Jan. 13, 2017
“What will you do for others?”
This is the question IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee
asked the crowd during the 36th Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther
It’s a question that many in the audience pondered throughout
the hour-long program and, hopefully, beyond. The event was held Friday, Jan.
13, inside the auditorium of the historic Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High
But it wasn’t the only one posed to the hundreds of IPS
students, community leaders and residents. Speaker after speaker asked
questions — channeling Dr. King’s message of love, inclusion, perseverance and
education — to motivate action.
Though none more moving than keynote speaker Dr. Kent
Millard, president of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
Dr. Millard recounted his days as a young seminary student
at Boston University School of Theology (where Dr. King received his doctorate)
working with the civil rights leader. Millard shared memories of participating
in intensive non-violent protest training, marching for voting rights with Dr.
King in 1965 in Selma, Ala., and serving as one of Dr. King’s bodyguards during
a 1965 march for fair housing in Boston.
Once he had the audience’s full attention, Millard asked:
“What are you going to do for civil rights? What are you going to do to bring
peace on Earth? How are you going to let love overcome hate? … “That’s the message of Dr. King. That’s the
message on which he gave his life, and we need to carry that message on.”
The 36th Annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. also included performances by talented IPS students and staff from
Arlington Community High School, Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts
and Humanities, Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School, Clarence Farrington
School 61 and Francis W. Parker School 56. The program was presented by the IPS
Office of Racial Equity and the IPS Crispus Attucks Museum.
A rebroadcast of the televised tribute will air on WFYI 1 at 2 p.m. Jan. 22 and Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. on
WFYI 3. The Educational Television Cooperative
(ETC) Channel 1 will also air the tribute throughout January. Check your local
listings for times and days. ETC Channel 1 can be accessed on AT&T U-verse
(Channel 99), Bright House (Channel QAM 19.13) and Comcast (Channel 20).