The Pine Bluff branch of the NAACP will hold its annual Emancipation Proclamation Program at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Damascus Missionary Baptist Church, 224 N. Cypress St. The theme is Advancing the Fight for the Dream.


Retired Judge Berlin Jones will be the featured speaker, according to a news release.


Jones was the Division 1 judge of the 11th Circuit West of Arkansas. He took office in 1987 and his last term expired at the end of 2016.


Jones earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and his Juris Doctorate at the University of Illinois.


Wanda V. Neal is president of the local NAACP.