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Indianapolis
Public Schools is honored to sponsor its 35th annual tribute to the
life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, January 15. The 2016 program
will be televised from the historic Crispus
Attucks Medical Magnet High School and viewed in classrooms throughout the school
district and the community via WFYI Productions.

 

Reverend
Brenda Girton-Mitchell, Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
at the U.S. Department of Education is the keynote speaker and WTHI (Terre
Haute) Reporter Alia Blackburn is guest emcee. Other distinguished program participants
include IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee; Nuri Muhammad, Student
Minister of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan; and Broad Ripple Magnet
High School for the Arts and Humanities student Eric Best, who will recite excerpts
from Dr. King’s speech Eulogy for the
Martyred Children.
Musical tributes will feature the IPS Center for Inquiry School 84 Choir, the Arsenal Technical High
School Gospel Choir and Crispus Attucks vocal soloist Kamaria Boynton.  

          

“This program
is designed to help students of all ages acknowledge and appreciate the
struggles of those who went before them,” said program coordinator Patricia
Payne. “It sends the urgent message that they must be willing to develop an
educated mind, spirited work ethic, courageous leadership skills, and an undaunted
commitment to social justice and racial equity.” 

       

Following
the program, the IPS Crispus Attucks Museum will present an award-winning video
documentary and discussion on the life and legacy of Dr. King. Both programs
are free and open to the public.