The Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC), the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission (MLKIHC) and Indiana Black Expo, Inc. hosted their Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Days of Service on Tuesday, Sept. 19 and Wednesday, Sept. 20 in the Northwest Landing Neighborhood Association of Indianapolis, IN. The two days honored Dr. King’s legacy and celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission through collective impact and community service.
“Service helps us to grow as people, strengthens our communities, and continues the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is essential that we join together as One Indiana to build up our community and work together for a better quality of life for all Hoosiers,” said Governor Eric Holcomb.
To increase the impact in the community, ICRC partnered with the Northwest Landing Neighborhood Association, the City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works and the Indy Parks Department to identify a variety of community-beautification projects. Volunteers worked on projects at Watkins Park, along Dr. MLK St., and at Frank Young Park. Volunteers planted fresh flowers, put down new mulch, painted benches, removed invasive plants and picked up litter.
“Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, ‘Make a career of humanity.’ ICRC is inspired by this quote and has chosen to put humanity at the forefront of our work in 2023. As we celebrate 60 years of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission and we host our annual days of service, we hope others will be inspired to work in our communities, uplift our neighbors, and create a positive of quality of life for all of humanity.” said Gregory Wilson, ICRC’s executive director.
The day of service would not be possible without the help of generous sponsors including the Office of Administration Law Proceedings (OALP), the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS), Indiana Black Expo, Inc. and MDWise.