Annual Gospel Festival Celebrates King’s Legacy
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. –– Performances by some of the area’s leading gospel groups are
slated for Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 at the 30th Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday
Gospel Festival. The festival will run from 5 to 9 p.m. in Westbrook Auditorium of
Presser Hall, 1210 Park Street, Bloomington.
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 Jan. 20 Gospel Festival, which is free and open to the public, will feature performances
by The Fantastic Jones Family of Springfield, Ill, 1AKORD from Peoria and Rockford,
Ill; Church of the Living God and St. Luke Church from Peoria. Ill.; and The United
Gospel Singers of Bloomington-Normal Mass Choir. Additional performers include Mount
Pisgah Baptist Church Sunbeam Choirs, BCAI-School of Art Praise, Union Baptist Church
Adult Choir and the Powers Sisters.
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.