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The Madame Walker Theatre announces January events for MLK, Jr. Holiday

The Walker Brings Sarah Collins Rudolph to Indy: Jan. 19, 2015

It helps us not to repeat history…if we can keep it in the forefront of our minds that we remember how things were it will hopefully challenge us to not go back.” — Kathleen Spears, Madame Walker Theatre

The Walker celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday through a Journey to Freedom from Racism – Moving Forward While Looking Back: The story of the “Fifth Little Girl” Sarah Collins Rudolph. Sarah Collins Rudolph shows she is more powerful than the bomb that damaged her right eye and killed her sister in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963. Five victims; four killed, including her sister Addie Mae. The “fifth little girl,” Rudolph, demonstrates strength by surviving the blast and getting on with her life. As the country celebrates the legacy of peacemaker and freedom rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Walker will present a powerful presentation by Rudolph – one in which she talks about forgiveness.

Planted by white supremacists, the bomb killed four young girls who were preparing to worship. Rudolph was in the bathroom with her sister during Sunday School when the bomb exploded. It was an act of terrorism that shocked the country and drove Congress to pass the historic 1964 Civil Rights Act. On Jan. 19, Rudolph will visit Indianapolis to tell her story and explore the theme of survivorship.

Journey to Freedom from Racism, featuring Sarah Collins Rudolph kicks off on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at 8 a.m. There will be a Freedom March at 10 a.m. with Sarah Collins Rudolph Indianapolis Urban League, 777 Indiana Ave. is the starting site for the walk to the Madame Walker Theatre at 617 Indiana Ave. The presentation is FREE.  For more information you can call 317.236.2099 or visit the website at


The Indianapolis Men’s Chorus Performs at The Walker Brings During its Journey to Freedom from Inequality On Friday, January 30 at 7:30pm. Since its founding in 1990, the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus has been wowing audiences with its excellent singing and flair for entertainment. With a repertoire that draws upon many styles of music, the volunteer chorus gracefully interprets everything from classical music, spirituals, Broadway and world music, always with agility and panache. The Indianapolis Men’s Chorus is dedicated to promoting diversity, equality, and justice through the transformative power of music.  Cost for the performace is $20.  For more information you can call 317.236.2099 or visit the website at