Ninety-seven years of unwavering commitment to social justice and community empowerment – that's what we're celebrating as we invite you to join us for the 97th Anniversary Dinner.

On Friday, December 1, 2023, we have the distinct honor of hosting acclaimed filmmaker Ryan Coogler as our keynote speaker. Coogler's groundbreaking films, including "Creed", "Fruitvale Station", and "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever", exemplify the values and vision that have been the driving force behind "The Movement" for nearly a century.

Through the lens of Coogler's mind, we have witnessed the resilience of Adonis Creed, the tragic story of Oscar Grant, and the awe-inspiring world of Wakanda. Each of these cinematic masterpieces has highlighted the importance of showcasing diversity and creating opportunities for underrepresented communities. Coogler's work is a testament to the fact that storytelling can be a catalyst for change and a vehicle for social progress.

Our 97th Anniversary Dinner is not just a celebration of time passed, but a reflection of our continued commitment to "Empowering Communities: Building Strength, Equity, and Opportunity". Over the years, we have worked tirelessly to uplift marginalized voices, provide resources for our community, and advocate for a more just and equitable society.

This special occasion also provides us with the perfect opportunity to acknowledge and honor the local youth and leaders who have been instrumental in driving positive change within our community. Their dedication, achievements, and prominent leadership roles serve as an inspiration for us all.

We invite you to be a part of this momentous event as we commemorate 97 years of dedication to social justice and community empowerment. By attending our anniversary dinner, you are not only celebrating our past but also contributing to a future where strength, equity, and opportunity are accessible to all.

Ticket purchases are easy to access! You can secure your spot online at, call us at (217)-789-0830, or visit our main site located at 100 North 11th Street. For your convenience, we have provided the direct ticket link below this article.

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We look forward to welcoming you to our Anniversary Dinner on Friday, December 1, 2023, where we will come together to honor the past, celebrate the present, and inspire a future filled with strength, equity, and opportunity for all.

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