Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Millions of Americans are expected to honor Dr. King and answer President Obama's call to service by volunteering on the January 19 King Holiday. More than 11,400 service projects are taking place across the country, more than double last year. Americans will make it "a day on, not a day off" by delivering meals, refurbishing schools, reading to children, signing up mentors, and much, much more.

Find a volunteer event in central Indiana.

The following events are scheduled for Monday, January 19th, in honor of Martin Luther King Day. See Indy Downtown Inc. for more events.

• 16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Breakfast. This free event encourages youth to embrace Dr. King's non-violent principles of respect, dignity and stability, while highlighting the importance of education and youth leadership. At George Washington Community High School, 2215 W. Washington St. Breakfast is served from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and the program runs from 10-noon. Christamore House: 317-635-7211.

• The Children's Museum will offer free admission.

• The Indiana Historical Society - The society presents its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration. Family activities and crafts, discussions, spoken word, storytelling, and dance and musical performances from the Asante Children's Theatre, Kenyetta Dance Company, Tasha Jones and the Write Me Project and The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. The Martin Luther King Community Center will present their annual "Living the Legacy" award in the afternoon. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St. Free admission. 317-232-1882.

• Indianapolis Museum of Art - Free programs and activities from noon-6 p.m., including art-making activities, guided tours and, at 6 p.m. in the Tobias Theater, a performance of The Music, Martin & Me. The presentation uses photographs, video, spoken word and a diverse stylistic mix of live music to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s impact. Free tickets are available the day of the performance. 317-923-1331.

• The Madame Walker Theatre Center presents "Keep the Dream Alive" at 12:15 p.m. The event follows the Freedom Walk, which begins at noon at the Indianapolis Urban League, down the street from the theatre at 777 Indiana Ave. A procession will make its way down the sidewalk to the theater. 317-236-2099.
• University of Indianapolis - Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration from noon to 1:30 pm at the Ransburg Auditorium. Patricia Russell-McCloud (former Federal Communications Commission attorney) is featured speaker. The free program will also include music by the campus Jazz Combo and Concert Choir. 317-788-3583.

• White River State Park - Free admission to park attractions with a canned good donation to Gleaners Food Bank, and free parking. Guests on MLK Day can register to win a trip for four to Washington, D.C.

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