25th Annual MLK Gospel Festival Honors Birth of Civil Rights Leader
Dec. 22, 2014
Illinois Wesleyan University and the United Community Gospel Singers of Bloomington-Normal,
Ill. will present the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival on Jan. 19. The
event, which is free and open to the public, will run from 4 to 9 p.m. in Westbrook
Auditorium of Presser Hall.
The festival honors King’s legacy and will feature performances by The United Gospel
Singers of Bloomington-Normal Mass Choir, The Gayles Memorial Baptist Mass Choir and
Praise Dancers of Aurora, The Fantastic Jones Family of Springfield, and The Family
Choir of Harvey, Illinois.
Additional performers include Mount Pisgah Sunbeam Choir, Union Missionary Baptist
Church Junior Gospel Quartet, Union Missionary Baptist Church Adult Choir, Mount Pisgah
Praise Dancers and Mount Pisgah Adult Choir.
The Gospel Festival was founded in 1991 by the late Corine Sims and her husband, the
Rev. James Sims, with Illinois Wesleyan and the United Community Gospel Singers of
Bloomington-Normal as co-founders. King spoke at Illinois Wesleyan in 1961 and returned to the University in 1966 after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.
For additional information about the festival, or to make arrangements for persons
with disabilities requiring any auxiliary aids, services, or special arrangements,
contact Carl Teichman, director of government and community relations at (309) 556-3429,
or Barbara Sims-Malone, president of the United Community Gospel Singers of Bloomington-Normal,
at (309) 706-6638.