State Rep. Gregory Porter will be the keynote speaker at a Tuesday, April 4, program at MLK Park marking the 55th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination – and the speech Sen. Robert Kennedy made that evening very near the site of the park’s Landmark for Peace, a speech credited with preventing the type of backlash which took part in other cities.
Sponsored by the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative, the program’s theme will be “Still We Reach, Breaking New Ground,” with the event dedicated to the life and legacy of Dr. King’s commitment and message on social progress and equality for all.
The event will also highlight proposed improvements to MLK Park that will further tell the stories of King and Kennedy and their impact on the community.
Porter, also the chair of the Memorial Initiative’s Board of Directors, will focus his talk on peace, progress, good trouble and the future of central Indiana.
KKMI will award two community organization awards during the event to Indiana Humanities and the Indianapolis Colts for their dedication and contribution to ensure the organization is able to continue its mission set forth by King and Kennedy to create a more just and equitable society.
The public program will run from 5 to 7 p.m. and also feature Mayor Joe Hogsett, the Rev. Dr. Tom Brown, retired pastor of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, and Indy Parks & Recreation Director Phyllis Boyd.
PHOTO ABOVE: The Landmark for Peace sculpture is located in MLK Park at 1701 Broadway St.