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2011 Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration

The Indiana Black Expo is back and better than ever. Thursday, July 7 through Sunday, July 17, the Indiana Black Expo takes over Indianapolis downtown, celebrating the achievements of black Hoosiers and creating a space for community dialogue. For nearly 40 years, the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration has been a pillar of the community, serving as a chance to encourage, uplift and celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of African Americans throughout Indiana. This ten day Indianapolis event is a Summer standard, anticipated by droves of Indianapolis people.

With so much happening during the ten days of the Indiana Black Expo, it can be challenging to keep track of all the events. Here is a brief overview of the daily events for the 2011 Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration.

Ecumenical Service: Thursday, July 7, 2011

Hosted by the Light of the World Christian Church at 7:00 pm on July 7th, this ecumenical service acts as a spiritual opening to the Indiana Black Expo. Join special guest preacher Reverend Dr. Kevin Cosby, who is the senior pastor of the St. Stephen Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Hear him speak and enjoy the gospel stylings of a large church choir as they perform.

IBE Film Festival: Saturday, July 9, 2011 and Sunday, July 10, 2011

Check out several great films at the Indianapolis Museum of Art this Saturday and Sunday. Selections include Maafa21: 21st Century Genocide, Zero Currency, Walk of Redemption, Wounded Healers, Bilal’s Stand, For Once in My Life, Boom Squad and The Wayman Tisdale Story. Each of these documentary films explores a range of issues from Rwanda’s genocide to gang violence to education and one man’s battle with cancer. Tickets to this event are $5.00 per person for an entire day of films.

Black Business Conference: Monday, July 11 to Wednesday, July 13, 2011


The Black Business Conference features a range of events for businessmen and women at every level in their career. “Bridging the Information Gap” offers a conversation between black grantmakers and community based nonprofit leaders. Meet the Mayor at “The Mayor’s Breakfast.” Learn how to navigate the legal waters of starting a new business at “Legal Issues for Small and Emerging Businesses.” Plus join in sessions like “Dynamically Growing Your Business with KeyBank,” “Doing Business with Indiana State Education Institutions,” “Exploring Asian Business Opportunities through Local Connections” and the Black Business Conference Opening Reception.

Day two continues at the Indiana Convention Center with topics including “Local Contracting Opportunities with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,” a Media Reception, “Promising African Emerging Market” and the Governor’s Awards Reception.

Finally the conference concludes on day three with “New Business Opportunities in Indianapolis,” “Sustainability as a Strategic Advantage” and “Successful Supplier Diversity Strategies.” All of these events are free, but online registration is required.

Children’s Day: Monday, July 11, 2011

Presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, this Indianapolis kids event features a farmer’s market and a fitness clinic at the Indiana Convention Center.

Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises Central Indiana Resource Fair: Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Topics at this resource fair include “Framework for Building a Million Dollar Business.” The resource fair offers workshops on bonding and assurance, Capacity Building and networking with industry leaders. Plus, for the first time ever, receive an individual one-on-one assessment to help address the goals for your business including utilizing social media, branding and general business acumen.

Youth Entrepreneur Seminar: July 12 and 13, 2011

This two day seminar is designed for future CEO. Campers will bring their business and marketing plans to work on during the two day camp. Cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

IBE Statewide Education Conference: July 13 and 14, 2011

Day one of this Indiana Black Expo event features keynote speaker Geoffrey Canada, who is the president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone. He will lecture on the topic “Resilient Communities: Persistence in Academic Excellence from Cradle to Career.”

Day two offers two workshop sessions with a variety of topics to choose from including literary development, bullying, education reform and more. The event costs $125 for each day.

College Readiness Workshop: Thursday, July 14, 2011

Calling all high school students, parents and guardians. This workshop teaches your college bound student about “Collegiate Ettiquette” including topics on introductions, body language, interview skills and how to use social media responsibly. At the end of the workshop, a scholarship drawing will be done for participating students who are entering into their senior year. Lunch will also be provided.

Music Heritage Festival: Friday, July 15, 2011

This exciting Indianapolis music event features performances from Stephanie Mills, S.O.S. Band and Heads of State (Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill). VIP ickets are $40 per person or FREE to the public.

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Other events at this year’s Indiana Black Expo include a High School Slam Dunk Contest, an All White Kick-Off Party, a Legends of Hip-Hip and R&B Concert, Holla Back Teen Forum, I Am IU Extravaganza and much much more.

While out and about enjoying this Indianapolis festival, enjoy a dinner from any of these Indianapolis restaurants. Or unwind with drinks from any of these Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to FunCityFinder.com for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis arts to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun!

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July 7 to 17, 2011
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