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The Zanesville-Muskingum County Branch of the NAACP is recognizing two of its own for the many contributions they have made in this community-in hopes of inspiring others to do so.
The 42nd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet was held Saturday night, where James McDonald was named Foot Soldier in the Sand Honoree. McDonald has been involved in a number of local organizations, including the Hallowed Hills Campground, Apostolic Ministerial Association, and the Muskingum County Community Foundation. He says his parents have been his inspiration.
"Raised us all on a little bit of money, and all 10 kids are college graduates. That pushed us. We came back to this community and tried to give back to this town that had given us so much, " says McDonald.
The local branch also chose a guest speaker to help inspire the younger generation. Gloria Wade-Dillon says she became active in the local branch at a young age.
"Got some of my greatest inspirations from some of the leaders, and it propelled me to do some of the things I still do today, " says Wade-Dillion.
Wade-Dillion's message titled, "Are You the One?" asked who's ready to take this branch to the next level. She says she wants kids to know that no matter what you're born into, the sky's the limit.