Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 18, 2016
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with free admission, performances, programs and service opportunities, as well as the award winning Indiana Experience.
In the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater, watch a short play featuring Hoosier reactions to Robert F. Kennedy's speech in Indianapolis the night Dr. King was assassinated. The theater will also be home to a special performance by the Griot Drum Ensemble at 1:30 p.m. This high-energy presentation will treat visitors to African folktales accompanied by traditional instruments. Guests can fill in a dream cloud with words or pictures featuring their own hopes for the future.
In the William H. Smith Memorial Library, visitors can view original materials from our collections relating to Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement in Indiana. Wilma Moore, IHS senior archivist on African-American History, will lead discussions on those Hoosier ties and how our collections help tell the history of Indiana's black communities. The IHS traveling exhibition Who is a Hoosier? will be on display, courtesy of Kroger.
Another important element of the day-long celebration is service. Guests are invited to help pack care packages to benefit Wheeler Mission, with items provided by Target. HealthNet will be collecting new or gently used cold-weather items – hats, gloves, socks, coats and hand warmers – for its Homeless Initiative Program in honor of Jill Buck and two of her children, 10-year-old Branson and 8-year-old A.J., who were killed in a multicar crash on I-65 in July. The Center Grove mother was an optometrist and beloved colleague.