By Bonnie Kulenkamp

Summer time in Indianapolis means that the annual Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration is back. The Indiana Black Expo (IBE) was founded in 1970 as a way to endorse community events and positive programs that support the lives of local African Americans. This summer marks the 46th anniversary of the Black Expo Summer Celebration and events will take place around Indianapolis from July 12-22.

Below are some of the highlights from this years’ Summer Celebration to note on your calendar as you plan your summer activities.

  • Saturday, July 14 from Noon-5 pm there is a free film festival in the Tobias Theatre at Newfields (formerly the Indianapolis Museum of Art).
  • The 11th annual Education Conference Presented by Indiana Civil Rights Commission will be held on Thursday, July 19 at the Indiana Convention Center, Sagamore Ballroom. This conference is geared towards  teachers, administrators, and others concerned with education.
  • The Youth and Family’s Programs Department will feature the Youth Leadership Summit on July 20-22 at the Westin Hotel. This will be a youth conference geared toward middle and high school aged students who want to create a positive change in their community. Students will hear from speakers about topics on education and advocacy as well as participate in break out sessions and workshops. The summit closes out with a with the Slam Dunk Contest, Amp Harris and Reggie Wayne Celebrity Basketball Games and a YLS 90’s Throwback Party (attendees only).
  • On Friday Jul 20 the Indiana Black Expo will host its annual Music Heritage Festival at the American Legion Mall. This year the festival will feature an outdoor concert starring Stephanie Mills, After 7, and Loose Ends. The concert is free, although you can reserve VIP seating for $40 through the IBE website or Ticketmaster.
  • The 33rd Annual INShape Indiana Black & Minority Health Fair takes place from July 20-22 at the Indiana Convention Center, Hall F and includes free health screenings, education, and information.
  • On Saturday, July 21 the Music Heritage Festival will have a concert with featured guests Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Blackstreet featuring Teddy Riley and Dave Hollister and Brandi at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Tickets range from $50 to $100 and can be found a the IBE website or through Ticketmaster.

Please check back to see updates on this schedule of events closer to July. For more information on these events, please visit the event website.