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
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.
GREGORY W. PORTER, CHAIR
Indiana State Representative
ANNE LAKER, VICE CHAIR
Director of Communications & Admin
Indiana Forest Alliance
CHUCK WILLIAMS, SECRETARY
Senior Vice President
JOHN ELLIOTT, TREASURER
President and CEO
Innovcare-Innovative Healthcare Real Estate
JUDGE DAVID DREYER
Marion Superior Court, Civil 10
State of Indiana House of Representatives
President & CEO
Indiana Historical Society
Lindsey B. MINTZ
Jewish Community Relations Council
Director of Community Outreach
Office of the Mayor
Sheryl D. Richardson
Sr. Manager Community Relations
Indianapolis Parks & Recreation
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 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.