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The Kennedy King Memorial Initiative builds on the historical events of April 4, 1968, to raise awareness, provoke thought and inspire action to eliminate division and injustice.

The Kennedy King Memorial Initiative became a 501(C) 3 nonprofit organization in 2015.

We have big dreams and concrete plans to transform the Martin Luther King Park campus into a center where people, institutions, and community partners can come together in bold dialogue and purposeful action.

The violent deaths of Kennedy and King call for candid and courageous conversations on how individuals, families and communities can address this scourge that wounds civil society. We are:

Creating original programs that teach, support, and inspire
Convening candid and courageous conversations
Collaborating with organizations that align with our mission
Cultivating a strong and vital King Park community

Our Mission


Our Plan

In 2016, the Lilly Endowment funded a comprehensive effort to assess the community’s unmet needs and the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative’s potential to address them.

Our Strategic Plan is the result of that effort and the guiding document for the work of the Initiative as we move forward.


Our Board

GREGORY W. PORTER, CHAIR

Indiana State Representative

ANNE LAKER, VICE CHAIR

Director of Communications & Admin
Indiana Forest Alliance

CHUCK WILLIAMS, SECRETARY

Senior Vice President
Emmis, Indianapolis

JOHN ELLIOTT, TREASURER

President and CEO
Gleaners

Tyson Chastain

President/Principal
Innovcare-Innovative Healthcare Real Estate

Jan Diggins

Community Volunteer

JUDGE DAVID DREYER

Marion Superior Court, Civil 10

Ashley Gurvitz

Legislative Assistant
State of Indiana House of Representatives

JOHN HERBST

President & CEO
Indiana Historical Society

Lindsey B. MINTZ

Executive Director
Jewish Community Relations Council

Cameron Radford

Director of Community Outreach
Office of the Mayor

Sheryl D. Richardson

Sr. Manager Community Relations
Indianapolis Parks & Recreation

Roderick Wheeler

Senior Program Director
USA Funds/National Engagement

 

 

 


When our hearts were broken

Two original members of the Kennedy King family died in 2014.
They will inspire us always.

Bill Crawford

Bill was inspired by what happened on April 4, 1968, and that inspiration became a fire that burned brightly for decades. His leadership, his integrity, his decency will all be deeply missed.

 

Mark St. John

Mark was a fierce advocate for low-income Hoosiers, those with HIV/AIDS, senior citizens, the homeless, and those with mental illness and physical disabilities.


Contact Us

To contact the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative, please email our Executive Director, Amy Distaulo.

The Kennedy King Memorial Initiative
601 East 17th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202