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By KELLY RICHARDSON
RADCLIFF — While many were celebrating the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, others were focused on a national organization’s centennial event.
The Hardin County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People celebrated its 100th birthday Thursday evening at Peddler’s Mall in Radcliff. An array of dignitaries were on hand to congratulate the NAACP on its century of service.
Several local officials spoke at the event, and letters from legislators and the governor were read as well. A DJ added music to the celebration.
President Allan Francis gave some of the history of the NAACP before getting to the present, saying that the election of the first black president couldn’t have happened without the NAACP, and it marks a new chapter for the organization.
“A new era has clearly begun,” he said.
Radcliff Mayor Sheila Enyart said the NAACP is an organization that benefits everyone and to which everyone belongs.
“We are all of color, every single one of us,” Enyart said.
Charlene Edwards of the Radcliff Residents and Business Association and an NAACP member, said she agreed with Enyart’s speech.
“It is a good time for all of us to come together,” Edwards said.
Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton said the organization should look forward while it remembers its past 100 years.
“I want to wish them a happy and successful next 100 years,” Easton said.
Kelly Richardson can be reached at (270) 505-1747.