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The Indiana Black Expo’s Selma to Montgomery auction of historic prints of the 1965 Civil Rights march has gotten underway as a part of the events of the organization’s Summer Celebration. This is a scholarship fundraiser that’s just one of the early events that kick off Summer Celebration.

Kevin Powell For Congress 2010 Fundraiser

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The Ecumenical Service, is the first event open to the public to attend and gets underway tonight at 7 o’clock at Light of the World Christian Church featuring activist and writer Kevin Powell. The church is located on the city’s northwest side at 4646 North Michigan Road.

Another project that IBE has been intricately involved with has gotten a financial boost. The “Your Life Matters” Initiative is aimed at improving the lives of young African-American men and it received a grant this week for $250,000 from USA Funds.  The money will go to fund the initiative’s progress and hire an executive director. The Indianapolis Star is reporting Michael Twyman will return from his current post at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he serves as director of the Institute on Race and Ethnicity to fill the position. Twyman has been with UALR since 2013. You may be familiar with Twyman’s name. “Dr. Twyman” as he is also known, served for many years with the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust-based here in Indy. The city of Indianapolis launched the program last year before handing it over to IBE to run.

To see the IBE Summer Celebration 2015’s calendar of events, click HERE.

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