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Events to commemorate March on Washington

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Aug. 20, 2013


INDIANAPOLIS - The King-Kennedy Memorial Initiative (KKMI) is hosting two events in Indianapolis to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which was highlighted by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech, “I Have a Dream.”

On Monday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m., several panelists will discuss “‘I Have a Dream’ 50 Years Later – What Does it Mean?” The 7 p.m. event at the Indiana Historical Society Auditorium, 450 West Ohio St., will feature Dr. Rufus Burrows, professor of Christian Thought and also Theological Social Ethics at the Christian Theological Seminary; Dr. Monroe Little, associate professor of History at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and Professor Kevin Brown from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

On Wednesday, Aug. 28, “Marching for the American Dream” will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the King-Kennedy Park, 601 E. 17th St. in front of the Landmark for Peace Memorial. The Rev. Michael K. Jones, senior pastor at Progressive Baptist Church, and Indiana AFL-CIO President Nancy Guyott will speak. Other honored guests will include U.S. Rep. Andre Carson and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

KKMI is a group that originated from the inspiration of Sen. Robert Kennedy’s historic speech on April 4, 1968 in Indianapolis on the night of Dr. King’s assassination. Marion County Superior Court Judge David Dreyer and former State Rep. William Crawford co-chair the organization. KKMI is committed to making the Landmark for Peace Memorial into a national destination. The memorial’s design celebrates the work and principles of Dr. King and Sen. Kennedy. It serves as a symbol for peace, social justice and nonviolence.

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