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Banquet sets theme of preparing for tomorrow

Pledging to prepare the community for tomorrow, the Halifax County NAACP will host its Freedom Fund Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at The Prizery located at 700 Bruce St. in South Boston. 


The NAACP’s National theme for 2013 is “We Shall Not Be Moved.”  The local NAACP’s sub-theme is “Our Pledge to Prepare Community for Tomorrow,” and the keynote speaker will be Dr. Rodney S. Sadler Jr. 

Sadler is a graduate of Howard University (1989, B.S. Psychology/Philosophy), Howard University School of Divinity (1992, M.Div.), and Duke University (2001, Ph.D. Hebrew Bible and Biblical Archaeology), and he has also studied at Hebrew University (1990).  

An ordained Baptist minister, he is former assistant project director with the Leadership Development Programs of the Congress of National Black Churches, the former director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke University Divinity School, and he is currently associate professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Charlotte Campus.  

He is the managing editor of the African American Devotional Bible, associate editor of the Africana Bible and the author of “Can a Cushite Change His Skin (An Examination of Race, Ethnicity and Othering in the Hebrew Bible).”  

He has published articles in Interpretation, Ex Audito, Christian Century, the Criswell Theological Review and the Journal of the Society of Biblical Literature and has essays and entries in “True to Our Native Land,” the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, the Westminster Dictionary of Church History, “Light against Darkness” and several other publications.  

Among his research interests are the intersection of race and scripture, the impact of images of Jesus for the perpetuation of racial thought in America, the development of African American biblical interpretation in slave narratives and the intersection of religion and politics. 

Sadler resides in Charlotte, N.C., with his wife, Dr. Madeline McClenney-Sadler, president of the, and his daughter, Ariyah Sadler. He has been a resident of Charlotte since 2002.

Sadler rejoices at the opportunity to be used to speak a word from the Lord. 


For ticket information, call 914-403-2210, 434-572-7104 or 434-476-6313.