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.