Highlights from Monday's calendar in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose life and work epitomized the ideals of hope and possibility that humans can rise above their baser instincts and insist on more just and equitable civilization.
UIndy's MLK Celebration: I Have a Dream at Noon, Evening with Marvin Sapp
Mon., Jan. 20, noon and 6 p.m., University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
The noon program in Ransburg Auditorium will begin with a recording of King's "I have a dream" speech from the 1963 March on Washington, as students carry picket signs to dramatize the march. The keynote speaker will be Rozelle Boyd, who attended the historic march and later became the first African-American member of the City-County Council, serving more than 40 years. Faculty and students will provide historical context and music to complete the program. The 6 p.m. event in the ChristelDeHaan Fine Arts Center will include an hour of music from Sapp and UIndy's Voices of Worship gospel choir. The program will begin with spoken-word performances by poets Jasmine Mans and Miles Hodges, members of the New York-based performance collective The Strivers Row. Seating is limited, and doors will open at 5 p.m.
IUPUI's MLK Dinner with Jasmine Guy
Mon., Jan. 20, 6-9 p.m., Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 W. Washington St.
Actress Jasmine Guy will give the keynote presentation at the IUPUI MLK celebration. Guy, famous for her roles in both Fame andA Different World, has experienced and triumphed over a host of discrimination issues in her journey through the entertainment business. She is a frequent presenter of motivational speeches around the county. "This year's King Celebration Dinner theme, "Press On and Keep Pressing," is taken from a 1956 speech by King. It acknowledges that African Americans have accomplished so much, and yet there is a need to press on until "there are no more Trayvon Martins and no rift between the races and ethnicities in this country, " said Gerri Black, the MLK dinner chair and former Black Student Union president." $25 for undergraduate students, $65 for IUPUI faculty, staff and graduate students, and $75 for community guests.
Franklin College's "The Truth Will Set You Free"
w/ Stacy Downing, associate vice president of Delaware State University
Mon., Jan. 20, 7 p.m., Richardson Chapel, 738-8185. Free
"Downing's lecture will focus on the idea of honesty and truth in leaders, especially Dr. King," organizers said "She will help audience members assess their own commitment to honest leadership."
Downing's doctorate degree is from the University of Cincinnati in urban educational leadership.
Each year, the college hosts the lecture series based on one of its five core values - respect, honesty, responsibility, faith and lifelong pursuit of learning. This year's focus is on honesty.
Julian Bond at Purdue's MLK convocation
The Fierce Urgency of Now
Tues., Jan. 21, 7 p.m., Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center, 765/494-6969
For Purdue: "Bond is former chairman of the NAACP and a leader of the American civil rights movement. He helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee while a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta in 1960 and organized voting drives and student protests against segregation in public facilities in Georgia.
After graduation from Morehouse, Bond helped start the Southern Poverty Law Center, serving as the organization's president from 1971-79. He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives but white members of the House refused to seat him because of his opposition to the Vietnam War until the U.S. Supreme Court intervened. He served in the Georgia House from 1965-75 and served six terms in the Georgia Senate, from 1975-86.
Co-chairman of an insurgent delegation to the 1968 national Democratic Convention, he became the first African American to be nominated for vice president. He withdrew his name from the ballot because he was too young to serve.
Bond is chairman emeritus of the NAACP and appears frequently on America's Black Forum, the oldest black-owned show in television syndication. He has written a nationally distributed newspaper column and narrated the award-winning documentaries A Time for Justice and Eyes on the Prize."
Hit a museum
Many of the local cultural institutions have free admissions and special programming today including: The Children's Museum, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Indiana State Museum, The Indianapolis Zoo and the Eiteljorg.