40th Annual IPS Tribute to the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1

The Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) Racial Equity Office is hosting the 40th annual tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Friday, Jan. 15, from 10-11 a.m.

This year’s keynote speaker is Reverend Dr. Carlos Perkins, pastor of Bethel Cathedral AME Church. The message to our youth will be presented by Taylor Hall, a political activist who expresses her values through interpretive artistic craft. Her debut song, “I Can’t Breathe,” will be featured on the program. Hall is a 2018 Crispus Attucks High School graduate.

Dr. Patricia Payne, director of the IPS Racial Equity Office, and Annmarie Byers, senior equity coordinator, will serve as co-emcees. 

In recognition of the 40th year, performances from past celebrations will be featured. Aleesia Johnson, IPS superintendent, and Evan Hawkins, IPS Board of School Commissioners president, will speak on the importance of the honoring Dr. King’s lasting legacy.

IPS schools will be closed Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of the national holiday.

The program will air virtually and can be viewed via WFYI Productions on www.myips.org.