CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The NAACP will honor retired police Lt. Paul Echols at the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 21.
It will be held at the SIUC Student Center Ballroom.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.
The NAACP is asking all attendees to bring non-perishable food items to help stock local food pantries.
The theme for the 37th annual event is “Same Kind of Different as Me.”
Lt. Echols worked for more than a decade to clear the name of a man who died in prison, but received clemency in Jan. 2019.
“Grover Thompson was truly an innocent man,” said Paul Echols, Former Carbondale Police Department Investigations Commander. “Just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the things that happened should not have happened.”
Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. followed by the program at 9 a.m. Carolyn Cerda the mistress of ceremonies for the morning.
Apostle Larry T. Barnett, senior pastor of the St. John Praise and Worship Center and double alumnus of SIU, will be the special guest speaker.
Local Boy Scouts will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and a variety of area dignitaries, officials and local citizens are involved.