A Gospel Choir from Evangel University performed at the Gilloiz Theatre following Springfield’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day March on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.
The 10-member ensemble from Evangel was comprised of seven singers and three instrumentalists, according to student director Anneli Lofgren, a junior music major from Bronx, N.Y.
“Today was an incredible experience” said Lofgren. “From learning about Dr. King in the classroom as a young student in the hub of New York, to being able to honor him with our talents was a blessing! We honored God through our gifts and just gave it back to Him and the community.”
Lofgren was invited to put a group together from Evangel for the MLK Celebration last fall.
“Saying yes was easy. Organizing it was a little daunting, but seeing it come together was a dream come true for me, and I’m sure for everyone else involved as well,” she said.
The students sang, “Lift Every Voice,” “Sing” — also known as “The Black National Anthem” — and “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” a favorite hymn of Dr. King.
Sponsored by the NAACP, organizers of the local MLK March collected socks, hats and gloves for school age children. They also collected diapers for the diaper bank.