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Gospel groups celebrate MLK Day at local university that hosted Dr. King

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PEORIA (HOI) -- To mark the federal holiday honoring his work, Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy was celebrated in song at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.

The annual Gospel Festival features some of the areas leading gospel groups.

And, the location has a special significance.

Dr. King spoke at Illinois Wesleyan in 1961, and again in 1966 after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

That made the location an obvious fit to bring residents together to remember all he fought for and accomplished.

"The purpose of this is mainly to recognize him as a minister, because he was a minister before he became a civil rights leader," explains one of the organizers, Barbara Sims-Malone, whose parents helped found the event back in 1991.

Sims-Malone added if nothing else, she hopes Dr. King's memory inspires others to reach out and help someone else.

Singers celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Annual Gospel Festival

Sheridan Swathwood

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