NAACP Tri County Branch


Annual Freedom Awards Banquet

The NAACP Tri-County Branch is proud to announce its Annual NAACP Freedom Awards Breakfast Banquet, Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 9am at the Tuscumbia Roundhouse.  This year’s NAACP Breakfast menu will again be prepared by Rhoda P’s Catering.

The Tri-County Branch, chartered in 1965 to serve Lauderdale, Colbert, and Franklin Counties, is unique in the state of Alabama in that it serves multiple counties.  Information about the Branch and its activities can be found at, by emailing, by calling  NAACP at 256-383-4260, or by listening their weekly radio program Sunday mornings at 8:30am on WZZA.   Meetings are held on third Thursdays at locations throughout the three counties, and are open to the public.

The Tri-County Branch honors individuals and organizations with Freedom Awards in the categories of Leadership, Youth Service, Community Service, Civic Duty, Humanitarianism, Education, and Spiritual Guidance.  Nomination forms are available on the organization’s website, or at WZZA Radio.  These awards will be presented at the Breakfast Banquet. 

The Freedom Awards Banquet is usually a sold-out affair and draws a wide variety of attendees.  Funds raised assist in supporting advocacy of civil rights throughout the Tri-County area.  Tables of eight are $240.00, while individual tickets are $30.00 each.  A souvenir program for the Freedom Award Banquet will feature ads at a cost of $35.00 for a quarter page, $60.00 for half a page, $100.00 for a full page, $150.00 for the inside front or back cover, and $200.00 for the back cover. Patron ads are available at $20 each.  Ads and payments may be mailed to NAACP at Post Office Box 2110, Muscle Shoals, Alabama 35662.  

Tri-County Branch President Tori Bailey said, “the Freedom Awards Breakfast Banquet is a time for our  community to come together in celebration and camaraderie.  We look forward to having elected officials and candidates for office support this worthwhile organization and take advantage of the opportunity to greet their constituents.”  The NAACP Tri-County Freedom Awards Breakfast Banquet is open to all who wish to attend.

Welcome to the NAACP’s Tri-County Branch of Alabama, servicing Colbert, Lauderdale, & Franklin Counties. Our mission is to promote the cooperation amongst the citizens of Northwest Alabama, to increase the involvement of each citizen to achieve political, educational, social, and economic equality, and to work toward the elimination of racial hatred and discrimination amongst all people.

Message from the President

The NAACP is here to speak on behalf of those who need their voices amplified. We are here to advocate for those who seek justice. We stand for right. We will not settle complacently for what is when our vision and our faith have shown us what can be. We encourage each of you to stand with us, and to be part of the solution. There are those who make petty and evil attempts to divide and conquer us. We pray that you will “do better, and be better”. There are those who are both selfish and self-serving. We pray that you will evolve. With God on our side, no weapons can harm us. United we stand. And when we choose to fight for right, we will win.

Tori Bailey, President
NAACP Tri-County Branch

Tri-County Branch 2020-22 Officers

  • President – Ms. Tori Bailey (Colbert County), Chair Workshop
  • 1st Vice President – Commander Jessie Qualls (Lauderdale County), Chair Veterans Affairs
  • 2nd Vice President – Mrs. Sheryl Hamilton (Franklin County), Historian
  • 3rd Vice President – Pastor Wesley Thompson (Colbert County), Chair Religious Affairs
  • Secretary – Tonyia Carter, Chair Communications
  • Assistant Secretary – Mrs. Ann Underwood, Finance Committee
  • Treasurer – Bettie Robinson, Chair Finance Committee
  • Assistant Treasurer – Ms. Audrey Mitchell, UNA Advisor Youth/Education/ACT-SO
  • Parliamentarian – Mr. Ollie Underwood, Parliamentarian

Executive Committee Members & Standing Committee Chairs (2020-22)

Executive Committee

  • Wesley Thompson (3rd VP), Chair Religious Affairs
  • James Garner, Chair Youth/Education/ACT-SO
  • Ulysses “Foot” Burt, Chair Housing
  • John Williams, Chair Legal Redress
  • Joseph Mitchum, Chair Political Action
  • Kaytrina Cole Coffey, Workshop Committee
  • Steve Stanley, Chair Economic Affairs
  • Nellie Vinson, Co-Chair Health
  • Robert Potts, Legal Redress Advisor
  • Komarvo Denton, Vice Chair Redress
  • Stephen Gill, Co-Chair Membership
  • Roslyn Taylor, Chair WIN
  • Katerina Cole Coffey, Chair Health