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Review: Kennedy at the History Center

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4 stars

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, opened Feb. 22; through April 14, 2012.

You step through a photograph into a space replicating a basketball court of the former Broadway Christian Center at the corner of 17th and Broadway streets, now part of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. With 3-D hologram technology, the exhibit puts you into that April 4, 1968 night, waiting in a crowd for Robert Kennedy to appear for a presidential race rally.

When Kennedy begins to speak you know something is not right. You can’t quite absorb the announcement: “Martin Luther King has been shot and killed.” Kennedy’s words slowly sink in: “Reverend Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love; he died for that cause…. It’s about people. We have to make an effort to go beyond division, hatred; we need love and wisdom and compassion for one another.”

The experience continues in a King/Kennedy Legacy Room featuring a visitor-created experience conceptualized in partnership with Big Car Gallery and exhibits to place Kennedy's speech in the context of the social and racial climate, political atmosphere and community setting of April 4, 1968.

Clips from the documentary film A Ripple of Hope by Donald Boggs and an interactive touchscreen computer program about the power of words developed in partnership with the Peace Learning Center and the International Interfaith Initiative conclude the visit.

232-1882, www.indianahistory.org

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