Join in Community-Wide Celebration of the Dr. King Holiday January 19

Join in Community-Wide Celebration of the Dr. King Holiday January 19

January 8, 2004

January 8, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - The Putnam County Public Library, in partnership with DePauw University, the NAACP, Indiana Reading Corps and the Putnam County Division of Family and Children, will hold a courthouse celebration of Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 19, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Putnam County courthouse on the square in Greencastle. The program is free. Donations of new children¹s underwear and socks to the Putnam County Division of Family and Children would be appreciated; collection boxes will be set up at all courthouse entrances.

The program honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King will include:

  • a video clip of Dr. King delivering the "I Have a Dream" speech during the 1963 March on Washington;
  • a read-aloud by law enforcement officers;
  • an art show featuring county-wide student talent; a birthday cake in honor of what would have been Dr. King¹s 75th birthday and of the courthouse¹s centennial year;
  • a peace-and-learning activity station;
  • music, including a violin prelude of America the Beautiful and a sing-along;
  • readings by county youth on the legacy and courage of Dr. King; and guest speakers, Putnam Circuit Judge Diana LaViolette and John Dittmer, emeritus professor of history at DePauw University and author of Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi.

For more information, call (765) 653-2755.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Gobin United Methodist Church on the DePauw campus, September 5, 1960 (seen in photo at top of page). His son, Martin Luther King III (at right), addressed a crowd in Meharry Hall of historic East College on February 28, 2002. You can access a story of that event, which includes video and audio clips of the speech, by clicking here.