The Hastings African Awareness Committee will be celebrating its 17th annual banquet Saturday in order to recognize African American History month as well as the ongoing legacy of the Hastings consortium.
The banquet will be at 3 p.m. at the Adams County Fairgrounds.
The organization is partnering with the Nebraska Humanities Council to bring Denver resident the Rev. Dr. James D. Peters to Hastings to give a presentation titled “A Soldier on the Front Line with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
Peters was recognized by King with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s outstanding service award in 1966. He has been active in religious and civil rights organizations and projects for many years. He most recently served as a pastor at New Hope Baptist Church in Denver and currently serves on the board of American Baptist Churches USA.
In his tour of Hastings, Peters will also give the sermon Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Hastings. The service starts at 10:30 a.m.
The goal of the Hastings African Awareness Committee is to promote the contributions of African Americans to history.
More information about the weekend’s events can be found by calling the committee at 402-469-3718.