Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by joining us for theatrical performances, family games, archaeology activities, art and more.
While you’re here, explore our NEW indoor experience, Makesmith Workshop, as well as Create.Connect, Craft Corner and Discovery Station.
Admission is free for all guests.
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Join us for these short plays and presentations throughout the day.
Willa Brown: Aviatrix
10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.
Willa Brown started her career as a teacher after attending Indiana State Teachers College. Looking for greater challenges, she went on to become the first African-American woman to become a licensed pilot and the first woman in the U.S. to be both a licensed pilot and mechanic. She went on to train some of the Tuskegee Airmen, along with running for Congress and working as an activist.
Freedom Summer 1964
11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
Two student trainers from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) – one of the most important organizations of the Civil Rights Movement – will introduce audiences to their methods for practicing non-violent protest. This is a participatory theatre piece.
Lillian Fox: Journalist and Activist
11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Lillian Fox was already a well-known public speaker when she began a career in journalism at the Indianapolis Freeman, a nationally prominent black newspaper. In 1900 she became the first African-American writer for a white newspaper anywhere in Indiana when she became a reporter for the Indianapolis News.
Martin Jenkins: Educator
11:45 a.m., 1:45 and 4 p.m.
Born in Terre Haute, Dr. Martin Jenkins went on to do groundbreaking work in the field of African-American education. Join the audience in 1951, as Jenkins speaks of his accomplishments at his 30th high school reunion. Recommended for ages 9 and up.
Asante Children's Theatre
12 and 2 p.m.
Enjoy the singing of the Asante Children's Theatre as they share songs of freedom and hope. The Asante Children's Theatre Prepsters will perform a "choreo-poem" version of Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise".
Explore these activities throughout the day:
- Family board games
- Archaeology: Black, White or Both?
Can you tell which artifacts might have come from a historic African-American community, a white community or would have appeared in either community?
- Tree of Dreams
In one of his most famous speeches, King told of his dreams for the future. Share your dreams for the future.
- Gallery of images of non-violent protests, past and present
- How would you protest injustice?
Draw a picture, write a poem and share with others what you would do to protest an injustice.