A gathering was held at the American Bank Center Tuesday morning as the NAACP announced the guest speaker for this year's annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Jan. 13.

The speaker for this year's event will be Perrye K. Turner, special agent in charge of the FBI's Houston Division.

According to the FBI, Turner became a special agent in 1991 and has served in several divisions since then including the Criminal Investigation Division at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he worked in the Mexican/Criminal Syndicates Unit of the Drug Section.

The 48th annual NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet will be held from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 13, 2018, at the American Bank Center. For more information, call 361-548-9489.

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