Dubuque 32nd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet


The Dubuque Branch NAACP invites you to our 32nd annual branch Freedom Fund Banquet. This year’s event will be held at the Best Western PLUS Dubuque Hotel & Conference Center, 3100 Dodge Street, on 7 November 2021. The Conference Center Bar will open at 12:30 p.m. Soft drinks, wine, beer and mixed drinks will be for purchase. The event welcome will be at 1:00pm followed by a plated lunch.

The keynote speaker at the Freedom Banquet will be Gabrielle Martin, the daughter of Captain Robert L. Martin. Born and educated in Dubuque, Robert L. Martin graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1936. Martin earned a degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University in 1942. He also earned a pilot’s license through the Civilian Air Corps while in college. Upon graduation, Martin was accepted to the Army Air Corps Tuskegee Flight Experiment, the first group of Black military pilots in the U.S. military In January 1944, Martin’s wings were pinned and he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He was one of twelve Tuskegee airmen from Iowa.

Martin was a Fighter Pilot with the 100th Fighter Squadron and the renowned 332nd “Red Tail” Fighter Group. He flew 64 missions escorting bombers and strafing enemy targets in the European Theatre. During his 64th mission, Martin’s plane was struck by ground fire and he bailed out of his burning plane. Martin evaded capture for six weeks with the help of Partisans and safely returned to his unit. A First Lieutenant by the end of the war, he rose to the rank of Captain in the Reserves.

The Dubuque Regional Airport Commission granted Dawnelle Gordon’s application to name the terminal in honor of Robert L. Martin in July 2020. Due to federal regulations, the Airport Commission cannot use federal funds on this project, therefore a separate not-for-profit was incorporated under Iowa law to raise the necessary funds to rename the terminal building, construct outdoor name signage and an indoor plaque and educational exhibit.

Ticket Prices

  • Students $30
  • Member $35
  • Non-Member $40

Membership + Freedom Fund Ticket $60 (a $5 savings!) 

  • Ticket Prices
  • Students $30
  • Member $35
  • Non-Member $40

Table Prices

  • $350 for a Table of 10 with a majority of members
  • $400 for a Table of 10 with a majority of non-members

Please list the names and emails of everyone you are paying for!
(Send an email to countess14@hotmail.com with names at table if submitting via ActBlue. Otherwise, mail a list of names with your check made payable to Dubuque NAACP and mail to P.O Box 1012, Dubuque, IA 52004-1012).


If you wish to attend the Freedom Fund banquet, please make reservations online on our ActBlue page: Here

On behalf of the Dubuque Branch of the NAACP Freedom Fund Committee, thank you in advance for your support

If you can not afford to go to the Freedom Fund but would still like to attend, please fill out “Form #1” all others fill out “Form #2”.

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