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Kennedy King Memorial Initiative Produced by: IndyFringe and Storytelling Arts of Indiana
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5:00pm Doors Open,
5:30pm Jabberwocky Event
Hear the voices of four people whom witnessed Robert Kennedy’s speech in 1968 and hear the impact that historic moment had on their lives. Reflect with these witnesses on progress and struggles for racial and civil equality over the last 50 years. Storytelling Warnings:
Billie Fuller Breaux recalls Robert F. Kennedy soothing the crowd about the news and urging them to react in a way that Martin Luther King Jr. would have approved. In 1968, Billie Fuller Breaux taught in the Indianapolis Public Schools and served as president of the Indianapolis Education Association and vice president of the Indiana State Teachers’ Association. She was instrumental in integrating the IPS faculty by hiring African American educators. After teaching for 31 years, Breaux served as a state senator for 19 years.
Jim Trulock attended the Kennedy King speech while employed at the Shadeland electrical plant for Chrysler Corporation. A United Automobile Workers member, Trulock went on to a career that involved managing political campaigns, representing the UAW in the Indiana legislature, working as a historian, and founding Pathway to Recovery, an organization that provides housing and services to the homeless.
Teresa Lubbers was a junior at Warren Central High School when she attended the speech with her older brother. Robert F. Kennedy’s speech and his understanding of personal sacrifice had an impact on her belief that public service is a noble calling. Lubbers was appointed in 2009 to serve as Commissioner for Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education. Prior to joining the Commission, Lubbers served in the Indiana State Senate for 17 years. She holds a number of notable public and board positions.
Michael Riley attended the Robert F. Kennedy rally as president of the Indiana State Young Democrats and as chairman of Kennedy’s state campaign. Riley oversaw plans for the campaign event and after hearing news of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death became an advocate for proceeding with the rally. After the speech, he remained friends with the Kennedy family and went on to a long career with various state Democratic political groups. He is now a lawyer living in Rensselaer, Ind.