|L to R: Esther Lee (Bethlehem), Fred Montgomery|
(Allentown) and Bonita Crowe (Easton)
|Lowes L. Moore, Jr.|
In addition to Dr. Roy, the banquet was also attended by Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez, Police Chief Mark DiLuzio and State Rep. Steve Samuelson. All are frequent guests at NAACP panels throughout the year.
Songs, poetry and piano playing preceded keynote speaker Lowes Moore, who graduated from the University of West Virginia and went on to play for several years in the NBA before becoming the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club in Mount Vernon, New York, where he grew up.
As much as he loved the limelight, he said that everything he did in college and professional sports set him up for his real life's work - children. Married for 32 years and with four children of his own, Moore brought his wife and a few cousins to the banquet. Admitting that he will never live in a gated community, Moore proudly spoke of each of his four children and mentioned that he and his wife have mentored about 30 children. "God has always provided," he said.
He called the NAACP "an act of love"and added that "[e]very community deserves an Esther Lee."
Bonita Crowe, President of the Easton NAACP, and Fred Montgomery, First VP of the Allentown NAACP, also attended the banquet.
This year's "Distinguished Citizen Award" went to Winston Alozie, Program Director at the Bethlehem Boys and Girls Club. Alozie was also the Banquet's pianist.
Alozie is a 2005 graduate of Freedom High School. In 2010, he earned a degree in developmental psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.