Review: Kennedy at the History Center

Robert F. Kennedy's speech in Indianapolis was one of his most memorable, abandoning a campaign speech in favor of speaking about unity and peace in the face of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death.

4 stars

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana

History Center, opened Feb. 22; through April 14, 2012.

You step through a photograph into a

space replicating a basketball court of the former Broadway Christian

Center at the corner of 17th and Broadway streets, now part of Dr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Park. With 3-D hologram technology, the

exhibit puts you into that April 4, 1968 night, waiting in a crowd

for Robert Kennedy to appear for a presidential race rally.

When Kennedy begins to speak you know

something is not right. You can’t quite absorb the

announcement: “Martin Luther King has been shot and killed.”

Kennedy’s words slowly sink in: “Reverend Martin Luther

King dedicated his life to love; he died for that cause…. It’s

about people. We have to make an effort to go beyond division,

hatred; we need love and wisdom and compassion for one another.”

The experience continues in a

King/Kennedy Legacy Room featuring a visitor-created experience

conceptualized in partnership with Big Car Gallery and exhibits to

place Kennedy's speech in the context of the social and racial

climate, political atmosphere and community setting of April 4, 1968.

Clips from the documentary film A

Ripple of Hope by Donald Boggs and an interactive touchscreen

computer program about the power of words developed in partnership

with the Peace Learning Center and the International Interfaith

Initiative conclude the visit.



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