The West Volusia Branch of the NAACP will host the 25th annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday June 5, at New Hope Baptist Church, Deltona. The Freedom Fund and Awards Banquet theme is “Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice.”
The West Volusia Branch Youth Council will make a special presentation and the guest speaker is DeLand City Commissioner Jessica Davis. She is the first Black female commissioner in the seat’s 132-year history.
Elected during the Aug. 26 primary, Davis is a graduate of Florida A&M University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in education. She is a career coach with Henkels and McCoy Training Services, a partner with CareerSource Flagler Volusia. She works with at-risk youth on GED preparation and work readiness skills.
Davis is a member of the DeLand Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she serves as the chapter’s Economic Development Committee chair. She also is a member of the West Volusia NAACP.