Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of Many Faiths in Community

50th anniversary of MLK, and more celebrations

On January 15th, 1969, just months after Dr. Martin University King, Jr.’s assassination, the Indiana Christian Leadership Council and St. John’s Missionary Baptist organized the country’s first commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Four years ago, ICLC invited the Center for Interfaith Cooperation and Nur-Allah Islamic Center to help make this celebration truly interfaith.

The program will commence at 10:00 A.M., with a pre-celebration Panel Discussion at the church. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. The Right Reverend E. Anne Henning Byfield, Presiding Prelate, 16th Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Church, will be the main event speaker. Bishop Anne Henning Byfield serves as the 135th elected and consecrated bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Bishop Byfield provides leadership to seven annual conferences representing fourteen countries, in the Caribbean, South America, and Europe. Since 2017, the Center for Interfaith Corporation has partnered with ICLC and participates during the “Invocation of Faiths.” Appointed and elected government officials have been participating since 1969. Mr. Dennis E. Bland, Esq., President of Center for Leadership Development, is this year’s 50th Drum Major for Justice Award recipient.

ICLC, through the vision of its founder, the late Dr. Andrew J. Brown, and his close association with King, was one of a few organizations across the nation, and is believed to be the only organization in Indiana that celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. King, on January 15, 1969, following the assassination of King, April 4, 1968.

But this is far from your only chance to commemorate Dr. King.


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