NAACP banquet celebrates those who fight for civil rights

By Rene Turner
Special to The Mexia News
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday was celebrated recently by the Limestone County NAACP in Groesbeck with a Freedom Fund Banquet.
This was an occasion that was well attended and was an enjoyable event. People from all over the county attended. Richard Duncan, mayor of Mexia was in attendance, as well as Ray O’Doughtery, mayor of Groesbeck. Each mayor gave a welcome to the audience.
This was a time for people to come together and celebrate the legacy of King as well celebrate the NAACP as it continues to be essential to the betterment of our society today. The NAACP is the oldest organization fighting for civil rights and justice for all people. We continue to be visible and crucial to changes we deserve as Americans.
The highlight of the hour was the speaker, Gerry Ravnell, a Mexiaite. His parents are Ella Ravnell-Busby and the late Melvin Ravnell. Gerry attended Mexia public schools and was active in various extracurricular activities. He was the first black band captain and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class. He graduated from the University of North Texas. While there he was one of only 40 students selected to represent the university. He served as an officer for several organizations while attending the university.
Upon graduation Gerry secured employment with Armstrong Industries in Lancaster, PA. Gerry made it his mission to help elevate other qualified blacks and to afford them opportunities for hire and career progression, although he was a committed equal opportunity employer for all people and genders. He values diversity and understands the benefits of difference!
Gerry is a Christian who has never let life over shadow his religious convictions. He currently attends Sweet Home Baptist Church, where he is the minister of music. He has twin daughters and is the proud grandfather of two grandchildren.

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