Gospel Festival Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy
Jan. 13, 2016
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Performances by some of the area’s leading gospel groups are slated
for Jan. 18 at the 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival. Presented by
Illinois Wesleyan University and the United Community Gospel Singers of Bloomington-Normal,
the festival honors King’s legacy. The 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 as co-founders.
The annual MLK Teach-In on Jan. 18 also honors King’s legacy.
The Jan. 18 event, which is free and open to the public, will feature performances
by The United Gospel Singers of Bloomington-Normal Mass Choir, Doc Smith of Milwaukee,
The Fantastic Jones Family of Springfield, and The Family Choir of Harvey, Ill. Additional
performers include Mount Pisgah Adult and Sunbeam Choirs, Union Missionary Baptist
Church Adult Choir, BACAI-School of Art Praise Dance, Living Word Ministries Choir
and Dance Team, Hallelujah Worship Center Team Club, and Xplicit Mime.
The festival will run from 4 to 9 p.m. in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall, 1210
Park Street, Bloomington. To make arrangements for persons with disabilities requiring
auxiliary aids, services or special arrangements, contact Carl Teichman, director
of government and community relations, at (309) 556-3429. More information about the
festival is available from Teichman or Barbara Sims-Malone, executive director of
the United Community Gospel Singers, at (309) 706-6638.