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NAACP branch leader honored
Liberty County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President the Rev. Liston Singletary III holds his Medgar Evers Civil Rights Leadership Award. - photo by Photo provided / Coastal Courier
The Liberty County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's president, the Rev. Liston Singletary III, received a national award at the recent 56th annual Southeast Region NAACP Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute.
Singletary was one of four individuals to receive the celebrated Medgar Evers Civil Rights Leadership Award, which honors NAACP branch presidents "who exemplify sound leadership and vision," within the national organization's seven-state Southeast Region.
"I am humbled to be one of four to receive this prestigious award from the Southeast Region NAACP," he said. "The recipients must have a sound civic engagement program that informs the community about their civil rights, promotes voter empowerment, provides a venue to involve the community in the political process by way of town hall forums, political forums or workshops...and the Liberty County NAACP not only did this but (we) surpassed the expectations."
Remarking on the "degree of courage and commitment" each winner must have to fighting injustice, even when it means taking a lonely and unpopular stance, Singletary said he could not carry out his efforts without support from a higher power, the community and his family.
"It is with great humility that I receive this award on behalf of those with whom I labor and those of whom I serve. God gave me this assignment and I shall perform it with due diligence until He calls me up higher things," Singletary said. "I thank God for His favor and confidence in me, my wife and family for their steadfast support and understanding and the community that allows me to serve them."
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