BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Performances by some of the area’s leading gospel groups are slated
for Jan. 16 at the 27th 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.
King spoke at Illinois Wesleyan in 1961 and returned to the University to speak in
1966 after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.
The annual MLK Teach-In on Jan. 16 also honors King’s legacy.
The Jan. 16 Gospel Festival, which is free and open to the public, will feature performances
by The United Gospel Singers of Bloomington-Normal Mass Choir, The Fantastic Jones
Family of Springfield, and The Family Choir of Harvey, Ill. Additional performers
include Mount Pisgah Adult and Sunbeam Choirs, Christ Fellowship Church, BACAI-School
of Art Praise Dance, Living Word Ministries Praise Team and Choir, Hallelujah Worship,
South of Normal College City Baptist Church, Xavier and the Anointed, and Xplicit
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, Illinois
Wesleyan’s 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.