To access free parking across the street behind the Minor Myers, jr. Welcome Center,
turn east on University Avenue
Persons with disabilities requiring any auxiliary aids, services or special arrangements
should contact the University at (309) 556-3429
Founded by the United Community Gospel Singers of Bloomington and Normal and co-sponsored with Illinois Wesleyan University, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
National Holiday Gospel Festival annually honors King with hours of gospel music by
choirs from Chicago to Springfield, Ill.
The festival was launched in 1991 by Corine Sims of Bloomington, who died in 2007.
King himself visited Illinois Wesleyan twice, in 1961 and 1966. A transcript and audio
recording of King's 1966 speech at Illinois Wesleyan are available online.
In addition, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Dinnerbrought a host of inspiring speakers to Illinois Wesleyan during its history.