Indianapolis—Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?"
Monday, January 17th, we as a nation will take time to consider that question as we honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. In Washington D.C., the son of the civil rights leader, Martin Luther King III is expected to address a crowd gathered Monday to mark the 25th anniversary of the federal holiday for his father.
King would have been 82 on January 15th. Members of the King family also plan to lay a wreath at the tombs of Martin Luther King Jr. and his widow, Coretta Scott King. Dr. King is the only American who was not a U.S. president to have a federal holiday named in his honor. He has been recognized on the third Monday in January since 1986.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle plan to honor Dr. King with a day of service around Washington D.C. In fact, in the spirit of the idea that MLK Day should be a day of service instead of just another day off, members of the cabinet also plan to volunteer at schools, homeless shelters and community service organizations.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard (R) tweeted he would be honoring Dr. King by attending the 42nd Annual Celebration of the Indiana Christian Leadership Conference.
There's plenty to do here in Indianapolis.
At noon, the Madame Walker Theatre Center will host a "Keep the Dream Alive" commemorative celebration. Also on Monday, one of the "Little Rock Nine" will speak at the University of Indianapolis. The Little Rock Nine were among the first black students to attend segregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Minnie-Jean Brown Trickey, now 69 years old, will speak at noon on the UIndy campus at Ransburg Auditorium. She will be lecturing on the Freedom Riders, to the youth who staged sit-in protests at segregated lunch counters in the early 1960s.
The program is free and open to the public.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art also plans to honor Dr. King's legacy. There will be free admission all day.
White River State Park will host a family day complete with fun attractions and health screenings.
"Each attraction at the zoo, at Victory Field, at the Indiana State Museum, IMAX, etc. Will all have things honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.," said Dawn Tabler with the White River State Park Commission.
If you bring a can of food with you to the park, you'll get in free. The cans of food will be donated to Gleaner's Food Bank.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is also offering free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Banks and government offices will be closed Monday in observance of the holiday, along with many schools and the post office. Mail delivery will be suspended but the main lobby of branches will be open for unattended letter drop off.
Marion County Public Library branches will also be closed Monday.