In honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s service to communities, the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is celebrating community and Dr. King’s birthday through music and story as part of a daylong celebration on Monday, January 16.
Guests are invited to enjoy free admission and special programs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.
Music of all types played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement. Spirituals, gospel and folk music became a comfort and tool shared with activists at large meetings and rallies as well as through publications. These songs were meant to motivate during long demonstrations, provide strength against brutality and pass the time. While the lyrics of Freedom Songs can clearly read as open in their commitment to the Civil Rights Movement, the changing sound of these songs personified and revitalized Black pride, too.
On January 16, visitors to the Indiana History Center are welcome to listen to storytelling, learn more about gospel and protest music and enjoy a concert from Keisha Ballinger and the University United Methodist Church Praise Team from 2-4 p.m.
In addition, guests are encouraged to continue the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by supporting local community organizations like Charity Cares Clothing Closet. If you would like to donate to Charity Cares Clothing Closet, please bring brand-new socks or underwear of all kids sizes or a cash donation.
IHS’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration is presented by The Charlitta and Robin Winston Family Fund for African American History.
For more information about IHS’s offerings, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org