27th Annual MLK Jr. Holiday Celebration

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC) and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission will host the State of Indiana’s 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Celebration on Friday, January 12, 2018 at the Indiana Statehouse.

This year’s celebration with take part over three days with three commemorative events marking the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. The program will include a keynote performance reminding us of Dr. King’s legacy past,present and future, the presentation of the 2018 Freedom Award, Chairman’s Award, and Trailblazer Award.

The program, which is open to the public for no charge, begins at 12:00 p.m. and is expected to bring together hundreds of students, state employees, local and state government officials, human rights agencies and Indiana residents from across the state to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. represented inclusivity and peaceful protest as he set out on his mission for equality. In remembrance of him, in partnership with the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc Iota Lambda Chapter, there will be a Wreath Placing ceremony, Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 6 p.m. in front of the South side of the Indiana War Memorial: Soldiers and Sailors Monument. The following day, to open the Holiday Celebration, Indiana leaders, youth and AFSCME 725 workers will march the wreath into the Statehouse to commence the program. In tradition with year’s past there will be a day of service at Watkins Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.