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Phillippe Presents – January, 2018 – MLK Celebration

5th Annual Living the Dream MLK Celebration | Friday, January 12 at 7:00 PM | Phillippe Auditorium

Join us as we mark Dr. King’s 89th birthday and celebrate his dream of radical, revolutionary love that still inspires the world.
This year’s concert will feature the five-time Grammy Award and Grammy Lifetime Award winner, Blind Boys of Alabama. A reception will take place in the IWU Student Center Piazza following the event. This event is sponsored by Indiana Wesleyan University’s Office of Multicultural Enrichment & Employee Development.

This event is free to attend but a ticket is required. You can get tickets online by visiting www.indwes.edu/mlk. You can also get tickets through the IWU Box Office. Please note that there is a limit of eight tickets per transaction. Also, tickets not claimed ten minutes prior to the start of the event will be subject to reissue.

About the Blind Boys of Alabama – Hailed as “gospel titans” by Rolling Stone, the Blind Boys first rose to fame in the segregated

south with their thrilling vocal harmonies and roof-raising live show. They released their debut single, “I Can See Everybody’s Mother But Mine,” on the iconic Veejay label in 1948, launching a 70-year recording career that would see them rack up five GRAMMY Awards (plus one for Lifetime Achievement), enter the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, collaborate with everyone from Mavis Staples and Stevie Wonder to Prince and Lou Reed, and perform on the world’s most prestigious stages.


It would be difficult to overstate the Blind Boys’ influence on their contemporaries and the generations that came after. The New York Times said that they “came to epitomize what is known as jubilee singing, a livelier breed of gospel music,” adding that “they made it zestier still by adding jazz and blues idioms and turning up the volume, creating a sound…like the rock ‘n’ roll that grew out of it.” TIME Magazine raved that “they’re always hunting for – and finding – the perfect note or harmony that lifts an old tune into the sublime,” while The Washington Post praised their “soul-stirring harmonies” and “range of cross-genre collaborations,” and The New Yorker simply called them “legendary.”

“When the Blind Boys started out, we weren’t even thinking about all these accolades and all that stuff,” founding member Jimmy Carter told NPR. “We just wanted to get out and sing gospel and tell the world about gospel music.” Mission accomplished. (Biographical information from the group’s latest album project, “Almost Home“.)


Phillippe Box Office: 765-677-2610 or box.office@indwes.edu | *Stated ticket prices represent the base price and are subject to additional processing fees.

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Phillip Morton: MLK Award Winner

By: Dezaray Barr

State of Ohio 32 Annual MLK Commemorative Celebration Obtained from http://placestogoincolumbus.com/events/3952140-State-of-Ohio-32nd-Annual-MLK-Commemorative-Celebration/

State of Ohio 32 Annual MLK Commemorative Celebration
Obtained from http://placestogoincolumbus.com

Phillip Morton, a 1987 graduate of Marion College, received the Ohio Statewide annual MLK Commemorative Celebration Award in the category of social justice on January 12, 2017, in downtown Columbus.

“It was just a beautiful ceremony,” Morton said. “Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King… I’m just overwhelmed.”

Morton said he owes this award to Rushville, Indiana, where he grew up, but specifically his parents, his teachers, and the Wesley United Methodist Church.

“That’s where I started at and they believed in me,” he said. He also thanks the professors at Marion College, specifically Dr. Mike Fratzke, currently serving as a faculty at IWU and Dr. Ott.

After graduating from Marion College with a B.S. in Sociology, Morton choose to help misguided children at Star Commonwealth Schools in Van Wert, Ohio, since closed. Morton was a group leader for the program, which helped struggling and misguided children with their social and life skills, helping them grow in both their education and faith. Morton had the opportunity to be a role model to the children and teach them to believe in themselves.

“What Marion College taught me,” Morton said, “is that if you can get your mindset to the point where you can make a difference, just not in your life, but in the life of others… that’s what I left Marion College with: I can make a difference.”

Eventually, Morton found a greater need to work with adults. He is currently a Corrections Program Coordinator at Allen Oakwood Correctional Facility in Lima, Ohio where he now lives with his wife of 44 years and their two beautiful daughters.

“It’s no different. It’s still ministry,” said Morton about working in the correctional facility.

Although Morton is a success man, he aspires to give God all of his success. “First and foremost, I’m giving all the praise to the Lord Jesus Christ our heavenly father,” Morton said. “All the glory goes to Him… this award is a reflection of putting God first.”


Written by Dezaray Barr, PR Specialist for the Alumni Office. Dezaray is a sophomore Strategic Communication and Honors Humanities double major at Indiana Wesleyan University in the John Wesley Honors College. At IWU Dezaray is involved in PRSSA leadership and runs both the JWHC Blog and her own blog. Visit Dez’s website at www.dezaraybarr.weebly.com.