MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The NAACP held their 40th annual Freedom Fund Luncheon on Tuesday.
Nearly 1,000 people made it to the Cook Convention Center for the event, which featured civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who has represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown during their high-profile cases.
Attendees said Crump's status as one of the leading voices on civil rights helps bring attention to stories that may not otherwise be heard.
"We see that civil rights issues are alive and well, and we need a voice like this voice of today to represent those issues," NAACP Memphis Branch President Keith Norman said.
This year's luncheon was themed 'Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice."
The NAACP is the nation's oldest civil rights organization, and the Memphis chapter is their largest branch.