The Jackson County NAACP branch will hold the Humanitarian Awards Celebration from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 77 Jackson St. in Sylva.

The branch established the biennial awards in 2015 to recognize the community contributions by individuals and organizations who embody the principles of equity and fairness in their relationships with others and are based in Jackson, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Macon or Swain counties.

The 2021 Awards and Branch theme, “Journey to Freedom Together,” is inspired by the Jackson County NAACP’s partnership with other Western North Carolina organizations to bring the 9-foot, 2,400-pound bronze Harriet Tubman sculpture “Journey to Freedom” to Bridge Park in Sylva for a three-month showing. The sculpture was created by Academy and Emmy Award-winning Wesley Wofford from Cashiers.

Prior Humanitarian Award individual winners include Ron Fisher, David Trigg, Ellerna Forney, Mary Herr and Veronica Nicholas. Organizational winners include Vecinos Farmworker Health Program, Circles of Jackson County, St. John’s Episcopal Church Garden Ministry and The Community Table.

For more information, contact the Jackson County NAACP Branch at, 331-1803, or visit the website at