Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church of Danville plans its 55th Annual Lincoln–Douglass-King Banquet for 6 p.m. Saturday at Laura Lee Fellowship House, 212 E. Williams St.
The ticket donation for the banquet is $30.
Keon Clark, a former player in the National Basketball Association, will speak at the banquet. The event also will include the presentation of Allen Chapel’s Community Service Award to Reginald Cloyd Jr.
The Lincoln-Douglass Banquet was started by Presiding Elder Richard D. Smith, Fourth District Illinois Annual Conference of the AME Church, in 1965 at Allen Chapel AME Church in Danville.
Presiding Elder Smith, who was the pastor of Allen Chapel at that time, wanted to commemorate the civil rights contributions of President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
In 1988, Reverend David Jarrett, the pastor of Allen Chapel at that time, changed the name of the banquet to Lincoln-Douglass-King Banquet to commemorate the civil rights legacy of Dr. Martin King Jr.
For information about the banquet, contact Banquet Chairman Dwight Adkins at (217) 260-1153. For ticket information, contact Virginia McKinney at (217) 446-5639.