The South Carolina Highway Patrol’s deputy commander will be the guest speaker for the Cheraw Branch of the NAACP’s 36th anniversary Freedom Fund Banquet.
Lt. Col. Christopher N. Williamson is scheduled to speak at the event, which is planned for 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Cheraw Community Center, 200 Powe St.
Williamson is a Darlington native who graduated from Society Hill’s Rosenwald High School in 1981 and Fayetteville State University in North Carolina in 1985.
He worked for the S.C. Department of Corrections and Darlington County Sheriff’s Office before joining the S.C. Highway Patrol in 1988. Williamson rose through the ranks, becoming a corporal in 1998, sergeant in 1999, lieutenant in 2001 and captain in 2003.
Williamson received his master’s degree in clinical and behavioral counseling in 2004 and founded a nonprofit organization, the Williamson Forward Progress Youth Services Foundation.
The group provides services including mentoring, discipline, behavioral intervention and anger management to youths and their families and operates a summer leadership camp.
In June 2009, Williamson transferred to Charleston as the Highway Patrol’s Troop 6 commander. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel and deputy commander of the Highway Patrol in December 2011.
Williamson is a member of numerous groups and serves on several nonprofit boards. He is married to Deloris Williamson and has two daughters and one granddaughter.
Tickets to the Freedom Fund Banquet are $20 per person. For more information, call Stevenson Pierre at 843-537-8765 or Irene M. Cole at 843-537-5958.