The Waxahachie branch of NAACP will hold its 23rd annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for youth age 13 and younger and the dinner will be catered by the BBQ Pit. Each table seats eight guests and businesses are encouraged to purchase a table, place an ad in the souvenir booklet and or make a donation.

The keynote speaker for the evening will be the Rev. Jabbar B. Hurd, assistant pastor of All Nations Baptist Church in Fort Worth who will be speaking on “Fifty Years After The Little Rock Nine: Where Are We Now?”

Hurd is a 1991 graduate of Crowley High School going on to become a three time Texas State Golden Glove Champion and was ranked in the top five in the nation, missing the 1996 Olympic trials by one point.

Having made mistakes in his life that led to a prison sentence, Hurd has overcome those mistakes and now works to help others lead a positive life.

“God has turned my mess into my message, and my misery into my ministry,” Hurd said.

“We have a great program that will focus on education and one that will be of interest for everyone in the community,” said Betty Jefferson, president of the Waxahachie NAACP. “We would love to be able to pack the civic center. While we have already sold a number of advance tickets, we are still accepting reservations — so it’s not too late for those who would like to attend.”

For more information or to reserve tickets for Saturday’s banquet, call (972) 937-2077.