was adopted by the NAACP Salt Lake Branch.
•Albert Fritz Civil Rights Award as Principal at M. Lynn Bennion.
•Honored Community Member at 21st Annual Utah Gang Conference for contributions to combating gangs across the state in 2010

Mr. Yapias has led M. Lynn Bennion Elementary and Bryant Middle School to becoming Top Performing schools in Salt Lake City School District. Both schools have the highest academic growth and substantial gains in academic achievement. In addition, under his previous and current leadership, he has reduced achievement gaps, increased attendance, and reduced suspensions, and office referrals by 62%. Furthermore, he has strengthened his teacher’s ability to teach and provided our teachers with quality professional development.

As an educational leader, he has been given the responsibility to transform a focus school/turnaround school that is one of the most challenging schools in the district. He has worked diligently with parents, community councils and partners, colleges, and volunteers to improve the educational opportunities at Bryant Middle School. He has demonstrated professionalism, leadership, and teamwork with the people with whom he has come in contact.

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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