INDIANAPOLIS (Wish) – The Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration is back after a year-long hiatus caused by the pandemic. Organizers say things may still look a little different this year, but the goal remains the same.
The Indiana Black Expo summer celebration turns 50. BIE representatives say the event is not only fun, but also one of the group’s main fundraising efforts to help fuel service work with education and business growth.
Over the next two weeks, Hoosiers in and around Indianapolis will be able to choose from a list of events.
Otis Williams has moved from Indianapolis, but says he remembers being in the community for the summer celebrations.
“I know we used to go to this park and hang out in a park on show days,” Williams said.
Not yet quite finished with the security requirements induced by the pandemic, in person events will include an ecumenical service at Grace Apostolic Church. Other events will take place at the Indiana Convention Center, including the Black and Minority Health Fair.
The BIE headquarters and the Pan Am pavilion are other places of festivities. The All White Affair will star DJ Kid Capri, Dru Hill and Raheem DeVaughn.
And the popular free concert – featuring Keith Sweat, Stephanie Mills, Johnny Gill, and El Debarge – takes place at Lucas Oil Raceway instead of its usual downtown location.
“The reason we chose to relocate was because of the pandemic and at the time we made the decision we were still strongly in the midst of the pandemic. Things hadn’t changed, ”said Bryan Kelly of the BIE.
But even with a slight change of plan, BIE representatives said the end goal is the same: to bring fun and raise money to fund youth programs, education and business development initiatives.
“How can we help reach out to the community and help them gain self-confidence to come out and change their situation? ” he said.
BIE representatives said no official decision has been made, but at the moment the plan is to move the concert downtown in the future.