The Alton Branch of the NAACP is getting ready for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Service. This year’s service will be held Sunday and will include speeches from Rev. Gregory Stoner of Danville, Illinois.

Rev. Diane D. Williams, pastor of the Alton Community Church of God, will receive the Alton NAACP’s Martin Luther King Jr. Award.  NAACP President James Gray says the event is always popular.  He tells The Big Z this is the 35th annual event.

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Gray says this year’s theme, “Peace, Be Still” is to recognize the right to peacefully demonstrate.  In the wake of the Ferguson grand jury there were violent protests nationwide, and Gray says that was uncalled for.  Sunday’s service will be held at 3 p.m. at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church located at 2621 Amelia Street in Alton and the public is encouraged to attend.

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