First African-American nominee for Florida governor to speak at annual MLK Jr. luncheon


PEORIA, Ill. — Florida’s first African-American nominee for governor Andrew Gillum is set to give the keynote address at the City of Peoria’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Luncheon.

Gillum, who is also the former mayor of Tallahassee, will give the address at noon on Jan. 20, 2020 at the Peoria Civic Center.

Following his run for governor, Gillum was honored as one of the Ebony Power 100 and named a 2019 Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school and college.

The luncheon is hosted by the city’s Public Employees for Community Concerns. The group consists of African American city employees who joined together to try to enlighten the community.

The doors will open at 11 a.m. Tickets for the luncheon are $50 per person and tables of 10 can be purchased for $500. Tickets can be purchased on our website at or at Peoria City Hall, City Clerk’s Office, Room 401.

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