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Defeat Hate . . . VOTE – Peoria NAACP Branch 56th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet – October 27, 2018

Johnson J-Photo (High Res HEADSHOT 6.18) (1)_1.18) (1)The Peoria NAACP branch will be hosting its 56th annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Par-A-Dice Hotel & Conference Center, in East Peoria. Social hour will begin at 5:30 pm and dinner at 6:00 pm. The theme for this year’s event is “Defeat Hate……VOTE. The keynote speaker for the banquet is Jeff Johnson. A meet and greet reception will follow immediately after.

Jeff Johnson is an award-winning investigative journalist, social activist, political commentator, and author who has established himself as an authentic voice for change and a trailblazing social entrepreneur. He has spent the last decade merging the worlds of politics and popular culture, working as senior advisor for media and youth outreach for People for the American Way, as National Director of the Youth & College Division of the NAACP, and as the Vice President of Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Summit Action Network. He is the Creator, Host and Executive Producer of MANCAVE, a late-night talk show targeting urban men that aired on BET.

The following commemorative awards will be presented to 4 outstanding community leaders; The Harry Sephus Trailblazer Award, The John Gywnn Courage Award, The Don Jackson Gamechanger Award, and the Sam & Jean Polk Humanitarian Award.

Garry Moore will be the MC for the evening and musical entertainment will be provided by Josiah Williams and Shaleese Pie.

The NAACP is the nation’s oldest, largest and most recognized civil rights organization, with over a half-million members. The vision of the NAACP continues to be; to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

For ticket information, please go to or call (309)648-3445.