The 24th Annual
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014
Co-sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan and the United Community Gospel Singers of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
A Tribute to Reverend James and Mrs. Corine Sims
Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center
104 E. University St., Bloomington
Fellowship Dinner Tickets
Youth Under 12 $8.25
Tickets on sale until Jan. 9, 2014
No ticket sales at the door.
By phone: Carl Teichman at (309) 556-3429 or
Barb Sims-Malone at (309) 706-6638
Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
Founded by the United Community Gospel Singers of Bloomington-Normal, co-sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan University
Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall
IWU School of Music
1210 Park St., Bloomington
For more information, contact Carl Teichman, Illinois Wesleyan University, at (309) 556-3429 or Barb Sims-Malone, United Community Gospel Singers, at (309) 706-6638
Presser Hall is located on the west side of Park Street.
To access free parking across the street behind the Minor Myers, jr. Welcome Center, turn east on University Avenue
Founded by the United Community Gospel Singers of Bloomington and Normal and co-sponsored with Illinois Wesleyan University, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival annually honors King with hours of gospel music by choirs from Chicago to Springfield, Ill.
The festival was launched in 1991 by Corine Sims of Bloomington, who died in 2007.
King himself visited Illinois Wesleyan twice, in 1961 and 1966. A transcript and audio recording of King's 1966 speech at Illinois Wesleyan are available online.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Dinner, offered each year in connection with the festival, has brought a host of inspiring speakers to Illinois Wesleyan during its history.
Past Fellowship Dinner Speakers
|2013||Barry Scott, founder and producing artistic director, American Negro Playwright Theatre|
|2012||Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State, and Jesse White Tumbling Team|
|2011||Bob Zellner, Civil Rights Scholar and Author|
|2010||Thomas N. Todd, Civil Rights Attorney|
|2009||Jerome Ringo, Environmental Pioneer and President of the Apollo Alliance|
|2008||Rev. Michael Pfleger, Pastor of St. Sabina Catholic Church Chicago, social activist|
Rev. Joseph Lowery, co-founder Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Methodist Minister
> Hear Lowery's Speech
|2006||Keith Beauchamp, Documentary Filmmaker: “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till”|
|2005||The Honorable Wade McCree III, 3rd Circuit Court, Wayne County, Michigan|
|2004||Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State|
|2003||Randell Osbourne, SCLC Foundation Executive Director|
|2002||Dorothy Cotton, Cornell University professor and civil rights activist|
|2001||Roger Wilkins, professor, journalist, SCLC leader.|
|2000||Thomas Todd, Chicago Civil Rights Attorney|
|1999||Doug Wilder, Former Governor of Virginia|
|1998||Morris Dees, Founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center|
|1997||Yolanda King, daughter of MLK|
|1996||Judy Richardson, co-producer “Eyes on the Prize”|
|1995||Vernon King, cousin of MLK|
|1994||Vernon King, cousin of MLK|
|1993||Bernice King, daughter of MLK|
|1992||Bernice King, daughter of MLK|
|1991||Martin Luther King III, son of MLK|