Kennedy and King
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Black history in Indy

A sculpture depicting Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, left, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sits in Indianapolis’ MLK Park. It’s a tribute to the calming speech Kennedy gave to a predominantly black crowd in Indy on the night King was assassinated in 1968.  (Visit Indy)
In the early 1900s, Madam C.J. Walker moved her haircare business to Indianapolis, where she became a millionaire businesswoman and a philanthropist. Photo credit: Madam Walker Family Archives/ - Original Credit: Madam Walker Family Archives/ale (Madam Walker Family Archives/
The Walker Theatre, located less than a mile north of downtown Indianapolis, has been a community center for the city’s African-American community since being built about a century ago. It’s scheduled to reopen by earlynext year following a multi-million dollar renovation. (Jay Jones / for the Chicago Tribune)
Tamika Catchings, a former women’s basketball superstar, sits at the counter of Tea’s Me Cafe in Indianapolis. Catchings was a customer at the tea bar and cafe while playing for the Indiana Fever. She bought the business two years. - Original Credit: Von Watts (Von Watts )
Roughly 45 varieties of tea, including apricot black tea and almond-orange green tea, are served at Tea’s Me Cafe, a popular gathering place in Indianapolis. - Original Credit: Von Watts (Von Watts )
A dish featuring fried green tomatoes and fried chicken makes for a delicious meal at Kountry Kitchen, a soul food restaurant in Indianapolis. (Jay Jones / for the Chicago Tribune)
A container of Glossine, a product created by Madam C.J. Walker, is displayed in an exhibit at the Indiana State Museum. Walker manufactured a variety of hair care products beginning in the late 1800s.  (Indiana State Museum)
A band called The Blue Side performs at Jazz Kitchen, a gathering spot in Indianapolis for food and live music. - Original Credit: Mark Sheldon (Mark Sheldon )
The history of blues, jazz and soul music in Indianapolis is told in an exhibit inside the museum at Crispus Attucks High School. Until the early 1970, Crispus Attucks was the only high school black students could attend in Indiana’s capital. - Original Credit: Indianapolis Public Schools (Indianapolis Public Schools )
Tamika Catchings greets customers at Tea’s Me Cafe, which the former basketball star purchased a couple of years ago. Catchings has drunk tea since childhood but has never drunk coffee.  ( Von Watts )
A portrait of Madam C.J. Walker, one of America’s first female black millionaires, hangs in the lobby of Indy’s The Alexander hotel. Artist Sonya Clark created the work using thousands of combs.  (Visit Indy)
The Walker Theatre is being restored to its original splendor at part of a $15 million restoration.  (Hadley Fruits)