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Saturday, December 16, 2017

1993 Indiana Inaugural Journey

The 1993 Journey of Hope visited 15 cities and towns in 4 states in a 16-day period. Speakers were sent out to 10 other towns as well. In total, approximately 175 speaking events were held, including meetings with all kinds of groups and classes, public rallies, concerts, scheduled interviews and talk shows, and editorial board meetings Leafleting and door knocking provided other forms of public contact.

Some 120 people traveled with the Journey for longer or shorter times, including about 30 members of MVFR and seven international visitors. More than 200 other supporters joined the Journey while it was in their town.

Media coverage of the Journey included more than 60 newspaper articles, 30 radio and TV talk shows, and additional TV coverage from at least 25 stations. Four city mayors made formal declarations in Support of MVFR, and 25 groups hosted Journey participants for meals.

Bob Gross of the NCADP was the lead organizer of the Indiana Journey. He organized a steering committee that composed of Toni Moore (AI Mid West) and Maureen Kelly (AI Mid West) Laura Van Voorhis ( Brethren church) Wayne Crawley, Bill Pelke and Bob.

The Indiana Journey was sponsored by Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation

Itinerary

June 4 — Gather at Woodland Park, Portage
June 5 — March and Rally at Indiana State Prison  ---  Michigan City
June 6 — Northern Indiana Churches
June 7 — Gary/Hammond
June 8 — South Bend/ Mishawaka
June 9 — Elkhart/Goshen
June 10 — Lafayette
June 11 — Fort Wayne
June 12 — Chicago, Illinois
June 13 — Indianapolis Churches
June 14 — Bloomington
June 15 — Richmond/Dayton, Ohio
June 16 — Evansville/Terre Haute
June 17 — Louisville, Kentucky
June 18 — Indianapolis Local Meetings

Major Evening Address
Saturday June 19 — Indianapolis Rally & March to State Capitol / Evening Concert & Celebration
Sunday June 20 — Follow-up Activities & Caucuses

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE INDIANA JOURNEY
June 5th march and rally — keynote speaker — Sister Helen Prejean
Also speaking were Rick Halperin, Marietta Jaeger, Sam Sheppard, Bill Pelke and others.
June 6th evening service Rev. Bernice King was keynote speaker
June 8th concert with Charlie King. SueZann Bosler and Bill Pelke spoke
June 12th action day in Chicago — march, rally, street theater
June 19th march from women’s death row to the State House in Indianapolis

Ken Coates, Effie Johnson an Bill Pelke
Bob Gross, the organizator, and his daughter Julie
The Bishop Sisters speak at Chicago rally
Charlie King sings
..and again
Bill and Cuzzin' Judi speak at Lew Wallace High School in Gary (where Paula Cooper attended)
The Journey's first tree planting followed
George speaks at a High School
Magdaleno speaks at a rally in Indianapolis
Marietta, Eloise, Rick, Ken and Father Doyle
Bernice King at a church in Gary