For the 4th consecutive year, The Community Voice and the Wichita Branch NAACXP collaborated to present the Financial Freedom Expo, a financial literacy event designed to help grow the community economically. The event is presented each year during April as part of Money Smart Week, a national financial literacy effort. Financial and economic education is one of the key platforms of the National NAACP.

This year, expo attendees could choose from 14 breakout workshops, with offerings targeting seniors, youth, children, young adults, those struggling to make ends meet, and those ready to take their finances to the next level.

The keynote speaker, Dr. DeForest Soaries, is the author of “Breaking Free from Financial Slavery.” Dr. Soaries, the Senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somserset, New Jersey, spoke on his favorite financial topic, being debt free. If you’re struggling with debt, DeSoaries says you need to change your attitude and relationship with money and things. It’s just like a person who loses weight must change their relationship with food and exercise.

More than a dozen financial organizations were there to provide attendees additional financial information and, anyone who chose to could receive a free copy of their credit report.

The free, half-day event also included lunch, door prizes, and cash giveaways.

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