Bloomington celebrates Dr. King through song

By WEEK Creative Services

January 21, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:07 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Bloomington residents gathered together to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's legacy through song.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Holiday Gospel Festival was held at Illinois Wesleyan University Monday evening. The event brings together community churches and residents to celebrate Dr. King's life through gospel, dance, and prayer.

Like Dr. King, the event started as one person's dream.

"Her dream, just like Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream, my mother had a dream and her vision was to bring all of the community churches together. And to keep Dr. Martin Luther King lifted up in music as a minister, as a gospel singer," said President/Director of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Gospel Festival, Barbara Sims-Malone.

This was the 23rd year for the event.

Organizers hope that the festival inspires people to go out and make a difference in the community.

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