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Martin Luther King Jr. Day events planned for central Indiana

Events in Indianapolis, celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, will begin Wednesday, Jan. 13.
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FILE- In this Aug. 28, 1963, black-and-white file photo Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Former South African president Nelson Mandela never met with King but the two fought for the same issues at the same time on two different continents. Mandela said in a 1964 speech that he was prepared to die to see his dream of a society where blacks and whites were equal become reality. King was killed by an assassin's bullet while working for that same dream.(AP Photo/File)

INDIANAPOLIS — Events in Indianapolis, celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, will begin Wednesday, Jan. 13.

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission (MLKIHC), Indiana Black Expo, Inc., and AFSCME Local 725 will host two separate events.

On Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m., a Wreath Placing Ceremony will be held at the Indiana War Memorial: Soldiers and Sailors Monument. A special "Shining a Light" presentation honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will begin following the Signature Salute every night at 6:30, 8 and 10 p.m. from Jan. 13 to Jan. 18. Families are invited to witness both a continuing and new tradition of honoring Dr. King's life and legacy. This ceremony will also be aired live on Facebook.

Thursday, Jan. 14, ICRC will host the first ever virtual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Indiana Holiday Celebration at noon. The program will consist of the governor and other elected officials to honor Dr. King, a local youth performance, as well as a ceremony acknowledging four individuals with leadership and service awards for their tireless contributions in the state of Indiana.

"These two days of celebration have been designed to promote and strengthen family bonds, unity and peace in our diverse communities throughout the state of Indiana," said Gregory Wilson, ICRC executive director.

The program's keynote speaker will be Pastor James Jackson of Fervent Prayer Church in Indianapolis and will feature addresses from Gov. Eric Holcomb and others. 

Both events are free and open to the public. To register for the online event, click here.


Fishers Parks is distributing 500 fill-in-the-blank style yard signs and markers on a first-come, first-served basis for residents to fill in with their dreams and display in their yard for a driving tour celebration. The final pickup opportunity is Jan. 12 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Fishers Parks office (11565 Brooks School Road). 

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Participants have the option to submit their home to the online driving tour map, so others can travel around the community to see the decorated signs. After the celebration, residents can recycle their signs by dropping them off at the Fishers Parks office between noon and 6 p.m. on Jan. 20 and 21.