Indiana Black Expo Transforms Downtown July 8 to 18

Every Summer Indianapolis downtown sees hoards of people fill up its streets for the revered tradition: Indiana Black Expo. This annual Indianapolis festival transforms the Circle City into a week long celebration of community. Indianapolis music, culture and community are at the forefront of Indiana Black Expo in Indianapolis downtown July 8 to 18. With various Indianapolis events through ten exciting days of the Indiana Black Expo, Indianapolis people will enjoy a host of affordable fun with some special events. Don’t miss the 2010 Indiana Black Expo stating Thursday, July 8 until Sunday, July 18.

The Indiana Black Expo began during the Post Civil Rights Movement era. In an attempt to create a positive community structure that reflected African Americans, the Indiana Black Expo fostered much needed development. After attending an expo in Chicago, Indianapolis religious and civic leaders recognize the need to create a similar event and organization for their Hoosier community. Thus in 1970 they founded the Indiana Black Expo to display positive African American ideas. The ten day long Indianapolis culture event features various symposiums with civic leaders who speak to a number of pressing economic, political and social issues.

Each year Indiana Black Expo serves as a time and space to reflect on past, present and future issues that face African Americans and all people alike. With the support of a number of notable figures such as Reverend Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and more, the Indiana Black Expo has become one of the most well known community gatherings throughout all of central Indiana. Each and every year, Indiana Black Expo continues to be a major economic and social contributor to Indiana and African American communities everywhere.

Held in the Indiana Convention Center and in other Indianapolis attractions downtown, the Black Expo offers ten days, two weekends and one full week of exciting events. These events range from business conference to fashion shows as the Indiana Black Expo serves a wide range of interests from adult to youth. Each day is a different offering to the Indianapolis community, who anticipate Indiana Black Expo each year. Read on for a preview of these upcoming Indianapolis events.

Thursday, July 8

Ecumenical Service – Indiana Black Expo kicks off with an ecumenical service at the Light of the World Christian Church. The event begins at 7:00 pm and is FREE to all people. Hosted by Bishop T. Garrott Benjamin Jr. this refreshing spiritual event also features guest speaker Reverend Dr. Cynthia L. Hale of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia.

Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11

Indiana Black Expo Black Film Festival – This all day Indianapolis art event takes over the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Tobias Theatre Saturday and Sunday. Three films, Between Kings and Queens, An African American Quest for Authenticity and Soundtrack for a Revolution, begin at 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm respectively. Admission is $5.00 per person for all day access.

Monday, July 12

Black Business Conference, Doing Business Globally – Located in Indiana Convention Center Rooms 206 and 207, this Indianapolis event features global leaders from China, who will present information on business markets and opportunities in China. Also, United States business owners will share their global business experiences and provide business tips that led to their success. This FREE Indianapolis event starts at 2:30 pm and is a great place for networking opportunities and resources.

Black Business Conference, How to Do Business With Indiana State Education Institutions – In Indiana Convention Center room 202 at 1:00 pm sit down with a panel of Indiana State Education Institutions’ purchasing and contracting officials, who will offer insight into successfully securing contracts for goods and services from SEI’s. This FREE event is an interactive discussion. Bring questions! RSVP at 317.923.3045.

Black Business Conference, Legal Issues for Small and Emerging Businesses – Do you have a new Indianapolis business? Than this FREE event helps new business owners navigate the rocky legal waters of small business ownership. In room 201 at the Convention Center at 10:30 am. RSVP at 317.923.3045.

Children’s Day Featuring The Farmers Market – FREE, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Indiana Convention Center’s Halls A and B.

Tuesday July 13

Black Business Conference, New Business Opportunities in Indianapolis – This FREE Event features presentations and discuss opportunities on the 2012 Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium, Wishard Project and the City of Indianapolis’ “Rebuild Indy” project. In Rooms 206 and 207 at 9:30 am in the Indiana Convention Center. RSVP to 317.923.3045.

Black Business Conference, Stretch for Success – Learn how to maximize opportunities to help survival in tomorrow’s technological and innovative market and how to take advantage of environments where resources are at their premium. FREE at 3:00 pm in rooms 206 and 207 of the Indiana Convention Center. RSVP to 812.377.5972.

Ohio Valley “Star Quest 2010” The 25th Silver Anniversary Edition – Emceed by Tony Lamont, this Indianapolis event is $10.00 and starts at 8:00 pm (doors at 7:00 pm). Enjoy the finals of the hottest Indianapolis dance competition.

Youth Entrepreneur Seminar (CEO Camp) Day 1 – Do you have a future business leader of America in your family? Help them lay the groundwork for a future bright with success at this FREE day camp. Participants receive hands on training from successful Indianapolis business leaders. Beginning at 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in rooms 103 and 104 of the Indiana Convention Center. RSVP to dthompson(at)

Black Business Conference, Professional Networking and Business Card Exchange – Do some solid networking at this FREE event at 6:00 pm in Indiana Convention Center Sagamore 1 and 2. Build new and strengthen old relationships as you grow your business community. A great opportunity!

Black Business Conference, Winning Strategies for Minority Businesses – Together participants will discover the key action steps needed to successfully collaborate and navigate through the maze of business development and business capacity. FREE in rooms 206 and 207 of the Indiana Convention Center at 1:00 pm.

Wednesday, July 14

Youth Entrepreneur Seminar (CEO Camp) Day 2 – See above.

Black Business Conference, Contracting Opportunities with U.S. Housing and Urban Development – Learn about the implementation of the Section 3 initiative, which encourages the utilization of low income people to participate in jobs, business opportunities and training where HUD dollars are spent. FREE in room 201 to 204 of the Indiana Convention Center at 3:30 pm. RSVP at 317.923.3045.

Indiana Black Expo Career Development Workshops – Get your career off the ground with tips on interviewing, application and resume writing and more. FREE in rooms 113 to115 of the Indiana Convention Center at 8:30 am.

Thursday, July 15

INSHAPE Indiana Black and Minority Health Fair Opening and Seniors Night – FREE in Hall D of the Indiana Convention Center at 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This Indianapolis health event is designed to educate minorities about specific health risks and how to lead a healthier lifestyle. (Through Sunday, July 18)

I Am IU Extravaganza – Learn why Indiana University is the perfect match for any college bound Indianapolis kid. Talk to students about daily life, classes, and more. FREE in Rooms 107 to 108 of the Indiana Convention Center at 6:00 pm.

IBE Statewide Educational Conference Presented by Cummins Inc. – Discuss topics and challenges faced by Indianapolis education in this FREE event to first 600 registrants. Located in the Sagamore Ballroom 1 to 3 of the Indiana Convention Center, register at 2:00 pm, workshops begin at 4:00 pm. Topics include “The Impact of Early Childhood Education,” “Racing to Success for English Language Learners,” “Best Practice Strategies for Working Effectively with Culturally Diverse Students,” “The MOJO Mindset for Educators” and “How a College Coach prepares a High School Student.”

WTHR TV 13 Employment Opportunity Fair – FREE in 500 Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center at 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Over 100 employers will be on hand to search out qualified candidates for top careers. Dress to impress in business attire and with resumes in hand.

Circle City Classic College Readiness Workshop – FREE in rooms 201 to 104 of the Indiana Convention Center at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. This financial literacy workshops will helps college bound students learn to navigate the world of personal money management. Plus information on college life, scholarships, graduate school and more. You won’t want to miss the scholarship drawing for Indianapolis high school seniors at the end of this event.

Pacers Sports and Entertainment Corporate Luncheon Presented by Hoosier Lottery – $50.00 per ticket, $500.00 per table at 11:00 am in Ballroom 1 to 7 of the Indiana Convention Center. Annually this IBE event sells out fast, as the signature fundraiser event for the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration. Join corporate, government and community leaders as a unique luncheon with an award ceremony to recognize  the nation’s most outstanding leaders including Mike Epps, Traji P. Henson, Idres Elba, Congressman Andre Carson, Mayor Greg Ballard, Brad Stevens and Kemba Smith Pradia.

Children’s Day at the Circus – $12.00 per person at Lafayette Square Mall this event starts at 10:30 am.

Friday, July 16

IBE Statewide Educational Conference Presented by Cummins Inc – See above.

Youth Empowerment Summit presented by Purdue Univeristy$200.00 per person at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Downtown Indianapolis. Since 1984, the Indiana Black Expo has convened youth leaders to foster opportunities for youth in Indianapolis.

All White Kick Off Party – $25.00 per person at the Indiana Convention Center’s Sagamore Ballroom. Don’t miss the Summer’s hottest party as you dance in a sea of white. Wear your finest white outfit to a party featuring DJ Kid Capri and R&B Singer Case. Hosted by Mike Epps, Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba. The fun starts at 8:00 pm and goes until 2:00 am.

Consumer Exhibits Open -FREE at the Indiana Convention Center, Noon to 9:00 pm. The consumer hall is a one stop Indianapolis shopping destination. Find everything including fashion, jewelry, arts and crafts, beauty, hair and skin care products and the best food in Indy. (Through Sunday, July 18)

DJ Geno’s Music Seminar – Admission included in cost of ticket to exhibition hall at the Indiana Convention Center’s Sagamore Ballroom at 6:00 pm. Learn about all aspects of the music industry including scoring a record deal, getting radio play and more.

INSHAPE Indiana Black and Minority Health Fair – See above.

IBE History Exhibit – Noon to 9:00 pm at Indiana Convention Center’s Wabash Ballroom. Learn about the vast Indianapolis history and heritage of the Indiana Black Expo. (Through Sunday, July 18)

Kids’ World Featuring IBE’s Young Stars – Noon to 9:00 pm in rooms 107 to 110 at the Indiana Convention Center. Included with Exhibition Hall Admission. (Through Sunday, July 18)

Cultural Arts Pavilion – Noon to 9:00 pm at Rooms 121 to 124 and Wabash Ballroom of Indiana Convention Center. Admission included with entrance fee to exhibition hall. Indianapolis art is an important part of IBE. The arts bring communities together, speaking to a broad base of universally human ideas. Enjoy a range for work from Crispus Attuck Museum, Indianapolis Public Schools, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art, Harrison Center for the Arts, Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana Genealogical Society, the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana History Center. (Through Sunday, July 18)

Children’s Day at the Circus – See above.

Saturday, July 17

IBE Fashion Show: “Make it Clear” – 5:00 pm in the Indiana Convention Center’s Sagamore Ballroom, included in admission to exhibit hall. Innovative designs hit the runway from established and emerging designers.

National Body Gospel Premier – Donna Richardson-Joyner, Bishop Eddie Long, Former Heavy Weight Champion Evander Hollifield and Chef Marvin Wood converge at 1:00 pm in Hall A of the Indiana Convention Center.

Diversity Volunteer Recognition Breakfast – Honor Diversity Volunteer at this breakfast hosted by Indianapolis media personality Angela Cain with speaker Kenneth Allen. $25.00 at 9:00 am in the 500 Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center.

Bishop Eddie Long’s Financial Boot Camp – During these tough economic times, it is more than necessary to tighten your financial belt. Find out how in this FREE Indianapolis event in Room 126 to 128 of the Indiana Convention Center at 3:00 pm. RSVP to promotions(at)

Entertainment Hall – Don’t miss performances from Rob Base, Chubb Rock, DJ Kool and Dru Hill as local and national artists take audiences on a journey through jazz, neo soul, hip hop, gospel and more! In Hall A of the Indiana Convention Center at 10:00 am.

Consumer Exhibits– See above.

Amp Harris and Reggie Wayne “Saving Our Youth” Celebrity Basketball Game – Tickets to this once and a lifetime experience range between $19.99 and $34.99. Join Amp Harris, Reggie Wayne and a whole host of other celebrities as they take to the court at Conseco Fieldhouse at 6:00 pm to battle it out and see which team comes out on top. Guests include Pooch Hall, Pierre Garcon, Clint Sessions, Ed Reed, Andra Johnson, Khalil Kain, James Hardy and many more.

Teen Bling Concert – Tickets range between $19.99 and $34.99. This exclusive teen event takes over Conseco Fieldhouse at 8:00 pm with live music performances, celebrity appearances and a great party!

Holla Back Teen Forum – Included with Teen Bling Ticket purchase, this event takes over Conseco Fieldhouse at 3:00 pm. Celebrity mentors, community and student leaders engage in an interactive forum about the challenges faced by today’s teens.

Cultural Arts Pavilion – See above.

INSHAPE Indiana Black and Minority Health Fair -See above.

Kids’ World Featuring IBE’s Young Stars – See above.

Sunday, July 18

Bishop Eddie Long’s Financial Boot Camp – See above.

Consumer Exhibits Open – See above

Kids’ World Featuring IBE’s Young Stars – See above

INSHAPE Indiana Black and Minority Health Fair – See above

Cultural Pavilion – See above.

IBE Praise and Worship Service Featuring Gospel Explosion – FREE in Hall A of the Indiana Convention Center. From 10:00 am to 3:00 pm be part of one of the biggest worship services all year in Indianapolis. Special guest preacher Bishop Eddie Long will lead participants in an uplifting experience featuring a special appearance by Donna Richardson-Joyner, and a whole host of other musical performances. Doors open only from 8:00 am to 11:00 am.

Music Heritage Festival Outdoor Concert -Finish out the weekend with a FREE concert on the American Legion Mall at 6:00 pm. VIP seating available for $40.00. Pack a picnic, the lawn chairs and a blanket and head to this outdoor Indianapolis music event featuring Teena Marie, Keith Sweat and Zapp.

Indiana Black Expo

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Indianapolis downtown at the Indiana Black Expo July 8 to 18. Don’t miss the hottest Indianapolis festival to happen all year. Treat yourself to dinner at any of these yummy Indianapolis restaurants between events. Wet your whistle at any of these refreshing Indianapolis bars for a late night nite-cap. Coming in from out of town? Check out our Indianapolis hotel listings for help planning your trip.

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Indiana Black Expo
July 8 to 18

Indiana Black Expo Inc.
3145 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208