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The Madame Walker Theatre will commemorate his legacy on Monday, January 18, 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a celebration and freedom walk. The FREE event will feature local artists singing songs of courage, community leaders sharing words of wisdom and dance ensembles presenting dances of praise. www.walkertheatre.com
There will also be free admission and parking at White River State Park with a donation of a canned food item. The participating attractions include the Indianapolis Zoo, Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art, and the NCAA Hall of Champions. Student-athletes from Butler University and IUPUI will be at the NCAA to read from their favorite books, share their personal stories and experiences, sign autographs and take photos. There will even be a chance to go toe-to-toe with them in skill contests in the gym and enter a raffle to win NCAA merchandise. Visitors to the White River State Park attractions may park in the underground garage located off Washington Street in front of the Indiana State Museum, in the parking lots at the Indianapolis Zoo and Victory Field, and in the lot across from Victory Field next to the Visitor’s Center.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art will host a full day of free programs and activities to honor Dr. King’s legacy. There will be an area for visitors to create art depicting important moments in the their lives and post them along the IMA’s “legacy timeline”. Visitors also will be able to design their own wearable buttons to display their dreams for all to see (relates to the IMA exhibition Smuggling Daydreams Into Reality. There will also be free performances by The Asante Children’s Theatre and Kwanzaa Community Choir. Visitors can also view films made by local high school students and hear from them about the making of the films. There will also be a screening of The Rosa Parks Story in The Toby. It stars Angela Bassett as the woman whose refusal to accept segregation in 1955 touched off the Civil Rights movement. Before the film, visitors can hear remarks by nationally acclaimed filmmaker Julie Dash.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will also offer free admission in honor of the civil rights leader. There will be special activities celebrating the life, achievements and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
There will also be free admission at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park on January 18th in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
And finally, the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters bring heir 2010 World Tour to Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Globetrotters showcase a captivating assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks, and ball handling wizardry...with a side-splitting array of comedy guaranteed to entertain both the young and the young at heart.