State representative to speak at 21st annual Dove Freedom Fund Banquet

The Pine Bluff Branch NAACP will host its 21st annual Dove Freedom Fund Banquet at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Pine Bluff Convention Center arena.

The theme for this year’s event is “Your Power, Your Decision — VOTE!” The keynote speaker will be state Rep. Darrin Williams of Little Rock.

Williams was born at Danville and graduated from Little Rock Central High School, where he was elected student body president. He went on to attend Hendrix College in Conway and receive his bachelor’s degree before graduating from Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, Tenn., and Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., where he received his master’s of law degree in securities and financial regulation.

After graduation, Williams honed his grassroots political skills working in political outreach for the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C., during several of the Clinton presidential years. With a strong desire to return home to give back to the community and state that had done so much for him, he accepted the position of chief of staff and counsel to Attorney General Mark Pryor. In this position, and later as chief deputy attorney general, Williams fought for hard-working Arkansans every day, specifically taking on individuals and business that targeted Arkansas’ seniors and children.

Because of his work as a consumer advocate, Williams was invited to testify before the Subcommittee on Social Security of the powerful Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives. He also spent five years serving on the Little Rock Planning Commission before making the decision to run for the Arkansas General Assembly in 2008.

When he is not at the State Capitol or volunteering his time at numerous civic organizations, you can usually find Williams at his law firm, Carney Williams Bates Pulliam & Bowman, PLLC, or spending time with his wife of 15 years, Nicole Sippial, and their two children, Darrin Jr. and Payton. The family attends Central Church of Christ, where Williams serves as a Sunday school teacher and deacon.

Tickets are $40, which includes dinner, and musical entertainment will be provided by Legoria Payton & Friends.

For tickets or more information, call Classie Green, branch president, at 870-556-0527; Michelle White, branch secretary, at 870-413-6224; or Norma Gordon, event coordinator, at 870-879-5666.