Chicago gospel group to kick off Danville's annual MLK Day celebration

Chicago gospel group to kick off Danville's annual MLK Day celebration

DANVILLE — A Chicago gospel group will kick off Danville's annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Jan. 20.

"Peace in the Midst of the Storm" is the theme for the two-day event, which will feature The Douglas Singers. The group will perform during the scholarship banquet, set for 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Days Hotel, 77 N. Gilbert St.

Admission for the banquet is $20 per person.

The celebration will continue Jan. 21 with a motorcade/parade and public ceremony.

Those wishing to walk in the parade are asked to gather at 10 a.m. at Main Street and Logan Avenue, west of downtown. The procession will start at 10:30 a.m. and proceed east on Main to Vermilion Street, then make its way north to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monument at Jackson and Williams streets for a short ceremony. It will continue for a few more blocks to St. James United Methodist for a free public ceremony that begins at 11:30 a.m.

The Rev. Ronald C. Henton, Bishop of Israel of God's Church in Sycamore, will be the featured speaker at the church (504 N. Vermilion St.). Also scheduled to perform: the Danville MLK Mass Choir, under the direction of Brett Dupree.

For banquet tickets or more information, call Mary Thompson at 217-442-7917 or the city's Human Relations Department at 217-431-2280.

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