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MLK Gospel Concert Features Recording Artist Shawn Derritt

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 13, 2009) - UCM will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the 10th annual MLK Gospel Concert, planned for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, in Hendricks Hall.

The gospel concert is one of a variety of events that make up the university’s annual celebration. The 2009 concert is jointly sponsored by the UCM Office of Community Engagement and the Performing Arts Series. The public is invited to attend, free of charge.

Shawn P. Derritt
Shawn P. Derritt

Gospel Artist Shawn Derritt is Featured Performer

Featured performer for this year’s concert is gospel vocal artist Shawn P. Derritt of Kansas City. With more than 15 years experience as a worship leader, Derritt has written more than 80 songs and is a former worship leader of Sheffield Family Life Center in Kansas City. His CD release, “Someone Like Me,” is a collection of contemporary Christian Music with a touch of jazz, classical and rhythm and blues. He has been compared to recording artists like Luther Vandross, Al Green, Sam Cook and Donnie McClurkin.

Derritt has been featured at community events in the Kansas City area, including Christian Family Day 2008 in Smithville. He was the featured artist at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Faith and Family Day in 2008.

Area Choirs and Vocalists Also Will Perform

In addition, the concert will feature local performers, including the Shiloh Baptist Church Choir of Warrensburg, the Association of Black Collegians Choir from UCM, and the Campus Christian House in Warrensburg, with featured performer Ryan Shippy. Solo performers will be Shirley Briscoe and Tazma Whitney.

Service Learning Students to be Honored

Students who have spent the day participating in the MLK Collegiate Challenge, “A Day On, Not a Day Off,” the 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration service learning project, also will be recognized at the concert. The service learning project will bring to together UCM students to spend their holiday from classes completing service projects throughout the community. Not-for-profit agencies participating in the event include Survival: Adult Abuse Center, the Salvation Army, and Johnson County HELP. Projects will include winterizing a temporary homeless shelter, painting a room at a daycare center, and delivering meals to homes. For further information, contact Tiffany Bumpers at 660-543-8642.

Free Tickets Required

Although the concert is free of charge, those attended are asked to acquire free tickets to better allow management of reserved seating. The free tickets are available from the Performing Arts Series box office, Administration 100, 660-543-8888,, or from the box office one hour prior to performance.

The highlight of the 2009 Dr. Martin Luther Jr., Celebration will be the Freedom Scholarship Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the Elliott Union ballroom. Author, entrepreneur and philanthropist Christopher Gardner will be the featured speaker for the event. Tickets for the dinner are still available by calling the UCM Office of Community Engagement at 660-543-4156.

Learn more online about the 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, or contact the UCM Office of Community Engagement.