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NAACP: Salt Lake Branch 100th Annual Life Membership & Freedom Fund Banquet

2018 NAACP, Defeat Hate Vote


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The NAACP Salt Lake Branch cordially invites you to attend and support the 100th Annual Life Membership and Freedom Fund Banquet, Friday, October 26, 2018 at the Little America Hotel, 500 South Main St., Salt Lake City, Utah. Our theme is "Defeat Hate - Vote" The keynote speaker is Bradford Berry, General Counsel NAACP National Headquarters.

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 Dr. Jackie Thompson, Retired Educator. For additional information or questions, call (801) 250-5088 or email jdwnaacp@att.net. Checks can be mailed to NAACP Salt Lake Branch, P.O. Box 25414, Salt Lake City, UT 84125-0414.

Bradford Berry

Bradford Berry
About Our Speaker

Brad Berry was selected as General Counsel of the NAACP in June 2015. He is a proud product of the public school system in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended college at The George Washington University, where he majored in Economics and was elected both to Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. He went on to attend Yale Law School, where he was named a John M. Olin Fellow in Law, Economics and Public Policy and served as President of the Yale Black Law Students Association. Following law school, Brad served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, who is a former General Counsel of the NAACP (1969-79). Brad has thus followed in the footsteps of his longtime mentor, Judge Jones.

Over the past three decades, Brad has distinguished himself in the practice of law, developing broad litigation, management, regulatory and enforcement experience in a variety of substantive areas, including civil rights. He was most recently a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of a nationally-recognized law firm, where he focused on securities-related litigation and regulatory compliance in the financial services arena. Prior to joining that firm, Brad had served as Deputy General Counsel for Litigation at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), the primary regulator of U.S. derivatives transactions (such as futures and swaps). Prior to joining the CFTC, Brad was a partner in another large, nationally-recognized, Washington, D.C. law firm, where he practiced in the litigation and communications groups. Before that, Brad had served as Deputy Chief of the Enforcement Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission under the leadership of Chairman William Kennard.

Earlier in his career, Brad served as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he assisted with oversight of the civil litigating divisions and worked on special projects involving civil and political rights. Brad also served as a Trial Attorney in the Criminal Section of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, where he prosecuted racially-motivated crimes and police brutality cases. Brad began his career with a small litigation firm in Washington, D.C. where he focused on white-collar criminal defense and general civil litigation. While there, he worked on a series of fair housing cases challenging the exclusive use of white human models in real estate advertisements appearing in Baltimore newspapers, among other civil rights matters.

Brad lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife of 20 years, Pamela Smith. They are the proud parents of three wonderful children.

Dr. Jacqueline Thompson
Albert Fritz Civil Rights Worker of the Year Award

Jacqueline Thompson is a native of Nashville, TN. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from  Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID 1978. She graduated June 1997, Master of Education Program at Weber State University. She received her Doctorate Degree in Education from Utah State University, May 2010. 

Dr. Jackie Thompson retired in 2017 from Davis School District as the Director of the Educational Equity Department.  She is married to Edward Thompson, who retired as a Contracting Supervisor from Hill Air Force Base. They have two sons and three grandchildren. Dr. Thompson taught public school for four years in Pocatello, ID and Sacramento, CA. She worked as a Race  Desegregation Specialist in the Educational Equity Section at the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) from October 1993 - June 1996. She worked in Applied Technology - School to Careers and Gender Equity from June 1996 - June  1997. Served as an Education Specialist for USOE, Educational Equity Section from June 1997 to June 2000. 

In 1984, she began her Federal career at Hill Air Force Base as a Personnel Management Specialist Intern. She worked in  the Training Office as an Employee Development Specialist from 1986-1993. From July to October 1993, Dr. Thompson worked as an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist. In 1987, she conceived and implemented the Hill AFB AfricanAmerican  Community Outreach Program. 

Dr. Thompson received numerous awards and national recognition. She was also the recipient of the 1994 Spirit of the  American Woman Award for Public Education. Dr. Thompson was past President of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). She served as Mrs. Utah 1999 and was the recipient of the Salt Lake Branch NAACP  Martin Luther King Award for the year 2000. Dr. Thompson was the recipient of the 2011 Drum Major Award for the Utah State Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission. She was honored as the 2012 Educator of the Year by  Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. 

On November 12, 2012, Governor Gary Herbert appointed Dr. Thompson to the State Multicultural Commission. She  was the recipient of the 2013, Human Rights Award from the Utah School Counselors. In January 2017, she was the recipient of the University of Utah’s Black Student Union’s Annual Legacy Award. On September 14, 2017, Dr.  Thompson was the recipient of the 2017 Humanitarian Award from the Inclusion Center in SLC, Utah. Dr. Thompson serves as a member for Studies Weekly Diversity Board. She is also a member of Weber School District - Equity,  Justice and Inclusion Committee – Advisory Council. The 2018 Utah Education Association, Charles E. Bennett - UEA  Human and Civil Rights Award was presented to Dr. Jackie Thompson.


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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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