For immediate release:
March 23, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS — This year’s observance of U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s historic Indianapolis speech on the night of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 4 at the Kennedy-King Memorial in Martin Luther King, Jr., Park, which is located at 17th and Broadway in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will serve as the keynote speaker for the event, which is conducted annually to observe the talk Sen. Kennedy gave here in the wake of Dr. King’s death, a speech that is widely credited for easing the potential for racial tensions at the time.
In addition to observing the anniversary of the speech, there will also be tributes to three people who passed away in recent months: former State Rep. William A. Crawford; Amos Brown, radio personality at WTLC and community activist; and Mark St. John, who made his mark as a persistent advocate on social service issues.
Organizers also said there will be musical performances and discussions of some of the most immediate issues of the day, including hate crimes, workers’ rights, endemic poverty, and violent crime.In the event of inclement weather, the event will take place at Indianapolis Public School 27, located at 545 E. 19th Street.
Cosponsors for the event are Kroger, Indy Parks Department, Diane Simon, Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis Foundation, Citizens Neighborhood Coalition, King Park Community Development, and the NCAA.