Everyone agrees that the address that NAACP President and CEO Rev. Cornell William Brooks gave to approximately 200 people gathered to hear him and his views on the progress and challenges facing Americans in the future was significant. Brooks was introduced by his wife Janice in most eloquent fashion. The news is full of clashes between police and demonstrators that have risen again in several American cities, and Brooks’ remarks could be a peacemaker in these troubled times.
“It was one of the most memorable evenings of my life,” said Dr. Mark Appleton of Fairfax, a Director of Lalo, Inc. He was joined by Lalo Founders Bryane and Charles “Chips” Lickson and Advisory Board Member Vida Timbers at the event, The Freedom Banquet, held in the Grand Ball Room of the Holiday Inn in Front Royal. In fact, Vida played a major role in Rev. Brooks being in Front Royal when he could have been at President Obama’s last formal dinner. Vida and her colleagues created a premier night for everyone present.
Clergy of many denominations were present, as were politicians, public officials and law enforcement personnel. They joined the many members present from the NAACP Branch offices in Page-Warren and several other locations, along with members of the public. Lalo was also well represented by Member Artist Clive Turner, who had several works on display which was appreciated by many attendees. They also saw artwork from Member Danny Whitfield of California (one of America’s foremost automotive artists) and Lalo Advisor and art collector C.B. Staunton of Clinton, Maryland. Unfortunately, Lalo Member Artist Karen Weinberg could not attend to personally present her original alcohol ink on glass artwork with the NAACP logo to Rev. Brooks. Lalo President Chips Lickson and artist Clive Turner delivered Karen’s artwork to Brooks on behalf of all Lalo Artists and the Warren-Page County NAACP Chapter.
“As an organization, we firmly believe in the approach of the NAACP in these tough times,” said Lalo’s Bryane Lickson. She went on to point out that it is, in fact, the arts which play such a pivotal role in peaceful dialogue between peoples. “Lalo practices diversity – in its artwork, its artists, and its management because art is the common ground of communication for all people,” she added.
“Lalo has several events coming up in the next few months where we can help provide the continuation of the exchange of ideas within an artistically beautiful and safe environment in keeping with Brooks’ remarks and comments of others that evening,” said Chips.