Many of you in the Indiana area are going to have this Monday off, and many of you who have the day off are going to be entertaining youngsters who also have the day off from school. Well for those of you willing to brave the chilly winds and below freezing temperatures on Monday, you’ll find that there is plenty to do to celebrate and educate you and your family about the Martin Luther King Day all around Indiana.
In northwest Indiana, Valparaiso University will be hosting a week of activities with many of the activities centered on the law school. On Wednesday, there will be the Martin Bell celebration and lecture at the Brauer Museum of Art. Thursday, January 19th, will feature a mock trial at the law school titled “Dress Code or Islamophobia.” Also in northern Indiana, Fort Wayne will celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Monday at the African/African American Historical Society and a conference at the Unity Day Celebration hosted at the Grand Wayne Convention Center.
The city of Indianapolis is hosting many activities around the city on the Monday holiday. Activities start with a freedom walk from the Madame Walker Theatre at 9 a.m. Afterward there will be a panel discussion “Civil Rights in America: Then, Now and tomorrow.” At 11 am, join the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation at the Rhythm Discovery Center for a jazz concert to celebrate Dr. King. All day long you can join together at the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park for storytelling and role playing to reimagine Dr. King’s dream. Finally, the Peace Learning Center’s will be holding its 18th Annual MLK Community Festival all day.
Many of Indianapolis’ best exhibits throw their doors open for the King Holiday. While the Indianapolis Zoo is usually closed on Mondays, there will be free admission to the park this Monday. Of course the Children’s Museum is free and will have special storytelling session all day. The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and the NCAA Hall of Champions offer entry for a can food donations. The Indiana State Museum and the Indianapolis Museum of Art will also have free entry for anyone with a food donation. The Museum of Art plans a free day of performances by local poets and singers.