Members of Indiana’s Congressional delegation have introduced legislation to establish Kennedy-King Park in Indianapolis as a National Historic Site. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Todd Young (R-IN) have authored a bill in the Senate, while Congressman André Carson (D-7) and Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-5) have brought a companion bill to the House.
Donnelly’s office says the Senate bill, known as the Kennedy-King Establishment Act of 2018, recognizes the importance of Robert F. Kennedy’s speech in Indianapolis after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.
"Establishing the Kennedy-King Memorial and Park as a National Historic Site is an important step in recognizing the actions and ideals of Senator Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, but also to highlight the continued efforts in the community to celebrate diversity and equality as source of strength for America," Donnelly said in a news release. "I’m proud to work with my colleagues on this effort."
You can read the Senate bill by clicking here.
In addition to the legislation, Indiana’s full delegation, along with Congressman Joe Kennedy (D-MA), have sent a letter to Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke calling for him to designate Kennedy-King Park as a National Historic Landmark. You can read the full letter below: