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Indiana Black Expo

The Indiana Black Expo, Inc. (IBE) is a not-for-profit organization comprised of twelve chapters in the state of Indiana. Their mission has rung a clarion bell for almost 40 years now, “to be an effective voice and vehicle for the social and economic advancement of African-Americans” in and around Indianapolis

To that end, the IBE produces two major events per year as fund-raisers and consciousness raisers: the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration and the Circle City Classic.

The IBE Summer Celebration,  which takes place at multiple venues in downtown Indianapolis like the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, Conseco Fieldhouse and Monument Circle is one of the largest gathering of its type in the entire United States. Mounted over a period of eleven days, it encompasses a huge variety of different crowd-attracting events in Indianapolis. Every year over 300,000 people experience the IBE Summer Celebration, held in the beautiful month of July.


Doing Indy video about the Indiana Black Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana

Since its inception in 1971, the IBE Summer Celebration has brought to Indy, daylight exhibits, and demonstrations highlighting African-American culture in Indianapolis. Of the long list of events guests might enjoy, here are just a few: Star Quest Talent Competition, the Muhammad Ali Amateur Boxing Tournament, Indianapolis Kids World, Soul Fest and the Minority Health Fair in Indianapolis.


Video of President Barack Obama speaking about the Indiana Black Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana

Emphasis is placed on every possible facet of African-American life, including employment, health, business workshops, youth, entertainment and spirituality. This major event draws major names every year, and attendees keep coming back year after year for major fun.

The Circle City Classic is the other major event produced by the Indiana Black Expo in Indy. Held on a weekend in the fall  football season, it is a showcase featuring the best of black college football. During the Circle City Classic, more than 175,000 visitors enjoy the incredible tradition, talent and energy of African-Americans in downtown Indianapolis. There’s the Circle City Classic football game, with tickets from $10 to $45, the Classic Parade, the well-known Indianapolis Colts Classic Coaches Luncheon with famous names such as Willie Slater and Anthony Jones at $30 per person, the all-important Classic Gala at $125 per person, located in the Indiana Convention Center, the ever-popular Classic Cabaret night at $40 per person and many other special events, such as the Classic Youth Football and Cheerleading Clinic, the College Readiness Workshop and many scholarship and recruitment network opportunities.

Along with these two major IBE events, the Indiana Black Expo produces a special event called the Challenge of Champions High School Basketball Showcase.

IBE is a fully-staffed, nonprofit organization run by numerous dedicated and capable leaders and volunteers, all united together to work year-round for the purpose of continuing the African-American legacy and maintaining its integrity, energy and beauty.

Indiana Black Expo Inc
3145 N Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46208
317.925.2502

The see what’s the latest news on this years happenings vist the IBE website.

Mike Woods