The 33rd annual Freedom Fund Banquet will be sponsored by the Sunflower County Branch 5333 of the NAACP on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the J.T. Hall Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead. Admission is $50.00.
Featured speakers will be Judge Jaribu Hill, Lawyer and Executive Director for the Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights in Greenville, and Charles Victor McTeer, retired attorney of Greenville.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. L. Ray Matthews, a Gentry High School, Indianola graduate and current Associate Professor of Surgery at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.
Dr. Matthews is a full-time faculty member of Morehouse School of Medicine, Department of Surgery. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery in February, 2007. Dr. Matthews serves as a surgical critical care and trauma surgeon. Dr. Matthews received his medical degree in May, 1989 from the University of Mississippi. He completed his surgical residency training at Morehouse School of Medicine in 1997, with prior residency training from Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Western Care Reserve System in Youngstown, Ohio and the District of Columbia General Hospital in Washington, D.C.
In June, 2004, Dr. Matthews completed a two-year surgical critical care fellowship at the Mayo Clinical College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. He was a Senior Associate Consultant at Mayo Clinic from 2004-2006. Dr. Matthews is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, receiving certification in both General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.
Dr. Matthews has received the following honors and awards:
• 2010: Inside Grady Magazine, December
• 2009-2010: Dean’s Service Award, Morehouse School of Medicine
• 2009-2008: Dean’s Service Award, Morehouse School of Medicine
• 2009: Inside Grady Magazine, February
• 2009; Inside Grady Magazine, January
• 2008: Inside Grady Magazine, June