INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 19, 2015) - Visitors stopped by Martin Luther King Jr. Park on a day full of honor for the civil rights leader. A memorial at 17th and Broadway marks the spot where Robert Kennedy gave a famous speech the night King was assassinated in 1968.
Hoosiers had a chance to learn about the speech and role Indianapolis played by watching a movie called "A Ripple of Hope." The NCAA Hall of Champions showed the movie for free on MLK Day. Patrons were asked to bring a donation of canned goods.
"He was advised not to give that speech because they thought it would be very very dangerous for him and his life but he thought it was so important to give that speech because at the end of the day he felt as though you're my people too and he wanted to let them know that we all lost a great man," said Kimberly Ewing, a diversity and leadership speaker.
Ewing spent the day talking to kids at the Jewish Community Center. She challenged them to stand up for others.
Many people spent the day honoring Dr. King through a day of service. Workers with a company called Engaging Solutions spent the afternoon working with kids and sorting Christmas presents for a local organization.
"It's a great privilege considering the fact for what Martin Luther King did for us as a country and as a people and so it's very important to me to be able to help and lift somebody up or do something positive for them or something that help someone else along the way," said Venita Moore, a volunteer.