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Black Chamber of Commerce will host MLK Banquet Monday

Published On: Jan 19 2014 08:15:00 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 20 2014 10:26:09 AM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the Black Chamber of Commerce has big plans to celebrate.

They will be hosting a special dinner at the Abilene Civic Center to remember the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and guest speaker Dr. Ralph Draper will encourage young adults to seek higher education.

The chamber is expecting 750 people to be in attendance. They hope most are high school students.

Treasurer Billy King said the chamber hosts the event to preserve history and, this year, to inform young adults about the impact of having a good education.

Carl Lockett, chairman of the event, said he wants to help students relate to Dr. King.

"What we're trying to do is get people to focus in on education and to relate that to some of the things Dr. King was involved in," Lockett said.

He hopes guest speaker, Dr. Ralph Draper, will encourage students to seek higher education and work toward their dreams.

The dinner starts at 6 p.m. Monday. Tickets are sold out.