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NAACP: Salt Lake Branch 101st Annual Life Membership & Freedom Fund Banquet
Friday, October 25, 2019
Little America Hotel

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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 25, 2019 at the Little America Hotel, 500 South Main St., Salt Lake City, Utah.

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 and Life Membership plaque will be presented during the award banquet. 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.

Leonard Zeskind

Leonard Zeskind
About Our 2019 Speaker

Leonard Zeskind is the author of Blood and Politics: The History of White Nationalism from the Margins to the Mainstream, published by Farrar Straus & Giroux in May 2009. The book received an Honorable Mention from the Society of Midland Authors in May 2010 in the “Adult Non-Fiction” category. Mr. Zeskind writes a regular column for Searchlight magazine, published in London, and has written articles and op-eds for The American Prospect, Rolling Stone, The Nation, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named him a Fellow in 1998 (one of its so-called “Genius Grants”). His awards include: the NAACP “Legacy Award” from the Olathe, Kansas branch in 2007; and the "Owen Bieber Civil Rights Award" from the United Automobile Workers Union Civil Rights Department in 1993. The Petra Foundation made him a Fellow in 1992. Mr. Zeskind has received a number of other awards, including most recently, the NAACP Kansas City, Missouri Branch “Lucile H. Bluford Special Achievement Award,” for his contribution to the community and the struggle for dignity and humanity for all persons.

Mr. Zeskind worked for the Rev. C.T. Vivian’s Center for Democratic Renewal as research director, and occasionally as a temporary executive director from 1985 to 1994. In this capacity, he then worked closely with North Carolinians against Racist and Religious Violence. He has testified before a Parliamentary Subcommittee in the United Kingdom, given public lectures at universities in London and Berlin, and worked professionally for more than four decades to curb the influence of racism, anti-Semitism and white supremacist groups in the United States. He is a life time member of the NAACP, and serves on his Kansas City branch executive committee. He has served on the board of directors of the Petra Foundation and the Kansas City Jewish Community Relations Bureau. He was a founder of the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights (IREHR) and remains now active on its board.

Prior to 1982, Zeskind worked in heavy industry as a first-class structural steel fitter, on automobile assembly lines, as a welder and other jobs.

Jacinto Peterson

Jacinto Peterson
Assistant Principal
Valley High School, Jordan School District
Albert Fritz Civil Rights Worker of the Year Award

Mr. Peterson is a former University of Utah Football Player. Currently, he is an Assistant Principal at Valley High School in Jordan School District. As an assistant principal, he has demonstrated, established and maintained an effective culturally competent, trauma sensitive learning environment. Jacinto is an educational leader known for excelling and leading in dynamic teamwork environments. Noted for creating and maintaining meaningful collaborative relationships with students, staff members, parents and other stakeholders that result in positive and measurable outcomes. Versatile communicator with extensive experience in educational, business and community settings. Recognized as a student-centered educator with a track record for empowering teachers, students, staff members and other stakeholders.

Jacinto has several significant accomplishments:  Annually, he has observed and evaluated certified and classified employees in accordance with State law and District established procedures. Utilize Jordan Performance Appraisal System and other District evaluation systems to assist certified and classified employees in providing high quality instruction and services to students. Acted as the hearing officer for Safe School Hearings to address highly volatile situations. Presided over Safe School Hearing by reviewing student violations, interpreting State and Federal law while enforcing District Policy. Appropriately placed students in educational settings based on specific academic and behavioral needs. Supervised and mentored certified and classified employees while ensuring a high level of productivity. The creation of work environments based on trust and respect have increased staff morale and productivity. Trained more than 3100 employees of the Division of Juvenile Justice System and Division of Child and Family Services in areas of cultural competency and service identification. Participants included lawyers, judges, court personnel, social workers, probation officers, public safety, correction officers’ educators, and treatment/service providers. Training provided participants with proactive skills and strategies to better serve juveniles and families who are involved in the juvenile and criminal justice system. Developed programs to address the needs of students who violated the District’s Safe and Drug Free Policy. As a member of the District Hearing Committee, advocated for students’ and parents’ due process rights.

Jacinto Peterson received his BA, BS Sociology/Criminology Certificate, M.Ed. Educational Psychology with an emphasis in School, ESL Linguistics Endorsement from the University of Utah and an Administrative Supervisory Certificate Program from Utah State University.

Mr. Peterson is known for being a relentless leader. He believes that every student deserves a chance to succeed and accomplish their dreams.

Alain Balmanno

President's Award
Alain Balmanno
Assistant Attorney General
Employment Section Director



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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