Oscar Freeman 1982 - 86

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    Mr. Freeman was the Membership Chairperson from 1980 until 1982. He took the membership from 37 members to over 400 in just two years. Mr. Freeman became President in 1983, and with assistance of many great committee members and the community at large, many goals were accomplished under his administration. The first NAACP branch office opened at Strick's Grill. We had outgrown the small facility when we moved in, but at least we had a physical location to operate from. Another door was opened in 1984 and we relocated to the present location at the corner of Barnes Road and Roswell Street.

    One of Mr. Freeman's many accomplishments included the launch of "Operation Fair Share" in 1983. In 1984 the first major Freedom Fund Banquet was held at the Waverly Hotel with more than 350 people in attendance. Also in that year, the NAACP sponsored a march, led my Reverend Hosea Williams, on Forsyth County against the Klu Klux Klan. The first "Advocacy Program", designed to train and find job placement for the citizens of Cobb County, was also established that year.

    In 1983 the Cobb branch of the NAACP was also very proud to organize its first youth chapter. Two years later, the first College Chapter of the NAACP was organized at Kennesaw State University. In
1986, the NAACP organized the Martin Luther King Support Group. The charter and responsibility of this group was to ensure that Dr. King's birthday was recognized annually. The next year, a "Youth Rally" was held to celebrate the NAACP's victory in helping to pave the way for the legalization of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a national holiday.

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