Dr. King Fellowship Dinner
January 2, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Dinner will be held
at Illinois Wesleyan University at 5 p.m. on Sunday, January12 as a part of the events
for the 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Gospel Festival. The dinner will be served in the Young Main Lounge of Memorial Center (104 University
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will be the keynote speaker at the dinner
and The Jesse White Tumbling Team will perform.
Tickets are available for purchase until January 9 through the Illinois Wesleyan University
Bookstore in the Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St., Bloomington). Admission for
adults is $16.50 and $8.25 for children under the age of 12. To purchase tickets call:
the University Bookstore at (309) 556-3059, Darcy L. Greder, associate dean of Student
Affairs/Co- Curriculum Programming at (309) 556-3111 or Barbara Sims-Malone, president
of the United Community Gospel Singers of Bloomington-Normal at (309) 706-6638 or
online at http://theiwubookstore.com/martin-luther-king-dinner-tickets.aspx
The event, which is co-sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan and the United Community Gospel
Singers of Bloomington-Normal, will feature a tribute to Rev. James and Mrs. Corine
Sims, founders of the dinner and the Gospel Festival for their work of keeping alive
the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In addition to White, remarks will be made by Richard F. Wilson, president of Illinois
Wesleyan, Jesse Smart, former Mayor of Bloomington, Deborah White, executive director
of the Mid-Central Community Action Center and Willie Brown, retired State Farm executive.
The Jesse White Tumbling Team is known for its acrobatic performances. Founded in
1959 in Chicago by White, the team often performs for the National Basketball Association,
the National Football League and at Major League Baseball games. The group, coached
by White, also performs at business and sporting events, including colleges and universities
across the country.
For additional information about the dinner, or to make arrangements for persons with
disabilities requiring any auxiliary aids, services, or special arrangements, contact
Greder, at (309) 556-3111 or Sims-Malone at (309) 706-6638.
Contact: Sherry Wallace, (309) 556-3181