April 23, 2021

Kennedy King Memorial Initiative Unveils New Permanent Exhibit

Kennedy King Memorial Initiative Unveils New Permanent Exhibit

A new exhibit unveiled Friday features the historic significance of Robert F. Kennedy’s speech in Indianapolis announcing the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Still We Reach, highlights progress made by African-Americans and other minorities seeking inclusion and equity in Indianapolis. Executive Director of the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative Darryl Lockett said the exhibit portrays the important role Indianapolis played on April 4, 1968 and more.

“We'll also start with the experience of African-Americans here in Indianapolis dating back to 1827, the progress that has been made in schools and around education, in housing, in working in play, and recreation spaces,” Lockett said. “We talk about the grief inspired activism that exists today with renewed cries for social justice and racial healing and understanding.”

Lockett said he hopes the exhibit urges visitors to do more in their communities.

“We deliver a call to action inspiring each and every individual to roll up their sleeves and to commit their hands, their hearts and their heads to making the community they want to see to strengthen in Indianapolis and to arriving ultimately at the beloved community that Dr. King spoke of,” Lockett said.

The exhibit is inside the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative Cultural Visitors Center at the Kennedy King Park Center on Indianapolis’ near eastside. The exhibit is currently open by appointment only due to COVID-19, but admission is free. 

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