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


Indiana State Representative

Chuck Williams, Vice Chair

Community Volunteer

Anne Laker, Treasurer

Director of Communications & Admin
Indiana Forest Alliance

Cameron Radford, Secretary

Director of Community Outreach
Office of the Mayor

Tyson Chastain

Innovcare-Innovative Healthcare Real Estate

Jan Diggins

Community Volunteer

Judge David Dreyer

Marion Superior Court, Civil 10

Ashley Gurvitz

Community Development Manager
Eastern Star Church

Lindsey B. Mintz

Executive Director
Indy Jewish Community Relations Council

Sheryl D. Richardson

Sr. Manager Community Relations
Indy Parks


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 Lena Hackett, Managing Partner, Community Solutions Inc. 

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