The 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death is April 4, 2018. In preparation for the celebration of his remarkable life, the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative is hosting an event on June 6 as a way for visitors to learn about this historic moment in history.
Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy shared a special bond over peace and unity. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Later that day, Kennedy was expected to speak in Indianapolis. Kennedy's team advised him to cancel his speech due to safety concerns, but Kennedy decided to continue with his plans. That evening, Kennedy’s speech encouraged citizens to express love and peace to one another. As a result of Kennedy’s speech, Indy was one of the only cities that did not riot the night of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assignation.
Every year on June 6, the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative celebrates the life of Robert F. Kennedy. This year's event will begin at 6 pm with a welcome from Judge David Dreyer, the 50th anniversary chair, followed by a greeting from Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. The evening will continue with musical entertainment and community keynote speakers. Donald Boggs, producer of the movie “A Ripple of Hope,” which highlights the importance of Kennedy’s speech in Indianapolis, will speak at the event."Speak Truth To Power: Voices From Beyond The Dark" a play by Ariel Dorfman based upon the book by Kerry Kennedy, will take place at 16 Park Community Center (Old School 27) at 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
The Indianapolis Martin Luther King Park showcases the Kennedy King Memorial. Years after visiting Indianapolis, Kennedy revisited to announce a national competition to build a “Landmark for Peace.” During his visit, Kennedy spoke the following words, “why don’t we make a monument to peace where all of us can live together, not with walls coming up but with walls tearing down, so we can go forward together.” Help honor a moment in history and its significance of peace and unity for the city of Indianapolis at the Robert F. Kennedy Remembrance Celebration.