NAACP Pomona Valley branch fundraiser

On February 26, the NAACP Pomona Valley Branch will host its third annual Freedom Fundraiser event to “celebrate our history of resilience in a new COVID World,” a news release read. The public is invited to attend this free, virtual event which will be held via Zoom at 1 p.m.

The fundraiser will feature numerous, notable speakers including California Senator Connie M. Leyva, Claremont Mayor Jed Leano and Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval.

Serving as mistress of ceremonies will be Kim Anthony of the Urban Philanthropy Institute. Senator Leyva, of the 20th State Senate District will deliver the keynote address.

“Through her past and present political and professional experiences, Senator Leyva demonstrates commitment to strengthen community infrastructures and develop strong partnerships in the Inland Empire. She has championed and authored important legislation around public safety, labor, education, health and human services, housing environment and consumer protection,” read the news release.

Also speaking will be Pomona Poet Laureate David Judah Oliver, author and trainer Shirley A. Smith, NAACP PVB’s Myron Hester and a surprise guest “who is not to be missed.”

Registration is free but required in advance before receiving the Zoom link. For more information or to register, visit


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