April 4, 2021
The Kennedy King Memorial Initiative (KKMI), in partnership with Visit Indy, Indiana Sports Corp and Indy Parks, has reimagined in consideration of the pandemic the 53rd commemoration of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s famous speech in Indianapolis on April 4, 1968, the night Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed.
A wreath will be laid to honor the lives of Dr. King and those lost due to COVID-19 the morning of Sunday, April 4, 2021, at the Landmark for Peace Memorial sculpture located in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The organization encourages visitors and the community to follow social distancing and face covering guidelines and visit the site throughout the day as a way to reflect and channel the spirit of equality and compassion so central to both men’s legacies and which is still so relevant today.
Sen. Kennedy is inextricably linked in the story of Indianapolis for the extraordinary courage and strength he displayed in the wake of the assassination of Dr. King on the evening of April 4, 1968. Each year, the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative commemorates Dr. King and recalls Kennedy’s historic speech. Despite being urged to cancel his appearance, Kennedy delivered an impromptu speech from the back of a flatbed truck to a crowd who had not yet heard the news about Dr. King. His moving message of peace and forgiveness was offered in the midst of violence across the country. His words left a deep impression on all who heard it and while America burned and rioted that night, Indianapolis was peaceful.
The Landmark for Peace Memorial sculpture, located within Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, is open daily from dawn to dusk.