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Peoria NAACP Branch holds 55th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet October 28, 2017

Steadfast & Immovable

The Peoria NAACP branch will be hosting its 55th annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, October 28 at the Par-A-Dice Hotel & Conference Center, in East Peoria. Social hour will begin at 6:00 pm and dinner at 7:00 pm. The theme for this year’s festivity is “Steadfast & Immovable.” The banquets keynote speaker is Joe Madison. A meet and greet reception will follow immediately after the banquet.

Joe is a groundbreaking radio personality and civil rights activist who has devoted his career to raising awareness about issues around the world, encouraging dialogue among people of different backgrounds, and raising money to support multicultural education and institutions. Known as “The Black Eagle,” Joe can be heard weekday mornings on Sirius-XM Urban View.

Joe uses his show as a platform for inspiring action on critical issues affecting the African American community. In 2013 and 2014, he hosted a series about the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, featuring guests like the Reverend Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon Johnson. In 2015, Joe set a Guinness World Record for the longest on-air broadcast, 52 hours, which raised more than $200,000 for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The NAACP is the nations oldest, largest and most recognized civil rights organization, with over half-million members.

The NAACP was formed in 1909 primarily as a result of the 1908 Springfield, IL race riots, and also because of continued lynchings of black citizens.

The Peoria branch celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015. The vision of the NAACP continues to be: to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

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