Indiana Holiday Celebration
32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Celebration
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission, the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Indiana Black Expo, Inc., and AFSCME Local #725 will be hosting the 32nd Annual State of Indiana Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration. There will be a wreath placing ceremony on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at 6:00 PM at the Indiana War Memorial: Soldiers and Sailors Monument including a commemorative light show. The following day, there will be a Celebration including an award ceremony on Thursday, January 12, 2023, at 12:00 PM at the Indiana Statehouse.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929; in 1983, thanks to efforts from late Indiana Congresswoman Katie Beatrice Hall, his birthday was approved as a federal holiday which we celebrate on the third Monday of January each year. The Annual State of Indiana Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration honors Dr. King’s life, commitment to service, and pursuit of equal rights for all.
This year’s program is centered around Dr. King’s quote “Make a Career of Humanity” from his speech at the March for Integrated Schools in 1959. Dr. King urged the nation to make a commitment to “the noble struggle for equal rights” in order for us to create “a finer world to live in.”