My name is Linda F. Hoskins and I
am the President of the Madison
Branch of the NAACP. Our Vice-President is
Shelia Stubbs. The Secretary is Sandy Mines. Our Assistant
Secretary is Nancy Taylor. Our Treasure is Pastori Balele. Members
At-Large are Frank Humphrey Esq., Ida Thomas, Addrena Squires,
Sadie Pearson, and
We have new leadership. We
have old faces and new faces working together on Social Justice and
Civil Right Issues. We are about teamwork because together everyone
achieves more. Teamwork focuses on the course of social justice and
civil right issues and taking the course to the highest level.
Teamwork makes everyone aware of all the problems and finding ways
and means to solve the problem. As a team we can build bridges that
will be used and last for ever as long as we remember and motivate
ourselves that "We, the team got the job done and built the
bridge that solve problems."
President of Madison Branch NAACP
Madison Branch Annual Freedom Fund Banquet
||The NAACP Madison Branch Annual
Freedom Fund Banquet to be held on Friday, October 1, 2010, at
7 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel in Middleton, WI.
This year we celebrate 101
years and our theme is "One Nation, One Dream!" We
are paying homage to the 60 distinguished pioneers who signed
the Lincoln Day Call, which led to the founding of the
association on February 12, 1909
Our Honorary Keynote Speaker is
Dennis "Bose" Biddle. He is a retired social worker and
former Negro League Baseball player. Mr. Biddle was born on June 24,
1935 in Magnolia, Arkansas.
Biddle's career in baseball began in
1953 when he was seventeen years old. He was playing in the state
championship in Arkansas for the National Farmers' Association. A
scout and booking agent for the Negro League Chicago American Giants
saw him pitch a no-hitter in the championship and asked him if he
would like to try out with the Chicago American Giants. Biddle
played for the Chicago American Giants in 1953 and 1954. Because he
was only seventeen years old when he played, Biddle was entered into
the Congressional Record as the youngest person to play in the Negro
baseball leagues. In 1955, the Chicago Cubs were interested in
purchasing his contract from the Chicago American Giants.
Unfortunately, on the first day of spring training, Biddle jammed
his leg and broke his ankle in two places while sliding into third
base. The injury never fully healed and Biddle's baseball career
At the age of twenty-two, Biddle went
back to school in 1958. He received his B.A. degree in social work
from the University of Wisconsin. Biddle worked for the next
twenty-four years with the State of Wisconsin as a social worker in
the corrections system. After retiring from the corrections system,
he began working for a social service agency called C.Y.D. - Career
Youth Development. In this capacity, he continues to work with the
same type of youth he worked with when he was a social worker.
In 1996, Biddle founded the
organization, Yesterday's Negro League Baseball Players LLC to
support the surviving members of the Negro League baseball teams and
defend their economic interests.
Your sponsorship will be used to
assist our youth educational program, such as High School Drop-out,
Closing the Achievement Gap on Educational Disparities, Stop the
Violence, Killing, Suicides, and Alcohol/Drugs. In addition, your
sponsorship will continue to assist many families in the arenas of
health, education, and criminal justice. It will continue to help
identify civil rights and social justice issues. Finally, your
sponsorship will continue to assist with the reduction of
disparities as it pertains to people of color. All quality
non-profit organizations need financial assistance to help achieve
their goals. The Freedom Fund Dinner is our major fundraiser of the
year. Your support is critical in assisting the local branch to
provide services to the poor, underserved, the underprivileged, the
hopeless the neglected, the people who have been discriminated and
the underrepresented and the people who have been denied equal
access to the "American Dream". Our journey remains
unfinished. We must fight for equal opportunity.
The conditions in our city have
surpassed our resources to serve beyond our Civil Rights Agenda. We
must continue to serve the people of this city, county and
surrounding areas. We must be able to direct the people to the
resources that they need as we continue to protect their Civil
Rights and Social Justice.
We have developed talents for our
young people by exposing them to cultural activities and travel. We
have been able to motivate, empower and lead.
We have partnered with businesses and
corporations in promoting diversity in the workplace encouraging
citizens to support our local businesses as well as our city. In our
political area we were very successful in mobilizing our "Get
Out to Vote" Campaign through our Education Voter Registration
and Participation Projects". Our Health Luncheon was extremely
successful in addressing our theme, "Reducing Disparities in
Our branch efforts are to build
stronger communities, youth programs, support enforcement of civil
rights, laws and improve the quality of life for all of Greater
The National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People is the nation's oldest and most
recognized civil rights organization in the world. It was formed in
1909, to promote freedom, justice and equality for all Americans
regardless of race or national origin. It should be noted that the
NAACP is 101 year's old this year.
As always, we look forward to you
joining us at the NAACP 2010 Freedom Fund Banquet.
All remittances must be made payable
to NAACP Madison Branch and sent to NAACP Madison Branch, P.O. Box
45, Madison, WI 53701.
Thank you for supporting the NAACP's
critical work. We look forward to seeing you at our banquet.
Linda F. Hoskins, President Shelia
Stubbs, Chairperson 2010 NAACP Madison Branch NAACP Freedom Fund