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Carmel’s First MLK Day Celebration Draws Big Crowd

Inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Post Date:01/25/2019 8:00 AM

Carmel, Indiana: A Partnership for Tomorrow
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Carmel, IN 46032

   Media Advisory
Date:            January 25, 2019
Contact:      Nancy Heck (317) 571-2474
Release:       Immediate

Carmel’s First MLK Day Celebration Draws Big Crowd


Carmel, IN – A near “sell-out” crowd of about 500 people attended the inaugural City of Carmel Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Monday at the Tarkington Theater. Presented by the City in conjunction with the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Human Relations, the powerful and inspirational event celebrated and honored the work of Dr. King, the civil rights champion.

The event featured riveting performances by students at the KJI Institute for the Arts, members of the St. Peters United Church of Christ Choir and soloist Blair Clark – singing selections such as Lift Every Voice, Tomorrow and We Dreamed These Days. They also performed dramatic renditions of famous Martin Luther King Jr. speeches, interpretive dance and a skit.

Dee Thornton, who is a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Human Relations, spearheaded the event in conjunction with City’s Community Relations and Economic Development office, while the musical and dramatic performances were organized by Kimberly Janelle of the KJI Institute for Arts.

Mayor Jim Brainard and Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks were also on hand to deliver remarks, along with Andrea Neely, Regional Director of the United Negro College Fund of Indiana. Just prior to the final song, Mayor Brainard issued an official City of Carmel Proclamation for the National Day of Racial Healing, which follows MLK Day.

During intermission, the audience was invited to the lobby to see displays from Indiana African American Authors. Donations were also accepted to benefit the UNCF, the country’s largest and most effective minority education organization.

See more pictures from the event on the City of Carmel Facebook page.



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