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IPS’ MLK holiday program challenges youths to engage in civic duties

Indianapolis Public Schools tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis Public schools is keeping the dream of Martin Luther King Jr. alive.

The district on Friday had its 39th tribute program. People packed the auditorium Friday at Crispus Attucks High School for the MLK holiday. Speakers said young people were the lifeblood that kept the Civil Rights Movement alive. Speakers also challenged youths to continue King’s push for equality.

Guest speaker Brandon Cosby said, “We really need to focus on the reasons why and how we can be together.”

The event included a group of youngsters delivering King’s iconic “I have a dream” speech he delivered in 1963.

King in his speech called for all ethnicities to one day come together without discrimination.

At Friday’s event, IPS Superintendent Aleesia Johnson challenged students to become engaged not just by heading off to college, the military or workforce, but also in civic duties.

Johnson said, “When you look at data and you look across all sectors, when you look at housing, health care, criminal justice, education, you still see gaps play out by race in our country.”

But, Cosby said, there’s time to fix that if young people take the reins.

“I think sometimes we have forgotten that young people and their voices, in their opinions and their power and presence, has really been the lifeblood of the movement of civil rights,” Cosby said.

He said conversations too often center on what young people are doing wrong instead of pointing out where they can do right.

“Dr. King was a very young man at the center of that Civil Rights Movement in so I think sometimes we need to do a better job of recognizing and creating space for the youth to really be able to take the lead,” Cosby said.


Florida woman accused of zipping her boyfriend in suitcase for hours until he died

(CNN) — Sarah Boone called 911 and said her boyfriend got trapped in a suitcase and died during a game of hide-and-seek, according to court records.

The Florida couple had been drinking Chardonnay and doing puzzles Sunday night in their Winter Park apartment, Boone told authorities, when they thought “it would be funny” to hop in a suitcase as a part of the game, according to an arrest affidavit from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Boone, 42, zipped up Jorge Torres Jr. in the blue suitcase containing a few items for donating. Two of his fingers stuck out, so she assumed he could open it, according to the affidavit.

She went upstairs to bed and thought he’d get himself out of the suitcase and join her, only to wake up Monday and find him still in it and not breathing, the affidavit says.

Boone was arrested Tuesday and faces a second-degree murder charge after investigators determined videos on her phone contradicted her story.

The phone footage shows her mocking her boyfriend as she filmed his cries for help, and telling him it was his punishment for cheating, according to the arrest affidavit.

“I can’t f**king breathe, seriously,” her boyfriend said in the phone video. “That’s on you. Oh, that’s what I feel like when you cheat on me,” she responds.

The video shows the victim pushing on the suitcase and trying to get out, the affidavit says. When police showed the video to Boone, she pushed it away halfway through and said she didn’t want to watch it, the affidavit says.

Police searched her iPhone after she signed a waiver and gave verbal and written consent. CNN has reached out to her public defender.

Boone denied intentionally leaving Torres in the suitcase, according to the affidavit.

Boone called police Monday afternoon and said she woke up hours earlier but assumed her boyfriend was on his computer in another room. When she could not find him, she suddenly realized he was still in the suitcase.

“Sarah unzipped the suitcase and found Jorge unresponsive and not breathing,” the affidavit says. “Sarah zipped Jorge in the suitcase to where he could not get out. Jorge begged Sarah repeatedly telling her he could not breathe and Sarah left him in the suitcase … and demonstrated a depraved mind without regard for Jorge’s life.”

When police arrived at the scene, they found the victim near the front door with a laceration on his lip and bruising around his eye.

Boone is being held without bail. No cause of death is listed on the arrest affidavit.