Pause, reflect and remember Civil Rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) hosts a free day of special programs on Monday, Jan. 18.
The daylong celebration takes place 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.
Guests can learn about the anthems of the marches and demonstrations of the Civil Rights era. From spirituals to ballads, these songs are the soundtrack to celebrate the vibrant and resilient heritage of Black Americans.
Also, learn how IHS is continuing to preserve stories of marches and demonstrations through Project Take a Stand, a collecting initiative of African American history in Indiana including issues of police brutality, systemic racism and efforts to stand up to these issues.
Free admission provides access to IHS’s You Are There exhibits, including You Are There 1915: Madam C.J. Walker, Empowering Women; You Are There 1927: Gennett Studio; and the newest exhibit, You Are There 1920: Celebrate Indianapolis!
In order to ensure proper social distancing, advance tickets are required. Per CDC guidelines, all guests (except those under age 2) are required to provide and wear a cloth face covering or mask.
In addition to the on-site daylong celebration, IHS offers a special History Happy Hour: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Indiana. This free program takes place on Thursday, Jan. 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. online via Zoom. On the eve of Rev. Dr. King’s birthday, join IHS Coordinator of African American History Susan L. Hall Dotson to hear the stories and impact of this important leader on the Hoosier state.
IHS’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration is supported by the Robin and Charlitta Winston Family Fund for African American History and is in partnership with The Center for Black Literature & Culture. History Happy Hour is presented by Lake City Bank and supported by the Robin and Charlitta Winston Family Fund for African American History.