NAACP activist and labor leader Andre Washington will speak at the Barberton NAACP branch's annual Freedom Fund Dinner on Oct. 7.

The fundraising dinner supports local civil rights efforts and scholarships. Black and white activists formed the NAACP in 1909. It is the country's oldest and largest civil rights organization.

Tickets for the Oct. 7 event at Barberton High School, 555 Barber Road, are available for $45 in advance (call 330-861-8942 to reserve tickets) or $50 at the door.

Seating will begin at 1:15 p.m. at the high school. In addition to Washington's talk, the event will feature musical entertainment provided by Barberton Middle School students.

Washington, a life member of the NAACP, serves as the NAACP Ohio State Conference treasurer. He also is a member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and an executive board member of the Ohio AFL-CIO federation of unions and the Ohio Democratic Party. Among other activities, he is a board member of Progress Ohio, a left-leaning advocacy organization.

He is a graduate of the George Meany National Labor College in Maryland, receiving a bachelor's degree in labor studies.

The president of the Barberton branch NAACP is Kevin Hill, a local minister.