EASTON — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Maryland branch will present its annual Family and Friends Summer Festival on the Shore on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Hosted by the Talbot County NAACP branch, members will engage in an annual Maryland State Conference prior to the festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

While the meeting has taken place on the Eastern and western shores of Maryland in the past, Talbot County NAACP executive committee member Otis Sampson helped secure Easton as this year’s location.

The event “creates an opportunity for membership on the Eastern Shore,” Sampson said. “The idea was to bring all of the branches together to collaborate and build fellowship.

“I think it should be a pretty good event. It was in the past.”

Sampson said he is looking forward to having the event on the Eastern Shore in future years, as well.

The festival will take place at the Talbot Agriculture and Education Center from 1:30 to 5 p.m. It is free, open to the public and will feature performances, games, line dancing and more.

Attendees are asked to bring a book bag to donate to a youth.

The event will offer a membership table for those seeking to join the NAACP, as well as a voter registration table.

Michelle Hammond will be on scene to lend expertise about stress management and mental health.

The Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Kappa Theta Omega chapter, also will be at the festival giving away school supplies.

Ashyrra Dotson, Easton Shore Wellness Solutions president/CEO, will offer blood pressure testing and diabetes screening.

Members of the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office DARE program will be at the event, as well as K-9s trained in drug detection.

Founded Feb. 12, 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, campaigning for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization.

The NAACP’s principal objective is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of the United States and eliminate race prejudice. The NAACP seeks to remove all barriers of racial discrimination through the democratic processes.

There are 24 NAACP branches in Maryland. For more information, visit www.naacpmd.com.

Those interested in attending the festival should RVSP to Maryland State Conference Secretary Betty Johnson as soon as possible at 443-350-2222 or by email at sidekick_21921@yahoo.com.

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