Former Montford Point Marine to be honored at local NAACP banquet

dgary@macon.comOctober 26, 2012 

The Macon branch of the NAACP will honor a local veteran and Montford Point Marine on Sunday at the Earl T. Shinhoster Freedom Fund Awards Banquet.

Thomas Mosley, a World War II veteran, was one of the first black Americans to be admitted into the U.S. Marines. In June, President Barack Obama awarded Mosley, and other members of the Montford Point Marines who served from 1942 to 1949, with the congressional gold medal.

Former local NAACP President Al Tillman describes Mosley as an “ultimate volunteer” who often spends his time visiting nursing homes and helping other veterans to gain benefits. He shares his knowledge, wisdom and finances, Tillman said, “without hesitation.”

“He contributes so much to this community. It was just time to recognize him,” he said.

The Shinhoster award, which was named after a former National Association for the Advancement of Colored People interim executive director who was killed in a car accident, has been presented annually since 2001 to a member of the community who has shown exceptional dedication to community service.

Tillman said it is important to continue to recognize people who are making a difference in the community in order to make a lasting positive impression on other generations.

“There’s so much negativity that sometimes you have to highlight a good deed in the community. Hopefully that will encourage the younger generation,” Tillman said.

The banquet will also recognize two local high school students who have demonstrated a high commitment to serving the community, as well as, local churches and educators.

The banquet will be held at the Buck Melton Community Center, at 150 Sessions Drive, from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the door. For more information, contact Carrie Britts at (478) 258-4863.

To contact writer Danyelle Gary, call (478) 744-4347.

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