Brief: Sanchez To Address Local NACCP Banquet

Brief: Sanchez To Address Local NACCP Banquet

— The Alexandria, Virginia Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is hosting its 79th Annual Membership and Awards Banquet, themed "Your Power, Your Decision - Vote", on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Holiday Inn & Suites Alexandria - Historic District, 625 First Street, Alexandria. Reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by banquet dinner and live entertainment at 7 p.m.

The guest speaker is Sonia Sanchez — poet, activist, and scholar. Sanchez was the Laura Carnell Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Temple University. She is the recipient of both the Robert Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime service to American poetry and the Langston Hughes Poetry Award. Sanchez is the author of 16 books.

Her other awards include:

  • 1984, Lucretia Mott Award

  • 1985, Outstanding Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women

  • 1985, Community Service Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators

  • 1985, American Book Award for Homegirls and Handgrenades

  • 1988, Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Humanities

  • 1989, Peace and Freedom Award from Women International League for Peace and Freedom (W.I.L.P.F.)

  • 1992–1993, PEW Fellowship in the Arts

  • 1999, recipient of Langston Hughes Poetry Award.

Tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased online at or by mail at 253 S. Pickett St, #301, Alexandria, VA 22304.