Gospel concert set to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Elizabeth F. Dieter | Jan 6, 2017

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee and North Central Texas College Multicultural Outreach Committee will co-sponsor a Gospel Music Concert on January 14, 2017, in the First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts on the NCTC Gainesville Campus, beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Choirs from Dallas and Denton, as well as local groups and individual performers, will entertain the audience with songs from across the spectrum of gospel music. 

Dr. Brent Wallace, President of NCTC, will perform the opening number, followed by such choirs as Denton Gospelaires, Central Point Church of Christ Choir of Dallas, the Harmonizers, Kendrick Sammons Singers, the Franklin Haskin Family, and the Men of Purpose.  Praise Dancers will include Steven Moore, Constance Pullam’s group, and the Central Point Church of Christ Praise Dancers.  Individual performances by Pamela Wiebe and Angela Mohair will round out the musical program. In addition, Rev. Welton Stoker of Sherman will deliver a motivational address.   

James Hughes, member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee pointed out, “The Civil Rights movement was inspired and sustained by music so we believe it’s appropriate to begin our celebration of Dr. King’s life and work with this musical tribute.  We have some incredibly talented people whose performances will entertain us, even as they deepen our appreciation for our musical heritage.”  

Dr. Wallace added, “NCTC is proud to be a part of this special event, and I am personally thrilled to be able to perform with these talented individuals.”   

The concert will be followed on Sunday by commemorative MLK services at Antioch Baptist Church.  On Monday the traditional parade will begin at 10:00 am at the Gainesville Depot and proceed to the Civic Center.  A celebration and lunch will follow at that site; all are welcome.

James Hughes (left), member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee, and Dr. Pat Ledbetter (right), NCTC History and Humanities Instructor, have helped plan the free Gospel Concert to honor Martin Luther King Jr.