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NAACP: Salt Lake Branch 105th Annual Life Membership & Freedom Fund Banquet
Friday, October 27th, 2023
Little America Hotel
Recording of Banquet, Oct. 21, 2022

Recording of Banquet, Oct. 27, 2023
Souvenir Journal, 2023



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The NAACP Salt Lake Branch cordially invites you to attend and support the 105th Annual Life Membership and Freedom Fund Banquet, Friday, October 27th, 2023, 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 (business attire). The cost is $125.00 for non-members (includes a one-year membership) and $95.00 for NAACP members. Tables available and seats eight.

The Albert Fritz, President's, and Life Membership Awards will be presented during the 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, or pay online by clicking here.

Mary Burbank

Mary D. Burbank
About Our Speaker

Mary D. Burbank is a Career Line Professor in the College of Education. She has served as the Director of the Urban Institute for Teacher Education since 2009 and is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Teacher Education, Engagement (Partnerships), and Professional Development. Mary began her career in education as a special education teacher at Bryant Middle School in the Salt Lake City School District. She also taught in Durham, North Carolina before pursuing graduate studies at Washington State University. She has been a faculty member at the University of Utah since 1994.

Dr.William A Smith Ph.D

Albert Fritz Civil Rights Award
William A. Smith, Ph.D

William A. Smith, Ph.D., recognized nationally for his research on racial battle fatigue, was appointed Chief Executive Administrator for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) at Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) at the University of Utah, June 2022.

"Dr. Smith has been instrumental in deepening our country’s understanding of the mental health toll of racism.

Dr. Smith, a professor in the Department of Education, Culture, and Society in the College of Education, is one of University of Utah’s most influential scholars. He has written extensively about micro-aggressions experienced by Black faculty and students and coined the term "racial battle fatigue" in 2003.

George Severson

President's Award
George Severson

George Severson is an award-winning journalist, television producer and media manager. He is the Creative Services Director for ABC4/CW30 in Salt Lake City. George is the creator of Utah’s premiere lifestyle talk show,Good Things Utah – now in it’s 22nd season on ABC4. Community engagement is in his blood - proudly serving on the boards of a variety of organizations, including NAACP Salt Lake Branch, Aging and Living With Pride, Society of Professional Journalists, Camp K, American Cancer Society Utah, and Salt Lake Acting Company. George lives in Midvale with his husband Brian and their three fur-babies


Surae Chinn

Surae Chinn
Mistress of Ceremonies

Creative and useful DIYs, brilliant cooking hacks, and unique recipes, plus the trendiest topics at the table… Surae Chinn brings it all five days a week as a full-time host of ‘Good Things Utah.’ ABC4’s live, two-hour, daily lifestyle show is where Surae shares the above along with important, worldly issues, giving a diverse voice and perspective to the community.

Surae joined ‘Good Things Utah’ in June of 2019 after transitioning from the 4:00 pm ABC4 News Anchor position, which she began on August 1, 2016. Surae shared her dedication to health and medicine as ABC4’s Health and Medical Correspondent from 2016-2021, leaving a lasting impression and reminder to always ‘be your own advocate.’

This award-winning journalist came to us here in Utah from WUSA9 (CBS) in Washington, D.C., where she served as the fill-in anchor and reporter. Prior to that, Surae worked in Kansas City, Missouri as the weekend morning anchor. She was also the weekend anchor in Lynchburg, Virginia at WSET-TV (ABC), where she received an Edward R. Murrow award for her coverage and 30-minute special on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and an Associated Press award for ‘Best Documentary.’

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