The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

December 29, 2013

MLK celebration events planned

The Commercial-News

DANVILLE — "Strength to Love,” this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee’s annual two-day celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, will begin with the MLK Scholarship Banquet at 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Days Hotel, 77 N. Gilbert St.The banquet will feature a performance by The Brown Sisters, a gospel group from Oak Park. Also, the banquet will include the presentation of the MLK scholarship to a Danville graduating high school senior who plans to pursue an education at an institution of higher learning.

The admission fee for the banquet is $20. For ticket information, call the Danville Human Relations Department at Danville City Hall at 431-2280.

The second program Jan. 20 will begin with a motorcade/parade. The line-up for the motorcade/parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of Main and Logan streets, and the procession will start at 10:30 a.m. The motorcade will pause at the corner of Jackson and Williams streets for a small ceremony at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monument. The parade will park on the northwest side of St. James United Methodist Church’s parking lot.

The celebration service at St. James United Methodist Church will start at 11:30 a.m. Father Joseph A. Brown, S.J., Ph. D, professor at Southern Illinois University, will serve as the program speaker. Also, the Danville MLK Mass Choir will perform. There is no admission fee to the public.

For banquet tickets or more details, call chair Mary Thompson at 442-7917 or the Human Relations Department at 431-2280.