THANK YOU FOR SHARING THESE HISTORIC MOMENTS, INDIANAPOLIS.
links, photos and remembrances from the April 4, 2018 commemoration events will be added as they become available.
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April 4, 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of a deeply moving moment in Indianapolis history.
Join us in a commemoration that advances that commitment to peace.
On the 50th anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s extraordinary speech, we hope that you will plan to join us for 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. 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 have partnered with community members, leaders and stakeholders who have pledged to support this legacy. Please read below for information about these impactful events that have been created to inspire reflection, conversation, and action.
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
LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING: HOW TO PREACH A DANGEROUS SERMON
NEW ERA CHURCH
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.
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.
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 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.
April 4, 2018 at 10:30 AM
Still We Reach: Community Reflection & Conversation
with John Lewis & Kerry Kennedy
updated indoor location:
center for inquiry school 27
545 E. 19th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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.
The entire April 4 10:30 a.m. event, Still We Reach: Community Reflection & Conversation with John Lewis and Kerry Kennedy, can be streamed to any computer or mobile device thanks to our partners at WTHR.
This live stream will also be presented in the atrium of Central Library in downtown Indianapolis.
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.
Commemoration weather, parking, and bus service info
Despite recent heavy rains and storms, the two 50th Anniversary Commemorative events will go on as planned, with slight adjustments, for April 4 at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The 10:30 am event will be outdoors. Weather has prevented us from providing the tent that was planned, so please dress for weather during the 90-minute event. Those who cannot attend can watch the morning event at Central Library or LIVE STREAM from any mobile device.
Last minute change for 5:00 pm event: This has been moved INDOORS to Center for Inquiry School 27 immediately west of the park, at 545 E. 19th Street. Thank you, CFI!
In recognition of the 50th Anniversary commemorative events, IndyGo will offer free rides on April 4, and transit routes to and from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park at 17th and Broadway will have boosted service.
In addition, biking is encouraged and additional bike racks will be available.
Heavy traffic is expected near the memorial site on April 4, 2018, the heaviest between 9 a.m.–Noon and 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Recommended parking options:
Health & Hospital Corp: 1660 N. College Ave.
Grace Apostolic Church: 649 E. 22nd St. (lot across the street from main building)
Mt. Helm Missionary Baptist Church: 1602 N College Ave (eastern side of lot)
McGuire Scenic: 1833 N New Jersey St
Footlite: 1840 N New Jersey St
Kroger: 16th & Central
IUPUI Civil Discourse Symposium and Diversity Speaker’s Series
The IUPUI Office of Intercultural Literacy, Capacity and Engagement and its partners are pleased to offer the IUPUI Civil Discourse Symposium and Diversity Speaker’s Series, featuring Kimberlé Crenshaw, and to support campus- and city-wide events related to the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination and Robert Kennedy’s speech in Indianapolis.
Tuesday, April 3, Noon – 2:00 p.m.
READER’S THEATER: April 4, 1968: Before We Forgot How to Dream
IUPUI Campus Center Atrium
Stop by and observe this dramatic reading written by James Still, IRT Playwright-in-Residence, this play provides an intimate look at an Indiana family’s collision with history when Bobby Kennedy delivered his powerful speech in Indianapolis on the night of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. IUPUI students will read portions of this play to provide students and others perspective and engender interest in events on April 4 and 5.
Co-directors: Jan DeWester, Senior Lecturer in Communication Studies, and Courtney Mohler, Assistant Professor, Theatre Program, Butler University.
Wednesday, April 4, 3:00 – 6:30 p.m.
DRIVE TOWARDS PEACE
Shuttle to 50th Anniversary Commemoration at Landmark for Peace Memorial
Be a part of the 50th anniversary commemoration of Robert F. Kennedy’s historic speech in Indianapolis on the evening of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Join the community celebration at the Landmark for Peace memorial in downtown’s MLK Park. Sign up for a free shuttle to and from the memorial (1702 N. Broadway St.) Visit our Facebook Event.
Thursday, April 5, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
FIFTY YEARS AFTER
IUPUI Campus Center, Room CE 307
50 Years after Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination: How is America of Today Different from What We Thought it Would Be 50 Years Ago?
Speaker: Dr. Kevin D. Brown, Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law, IU Maurer School of Law
Presented by: IUPUI Equal Opportunity Council and IUPUI Office of Equal Opportunity
Thursday, April 5, Noon – 1:15 p.m.
K(NO)W VOICE, K(NO)W POWER: Reflections on Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy
IUPUI Campus Center, Room 305
Reflecting on Kennedy’s speech, this interactive activity will explore the power of words and conversation to persuade and build empathy.
Presented by: IUPUI Office of Intercultural Literacy, Capacity and Engagement, and the Departments of Communication Studies, English, and American Studies
Thursday, April 5, 6:00 p.m.
AN EVENING WITH KIMBERLÉ CRENSHAW, “THE URGENCY OF INTERSECTIONALITY”
Madame Walker Theater Center, 617 Indiana Ave.
Speaker: Kimberlé Crenshaw, Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
Sponsored by: IUPUI Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
50th Anniversary Honorary Co-Chairs
Hon. Joseph Hogsett
Mayor, City of Indianapolis
Hon. Eric Holcomb
Governor, State of Indiana
President, RFK Human Rights
Vice Chairman, Pacers Sports and Entertainment
President/CEO, Shrewsberry & Associates
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
Rep. Andre Carson
U.S. House of Representatives, 7th Congressional District of Indiana
Hon. Joe Donnelly
President, Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce
President & CEO, Indiana Historical Society
Rev. Jeffrey Johnson
Pastor, Eastern Star Church
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
CEO, Hulman & Company
Hon. Vop Osili
Councilman, Indianapolis City County Council
President and CEO, Central Indiana Community Foundation
Director of Minority Inclusion, NCAA
President, Eli Lilly Foundation
President, Emmis Communications
President and CEO, First Electric Supply
Principal, TWG Development
Hon. Todd Young