On Thursday, a statehouse celebration was held in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Members of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission and the Indiana Civil Rights Commission sponsored the event. In attendance were African American and civil rights leaders from across Indiana.
The 20th Annual King Holiday Celebration opened with a performance by the Golden Singers from Broad Ripple Magnet High School as an end to their participation in the Dr. King Educational Youth Summit.
Soon following, the Distinguished Hoosier Award was presented to commemorate the legacy of Attorney John O. Moss, who led the NAACP’s 1968 desegregation case against Indianapolis schools. Accepting the award in Moss’s honor were his wife, June Moss, and his son, Attorney Marc Moss.
Awards were also presented to the following individuals:
- Diane Clements, Executive Director of the Evansville Human Relations Commission, received the 2011 Freedom Award.
- Kendra King, Muncie Southside High School, Class of 2011, received the 2011 Passing the Torch Award.
- Heroes Camp, Inc. of Mishawaka, Indiana received the 2011 Chairman’s Award.
- Tanya Walton Pratt, Judge for the United States District Court in the Southern District of Indiana received the 2011 Spirit of Justice Award
The event was hosted by radio personality Abdul Hakim-Shabazz with the keynote address given by Tim King, founder, President and CEO of Urban Prep Academies.
To read about the history of the Martin Luther King state and federal holiday observances, read our post from 2010 >>