MLK Fellowship Dinner: “Celebrating 25 Years of Keeping Dr. King’s Dream Alive”

King and Berholf
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with President Lloyd Bertholf, who invited King to Illinois Wesleyan in 1961 and 1966.

Dec. 23, 2014

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Dinner on Jan. 25 will celebrate “25 years of keeping Dr. King’s dream alive.” The annual dinner is co-sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan University and the United Community Gospel Singers of Bloomington-Normal, Ill. and will begin at 5 p.m. in the Memorial Center’s Young Main Lounge, 104 University St., Bloomington.

Featured speaker will be IWU Professor Emeritus Paul Bushnell. He was a teaching assistant at Vanderbilt University in Nashville with the Rev. James Lawson among his students. In 1960, Bushnell joined early lunch-counter sit-ins in the Nashville area and worked directly with Lawson. In a recent Illinois Wesleyan Magazine profile, Bushnell was hailed for his 47 years leading students in a “richer, more complex examination of American history.”

 Rev. Frank L. McSwain, Senior Pastor at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, will also speak at the dinner.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $8.50 for children under 12. Tickets are available online or at the Illinois Wesleyan Bookstore, Hansen Student Center, 300 Beecher St., or by calling 309-556-3059. For tickets or to make arrangements for person with disabilities, call Director of Government and Community Relations Carl Teichman at (309) 556-3429, or President of the United Community Gospel Singers of Bloomington-Normal Barbara Sims-Malone at (309) 706-6638. No tickets will be sold at the door. 

By Danielle Kamp ’15