A wreath will be laid to honor the lives of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and those lost due to COVID-19 on Sunday at the Landmark for Peace Memorial sculpture located in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park.
Each year, the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative commemorates the civil rights leader and recalls Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s historic speech in Indianapolis the evening Dr. King was killed.
“On April 4, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy enlightened and inspired a crowd gathered in Indianapolis and conveyed a moving message of peace and forgiveness in the midst of violence across the country following the assassination of Dr. King,” said Darryl Lockett, executive director of the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative. “On this day, it is important to honor the life of Dr. King and to use the commemoration as a time of reflection and inspiration to guide us as we work to diminish racial conflict, inspire courageous action and strengthen our city and country as a whole.”
Lockett said it’s also important to use the commemoration to work on overcoming challenges.
“At this time the leader of the civil rights movement was lost, but hope wasn’t lost and that’s the same thing that we must cling to today,” Lockett said. “You know, 2020 presented challenges for all of us. Whether it was the global pandemic or renewed cries for social and racial justice.”
The Landmark for Peace Memorial sculpture, located within Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1702 N. Broadway St., is open daily from dawn to dusk.
The organization encourages visitors and the community to follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.
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