U.S. Rep. John Lewis will speak at next year's Martin Luther King Jr. event in Peoria. The annual King Day gathering has attracted high-profile speakers in the past. They include comedian Bill Cosby and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Alma Brown says the Georgia congressman is "a civil-rights icon." She's chairwoman of the group that sponsors the luncheon. Lewis is a former freedom rider and well-known civil-rights leader. He is the only surviving speaker from the 1963 March on Washington. Next year's event will be Jan. 19th.
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