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 indoor areas Create.Connect, Craft Corner and Discovery Station. Admission is free for all guests.
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Join us for these short plays in Lilly Theater celebrating moments in African-American history.
Freedom Summer 1964
11:30 am & 2:30 pm
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.
Madam Walker: Her Life
By Bennett Ayres
1 & 3 pm
Madam C.J. Walker shares her life’s journey from sharecropper’s daughter to the head of a hair product corporation in the early 1900s. This play was developed by the Indiana State Museum.
Rhodes Family Incident
By Crystal V. Rhodes
1:30 & 3:30 pm
Two contemporary college students who grew up in Westfield, Indiana discover a historic racial incident that challenges their notions of identity and their hometown.
Explore these activities throughout the day:
- Black History Bingo and 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.