April 4, 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of one of Indianapolis’ best moments.

We’re using it to create another.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s extraordinary speech, we are deep into developing an event that not only commemorates the tragic loss our country suffered that day, but also the legacy of peace and pursuit of equity that our community has been committed to. We believe this Commemoration will be the anchor for an ongoing legacy for this park and the city of Indianapolis to be known as “the place” where the values of both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy come alive. We are growing the group of community members, leaders and stakeholders who have pledged to support this legacy. Please join us.

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Commemorative programs calendar

1968–2017: MARKING 50 YEARS since the loss of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy’s historic Indianapolis speech

FEBRUARY 27, 2018 / 3:00-8:30 PM
517 W. 30TH STREET 

This lecture by Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas is free and open to the public. "How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon," will be available for $20, with a book signing following the lecture. Presented by the PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric at Christian Theological Seminary, New Era Church, and KKMI.

3:00 Welcome
4:15 Facilitated Panel Discussion & Community Forum
5:45 Fellowship Dinner (RSVP required)
7:00 Worship Service with Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby

March 13, 2018 / 5 PM
Jabberwocky at Indy Fringe basile theatre
719 East St. Clair Street 

Jabberwocky is a themed storytelling night. Hear the voices of a trio of people who witnessed Robert Kennedy’s speech in 1968 and hear the impact that historic moment had on their lives. Reflect with these witnesses on progress and struggles for racial and civil equality over the last 50 years. FREE EVENT. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Event begins at 5:30 pm. 

Presented by IndyFringe and Storytelling Arts of Indiana

March 22, 24-25 & 29-31, 2018
Dear Bobby at indy fringe basile theatre
719 East St. Clair Street

Two teen girls—one black, one Jewish—anticipate the arrival of Bobby Kennedy to Indianapolis for very different reasons. This was a moment in history when everyone had to decide whether to stand separately, or, in the words of Bobby Kennedy, “make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand.” The world premiere of Dear Bobby, written by Angela Jackson-Brown, directed by Deborah Asante of the Asante Children’s Theatre,, musical direction by Mark Duerson, will run as part of ONYXFest, IndyFringe's annual festival celebrating African American playwrights. 

Dear Bobby is supported by a Heritage Support Grant provided by the Indiana Historical Society and made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc.

Thursday Mar 22nd, 7:00PM

Saturday Mar 24th, 5:00PM

Sunday Mar 25th, 5:00PM

Thursday Mar 29th, 7:00PM

Friday Mar 30th, 7:30PM

Saturday Mar 31st, 5:00PM

April, 2018    
Greater Indianapolis African-American History & Civil Rights Map 

Look for the launch of an important new resource: a digital map documenting historic sites of note in the struggle for African-American civil rights, all across greater Indianapolis. From Martin Luther King Jr. Park to the Ransom Place Historic District, discover and visit places that mattered on the road to equality.

April 3, 2018 / 5:30 PM reception; 7 PM screening; 8 PM panel
a Ripple of Hope
Eugene and Marilyn Glick
Indiana History Center
450 West Ohio Street 

This acclaimed documentary by filmmaker Don Boggs sheds light on the fateful night of April 4, 1968 in Indianapolis. If you’ve seen this definitive take on this historic moment, now is the perfect time to revisit the powerful true story. If you’ve never seen it, now you can. Enjoy a pre-film reception and the film,  A Ripple of Hope (2008, 55 mins.) — followed by a panel discussion.

Presented by Kennedy King Memorial Initiative, Anderson University, Heartland Film, and Indiana Historical Society


April 4, 2018 at 10:30 AM
Still We Reach: Community Reflection & Conversation
with John Lewis & Kerry Kennedy
Landmark for Peace Memorial
1702 N Broadway Street

Congressman, author and civil rights pioneer John Lewis joins with Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and daughter of RFK, and other national and local dignitaries, for reflections on the lasting influence of these two men. 

April 4, 2018 at 5:00 PM
Still We Reach: KKMI 50th Commemoration Ceremony
Landmark for Peace Memorial
1702 N Broadway Street                      

Join national and local dignitaries for the official commemoration event, featuring songs, remarks and remembrances by civic leaders, religious leaders, artists, and more.


50th Anniversary Honorary Co-Chairs

Hon. Joseph Hogsett
Mayor, City of Indianapolis

Hon. Eric Holcomb
Governor, State of Indiana

Kerry Kennedy
President, RFK Human Rights

James Morris
Vice Chairman, Pacers Sports and Entertainment

William Shrewsberry
President/CEO, Shrewsberry & Associates

Diane Simon
Founder, Global Green USA

Hon. Billie Breaux
Senator, Indiana General Assembly (ret.)
Marion County Auditor (ret.)

50th Anniversary Honorary Committee

Hon. Jean Breaux
Indiana Senate 34th District, State of Indiana

Rep. Susan Brooks
U.S. House of Representatives, 5th Congressional District of Indiana

Rev. Thomas Brown
Retired Senior Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church

Michael Browning
President, Browning

Rep. Andre Carson
U.S. House of Representatives, 7th Congressional District of Indiana

Hon. Joe Donnelly
U.S. Senate

Michael Huber
President, Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce

John Herbst
President & CEO, Indiana Historical Society

Rev. Jeffrey Johnson
Pastor, Eastern Star Church

Derek King
Professor, Martin University

Hon. Maggie Lewis
President, Indianapolis Marion County City-County Council

Hon. Teresa Lubbers
Commissioner for Higher Education, Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Hon. Michael McQuillen
Minority Leader, Indianapolis Marion County City-County Council

Mark Miles
CEO, Hulman & Company

Hon. Vop Osili
Councilman, Indianapolis City County Council

Brian Payne
President and CEO, Central Indiana Community Foundation

Sonja Robinson
Director of Minority Inclusion, NCAA

Rob Smith
President, Eli Lilly Foundation

Jeff Smulyan
President, Emmis Communications

John Thompson
President and CEO, First Electric Supply

Joe Whitsett
Principal, TWG Development

Hon. Todd Young
U.S. Senate