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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 16, 2017

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 and 4 p.m. This high-energy presentation will treat visitors to African folktales accompanied by traditional instruments.

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. Throughout the day 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.

In Eli Lilly Hall, guests can fill in a dream cloud with words or pictures featuring their own hopes for the future. 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 HealthNet Homeless Initiative Program, with items provided by Target, and the Gentle Dentist. HealthNet will also 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 2015. The Center Grove mother was an optometrist and beloved colleague.

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