Brackett, local organizations to revitalize Dr. King Street in Indianapolis

Indianapolis-Former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Gary Brackett will lead more than 50 Indianapolis residents, and more than half a dozen local organizations, in the Second Annual Dr. King Day of Service Friday, January 18, 2013 presented by the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. The event will honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy by increasing economic opportunities through service and volunteer activities.

“As the need for service continues to grow, we take time to honor Dr. King by giving back and making an impact on our local community,” said Jamal L. Smith, the Executive Director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. “Throughout the year, we are seeing Hoosiers use the power of service to strengthen their own and each other’s economic security and making a real difference in our local communities.”

Leading the charge in this year’s MLK Day of Service is former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Gary Brackett. Brackett, who is the founder and CEO of the Impact Foundation in Indianapolis, will also serve as the keynote speaker for the State of Indiana’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Program January 17, 2013 at the Indiana Statehouse.

“We are excited to have Gary (Brackett) join us for this year’s Dr. King Day of Service and Statehouse Program,” added Smith. “He is an excellent example for our young people as he continues to give back to the City of Indianapolis.”

The Second Annual Dr. King Day of Service will include indoor and outdoor projects along Dr. King St. and Edgemont Ave. There will also be work done to revitalize a business incubator in hopes of luring in local businesses.

“As more families and communities need assistance, we are accepting the challenge put forth by Dr. King to make a difference,” added Smith. “Through the efforts of our volunteers and partnering organizations we are working to revitalize Dr. King Blvd. one project at a time. Our work with a local business incubator is especially exciting as we have the opportunity to make an economic impact on the local economy in addition to improving the appearance of the neighborhood.”

Click here to view the event flyer.

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission enforces the Indiana civil rights laws and provides education and services to the public in an effort to ensure equal opportunity for all Hoosiers and visitors to the State of Indiana.