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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

450 W. Ohio St., Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Indianapolis, IN 46202


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In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy, enjoy programs, service activities and free admission to the Indiana Experience. Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on this day to serve their neighbors and communities. Join us on this National Day of Service to learn more about homelessness in our community, and lend a hand with our projects.

Schedule of Events:

  • Madam Walker Legacy Center
    10 am-noon
    Join the Madam Walker Legacy Center for their MLK Day of Celebration festivities at the History Center as the Walker Theatre undergoes an exciting renovation.

  • Collecting and Storytelling of the Civil Rights Movement
    12:45 pm
    Feel free to bring your own civil rights mementos and participate in a discussion with IHS Coordinator of African-American History Susan L. Hall-Dotson about the importance of sharing and preserving your memories of the civil rights movement.

  • Griot Drum Ensemble
    1:30 and 3:30 pm
    Enjoy high-energy African-influenced drumming, dance and storytelling at its best. Hear wonderful African folktales accompanied by mellow traditional instruments. Participate in the music and learn about traditional African instruments.

  • First Aid Kit Packing
    10 am-4 pm
    Join us as we pack care packages to benefit the HealthNet Homeless Initiative.

  • Write a Letter
    10 am-4 pm
    Write an encouraging letter or draw a picture for someone experiencing homelessness.

  • Make Your Own Activism Poster
    10 am-4 pm
    Learn about current causes to engage in and organizations that have stood up to fight throughout history.

  • Homelessness Talk
    2:30 and 4:30 pm
    Join the HealthNet Homeless Initiative Program to find out more about what causes homelessness in our city and what you can do to help.

  • Local Speech, Global Reach
    10 am-5 pm
    Take in a traveling exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of King’s death and Kennedy’s speech created by IHS and the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative.

  • Library Case Exhibits
    10 am-5 pm
    Take a look at items relating to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement from the IHS collections and items from the Madam C.J. Walker Collection.