Monthly Archives: March 2016



We Love Music Conference Artists will
Perform at the Indiana Convention Center
July 16th & 17th
Lyfe Jennings
Saturday, July 16th
 Kelly Price
Sunday, July 17th
Education Conference                    Thursday, July 14th           Register here
Corporate Luncheon                       Friday, July 15th
Exhibit Hall (featuring performances by National Recording Artists) Fri.-Sun., July 15th-17th
Outdoor Concert                              Friday, July 15th
We Love Music Conference            Sat. & Sun July 16-17th    Register here
Paid Concert                                   Saturday, July 16th
All White Party                                Saturday, July 16th
Gospel Showcase                           Sunday, July 17th
To purchase tickets for Summer Celebration events Click here.
Indiana Black Expo Inc., 3145 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

StopOver Inc

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Addressing our Food Desert Crisis

From: Congressman Andre Carson
Subject: Addressing our Food Desert Crisis

News from Representative Carson
Upcoming Events:
Youth Opportunities Fair
Come learn about the different summer options available for students of all ages before the end of the school year.
Central Library
The Indianapolis Public Library
40 E. St. Clair St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

April 6
4-7 p.m.

March 25, 2016
Dear Friend,
Last year, four Double 8 Foods grocery stores closed in our community.  These stores were located in low-income neighborhoods where many families lack a car or reliable public transportation to get to the nearest alternative, often located over a mile away.
Sadly, this situation is not unique. Over 29 million people, almost 10 percent of the U.S. population, live without ready access to affordable, nutritious food. Many have seen their local stores close their doors during the recent economic downturn. Others lost access years ago and are now facing the serious long-term impacts of obesity, diabetes, malnutrition and other diet related ailments.  Unfortunately, residents in these low-income areas tend to spend less on groceries, leaving little financial incentive for traditional grocery chains to make costly investments in new locations.
In the wealthiest country on Earth, nutritious food should be an expectation, not a luxury.  That is why I have introduced the Food Deserts Act in Congress, legislation which creates new avenues to fund for-profit, non-profit, and municipally owned stores in underserved communities. This bill will create USDA funded, state operated revolving funds that will issue low interest loans for the operation of grocery stores in food deserts.  The bill ensures that recipients of these loans will provide affordable, healthy food, including fresh produce and staples like milk, bread and meat.  It will also ensure that USDA professionals are available to provide technical assistance to recipients who need it.
Congressman Carson introduces his Food Desert Bill at a press conference in Indianapolis
Access to healthy food is something that many of us take for granted.  But despite our own experiences, we need to remember that millions of Americans are struggling every day to feed their families.  With this market driven approach, I hope to complement existing federal programs and efforts around the country by ensuring a stable lending stream for struggling grocery stores and sustainable access to food for communities in need.
As always, if you have any questions or opinions you would like to share with me, I encourage you to contact me.
Your Friend,

Washington, DC Office
2453 Rayburn
House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
phone: 202-225-4011
fax: 202-225-5633
Indianapolis Office
300 E Fall Creek Pkwy. N. Dr.
Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46205
phone: 317-283-6516
fax: 317-283-6567

Indy Ten

From: Indy Ten

Subject: INDY10 PETITION to repeal HB 1019 please sign!
TO all: We have created a petition on to repeal House Bill 1019, which creates state law for how to deal with body camera footage from police. It also allows them to withhold that footage from everyone, even victims of police brutality, if they can show it would interfere with their investigation, or a “fair trial”, or create a harm to the public or certain persons, or intrude too far into someone’s privacy. It also only allows a person to view that video 2 times before police can stop them and not allow any more.


It also allows for $150 fees for copying said videos. Thank you all, -Indy10

From: Indy Black Chamber of Commerce



Business Owners, Potential Business Owners, Family, Friends!!!  Come out and join the Indy Black Chamber of Commerce for our Business Spotlight event as we host and spotlight Acuity Eyecare & Eyewear on Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm – 311 S. Delaware Street, Indianapolis, IN 46236.  This will be an opportunity to meet the doctor, as well as, the Indy Black Chamber and learn how they can assist in the growth and recognition of your business.

There will be a live performance by national recording artist, Rob White.  Light refreshments will be served.  This is a FREE event, but please RSVP on Eventbrite:

Please help us to get the word out by visiting us on Facebook and share the event with others:

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have questions, please contact the Indy Black Chamber Events Committee at

IBCC Events Committee

Copyright © 2016 Indy Black Chamber of Commerce, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you attended one of our events or was interested in more information about our chamber. We have added you to our mailing list for up-to-date information that may help you make a decision to join the Indy Black Chamber of Commerce.

Our mailing address is:

Indy Black Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 40843

Indianapolis, IN 46240

Indiana Black Expo Film Festival

Indiana Black Expo will host its first Film Festival competition during Summer Celebration. Filmmakers are invited to submit their work centered on the theme of “Your Life Matters® “.  The competition is open to film-makers and youth.  Finalist will have their film shown at the Indianapolis Museum of Art Tobias Theater on July 9th and a winner will be announced in each category.  Click here to register.
Teens (up to 18) can register for our Youth Film Academy to prepare for the competition.  The academy will be held on Saturday, April 30th 2-4:00 pm.  A free two hour session to develop your storytelling skills come to life digitally.  Film-maker Ira Mallory will be the instructor.  To sign up for click here.
Indiana Black Expo Inc., 3145 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

So Prom Proposals Are A Thing & The Kids Are Going All Out

Senior prom was one of the most important nights of our teenage lives. It was the ultimate reward for slaving away all those high school days. We bought gowns, booked limos and waited for the guy of o

Source: So Prom Proposals Are A Thing & The Kids Are Going All Out

Music Heritage Festival II featuring New Edition, Kem and DruHill

#IBE46 #IBExperience #Good4IN
Indiana Black Expo Inc., 3145 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Community Corner….Volunteer/Mentor Opportunity

Good afternoon;
We are seeking volunteers 16 & older to serve as volunteer tutors/mentors. Also, participants to be tutored and mentored 
grades 1-5.
Training for Volunteer Tutors/Mentors at Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church; Friday, April 1, 2016
Canvassing for participants; Saturday, April 2, 2016
Sunday, April 3, 2016: Sunday school and Adult Bible School 9:30 am
Worship Service 11:00am – Optional if you don’t have a church home you’re welcome

Program start date Tuesday, April 26 – Time 3:30-6 pm (Tuesday and Wednesday weekly)


Jim Boyd, President

Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church (OSELC)

261 W. 25th Street

Indianapolis, IN 46208

317-925-3737 after 1.P.M.

“God’s Not Dead”
For more information go to website:
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Department of History “New” Publication

Association for the Study of African American History and Culture (ASALH)
The Journal of African American History
Special Issue:
“African American Education, Civil Rights, and Black Power”
Guest Editors: Dionne Danns and Michelle A. Purdy
ASALH announces the publication of the final issue of Vol. 100 of The Journal of African American History, Fall 2015.
The Fall 2015 issue of The Journal of African American History’s (JAAH) centennial volume presents significant new studies of the history of African American education. In 1915, Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History, published his important book, The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861, and laid the foundation for the field of African American educational history. In their introduction to the JAAH Special Issue, Dionne Danns and Michelle Purdy examine the major contributions to this area of African American history over the last century, including the Special Issues and articles on African American educational history published in the JAAH.  
Crystal R. Sanders’ “More Than Cookies and Crayons: Head Start and African American Empowerment in Mississippi, 1965-1968” describes the activities of the Child Development Group of Mississippi (CDGM) and its numerous Head Start programs opened for pre-schoolers. Veterans of the civil rights campaigns were hired to run these programs and they were empowered by their control over substantial amounts of federal funds flowing into the state. Sanders makes it clear that CDGM teachers and administrators viewed the implementation of Head Start programs in the late 1960s as the next phase of the black freedom struggle in Mississippi.
While there have been many books, articles, and memoirs recounting the experiences of the first African American children to desegregate public elementary and secondary schools, there is little or no documentation of the circumstances for those who were the first to enroll in elite private schools. Michelle A. Purdy’s “Courageous Navigation: African American Students at an Elite Private School, 1967-1972” fills this gap in the scholarship by focusing on the first African American students who attended the Westminster Schools, a private boarding school in Atlanta, Georgia. Using school records, newspaper accounts, curricular materials, and oral interviews, Purdy provides detailed insights into the positive and negative aspects of the African American students’ experiences, and she explains why most were successful in making the transition for an all-black to a predominantly white educational environment.
Barbara Sizemore was the first African American women appointed as Superintendent of a large urban school district. In “Barbara Sizemore and the Politics of Black Educational Achievement and Community Control, 1963-1975,” Elizabeth Todd-Breland presents insightful information on Sizemore’s upbringing and training, as well as her leadership of public elementary and secondary schools in Chicago and an experimental community control program before she was appointed Superintendent of the Washington, DC, Public Schools in 1973. In her well-documented analysis of Sizemore’s attempt to use “community control” to improve black academic achievement in Chicago and the District of Columbia, Todd-Breland exposes the racial and gender discrimination that prevented Sizemore from implementing the changes needed to advance African American education in the era of Black Power.
In the Special Report, “Documenting the Contributions of Children and Teenagers to the Civil Rights Movement,” V. P. Franklin describes the research carried out and the exhibit mounted by students at the University of California, Riverside, that documented the activities of children and teenagers in support of civil rights campaigns organized by adults, as well as the protests and demonstrations organized by the teenagers themselves. The report describes the beginning of efforts to document the many ways children and teenagers’ social activism impacted civil rights campaigns throughout the United States in the 1950s and 1960s.
The Fall 2015 issue also includes an Essay Review by Dionne Danns of two recent books on the “Separate and Superior” black secondary schools operating during the Jim Crow era; one by M. Christopher Brown on two books that examine the limited possibility for African American students to achieve equal educational outcomes in U. S. public schools; and a third by Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua on the history of black cooperative economics.
This fourth issue of the JNH/JAAH’s 100th volume also includes three “Centennial Perspectives.” Brenda E. Stevenson’s “‘Out of the Mouths of Ex-Slaves’: Carter G. Woodson’s Journal of Negro History ‘Invents’ the Study of Slavery” documents the JNH’s pioneering work in the field of slavery studies. “‘Bound to Them by a Common Sorrow’: African American Women, Higher Education, and Collective Advancement” by Linda M. Perkins describes the women’s long struggle for college and university education, and shows how college-bred black women used their advanced training to benefit oppressed African Americans in American society; and Olga Dugan’s “In the Catbird Seat: The African American Contribution to 20th Century American Poetry” details how poets Robert Hayden, Gwendolyn Brooks, Rita Dove, and Natasha Tretheway used their positions as U. S. Poet Laureates to expand the audiences for poetry in the United States.    
In addition, there are also reviews of 15 recently published scholarly works on African American history and culture.
The JAAH Fall 2015 issue is available for purchase from ASALH in hard copy, and for use in courses through Publications Director, Karen May, at Orders may be placed online  here. The digital version will soon be available through “JSTOR Current Journals”; please check and make sure your university library subscribes to the program.
For more information, go to the JAAH website:; or contact Sylvia Cyrus, JAAH Managing Editor,; or the JAAH:
V. P. Franklin, Editor
The Journal of African American History
Department of History
The University of New Orleans
2000 Lake Shore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148