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  • 15 Sep 2015 1:00 PM | Ron Wynn (Administrator)

    Roland Martin's show shifts to mornings

    By Ron Wynn


    Until this past Monday morning there was no news program on television anywhere, broadcast or cable, that presented a wide range of news and information from a Black perspective.


     But that is no longer the case. "News One Now," a show anchored by longtime national newscaster and commentator Roland Martin and aired on TV One, moved to 7 a.m. weekdays on September 14. It is a long overdue move, and one that amazingly has never been tried by BET, which for many years was the only Black owned and operated television network in the country. They are now owned by Viacom, but neither Bounce TV or any of the recent Black owned additions to the television landscape had ventured into the morning television arena until TV One made its decision.


    It is the second recent move by Martin and the "News One" show that has attracted national attention. The first was their decision to interview the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan live on Sept. 10. 


    They devoted an entire hour to him, discussing mainly the upcoming "Justice or Else" commemoration of the Million Man March, but also asking him other general questions about the state of Black America and his views on a number of issues.


    Martin told "Rolling Out" News that he felt it was long past time that Black Americans had the opportunity to have their issues and ideas presented during morning time on television. Previously, the televised part of the program was at 9 a.m. But he said it was only logical to make the move, especially with a chance at expanding the show's audience. 


    "We were already a morning show just simply after the main news hour," Martin said. "As you go later in the morning, it changes the level of content; you go from harder news then softer. Our show will be a harder news show. One of the things our producers look at is that during the 7 a.m. time you see a larger segment of news viewers. There are 830,000 African American viewers at that time period."


    He was also very critical of what mainstream news shows, particularly television shows, choose to spotlight regarding Blacks. "It goes back to people who make the choices and why for African Americans," Martin added.


    "For example, Latinos don’t give a damn about the mainstream media. You know why? Because you look at the top ten shows in Hispanic households and it’s on Univision for news they look at Jorge Ramos. So for African Americans, it is crazy to ask somebody who does not have our best interests, to have our best interests. For me and TV One, we have our best interests because we know where these interests are."


    "The reality is what you see now on TV One is different from what you will on MSNBC, CNN, FOX News or other networks. Because for us we have African Americans making decisions, our focus and concerns are going to be different from lots of other people. I think that is critically important for us to recognize and understand. I think we have to demand that; we should not be dismissed or ignored when it comes to our issues and perspectives."


    He is also critical of those who dismiss the power of television or its value as a news source. "First, if you are ill-informed you are ill-equipped; that is what is important. I think what happens are folks have to be aware of the voices on the various issues. I understand those who say I can get my information through social media, but a 140-character tweet does not show all that we need."


    "So, I think it’s important for people to understand that we have to be informed. African Americans are avid readers, but it is important for us to understand that we have to have our outlets speaking to us and speaking to our issues and that’s why we are doing what we do at TV One."


    "I would love to have a three-hour morning show, but you have to build that audience, we are coming up on our second anniversary in November. That’s why I tell folks watch it, DVR it, Facebook it and tweet it and talk about it. Again, I go back to the Freedom’s Journal: “We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us.”


    So, we at News One now are not asking other networks for support or to talk about us. Our point is we can do it ourselves, just as good as anybody else." Now, of course, the important thing is that the Black audience support this program. 


    The main excuse that has often been cited at outlets like BET is that Blacks don't support news and public affairs programming the way they do entertainment. Whether that in and of itself should be the barometer for putting news and public affairs on the air is valid, it is a reality that ratings and audience size still matter in TV circles, and TV One is no different.


    Should this move not yield positive results in terms of audience improvement, it will not last. That is a cold hard fact, and one those who push for more news and public affairs on Black media outlets must recognize. If "News One" fails, it will be a long, long time before another similar effort is attempted. It is essential that those who believe there need to be more shows like it watch it, and urge others to follow suit.

  • 15 Sep 2015 12:38 PM | Ron Wynn (Administrator)

    Jazz Fest concerts held at Walker Center

    By Ron Wynn


    Jazz Fest events latest example of Walker Center's versatility

    By Ron Wynn


    In an era when many Black neighborhoods face multiple challenges from unemployment, crime and hopelessness, community centers have never been more important. 


    They are a place that can provide opportunities for  young and old to interact, enjoy cultural events, participate in inspirational activities, and stay informed about things happening both in their immediate area and throughout their cities and towns.


    One of the most vibrant and important community centers in the Midwest is the Madame Walker Theatre Center, 617 Indiana Avenue, in Indianapolis. It's both a landmark entity and among the last of its kind. The lone remaining iconic structure on Indiana Avenue, the Center also is listed on the register of National Historic Landmarks. 


    This place has a glorious and noble history. It was formerly the headquarters and manufacturing plant of Madame CJ Walker Hair Care and Beauty Products, and it retains much of its original look and style via the classic architectural design.


    The Center is a 501 c3 non-profit organization. It's major goal is preserving Madame CJ Walker's legacy through cultural education, promoting social justice, supporting entrepreneurship and empowering youth to become the next generation of business owners and civic leaders. 


    he center has also been the sight for many memorable events and concerts over its tenure, thanks to the Grand Casino Ballroom. There, both national names such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Patti LaBelle, Michael Bolton, and Lena Horne, as well as local jazz greats like Gregg Bacon and Lonnie Lester have appeared.


    It is also a living testament and memorial to Madame CJ Walker, a visionary thinker and businesswoman. Sarah Breedlove started in the hair care business as a commission agent selling products for another Black woman health care entrepreneur Annie Tumbo Malone back in 1904, just as the World's Fair began. 


    She learned the basics of the business from Malone, then later married newspaper advertising salesman Charles Joseph Walker. They made a powerhouse team, with Walker's husband offering advice on advertising and promotion, while she trained other Black women as sales people and what she called "beauty culturists." 


    As Madame CJ Walker, she started a mail order operation in 1906, with her daughter A'Lelia in charge of that end, while she and her husband expanded the business by traveling throughout the southern and eastern United States.


    Walker moved from Denver to Pittsburgh in 1908, opening up Lelia College to further train "hair culturists." Then, she established her headquarters in Indianapolis in 1910, eventually building a factory, hair salon and beauty school, then later adding a laboratory. 


    She also expanded the business globally to Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Panama and Costa Rica. While subsequently becoming the nation's first Black woman millionaire, Walker also was very politically and socially active, and was one of the organizers of the Silent Protest Parade in 1917. This was a public demonstration of more than 8,000 Blacks on the East Coast to protest a riot that killed 39 innocent Black citizens.


    Before she died in 1919, Madame CJ Walker pledged $5,000 to the NAACP's anti-lynching fund. Her will directed 2/3 of her estate's future net profits to charity, and another $100,000 to various orphanages, institutions and individuals. 


    The Walker Center's many cultural and social activities continue in her family's tradition of community involvement and philanthropic support according to the center's current visual arts curator Devon Ginn.


    "It's very important that we maintain our history and keep the legacy of Madame Walker going," Ginn said last week. "We've got to be an innovative force in the community. It's important that we be a place where a lot of vibrant activities and events are constantly happening. We're in a time and an area where it is essential to our survival and to continuing our mission."


    "Unfortunately, there are people out there who don't know our history and aren't aware of what's been going on here for a long, long time. So we are continuing to take our message out to the community, and getting people to come here and see the many things that we are doing."


    The latest thing happening at the Walker Center are the Signature Series concerts, a big part of the ongoing Jazz Fest celebration. Multiple Grammy winning gospel/jazz vocalists Take 6 opened the series last week, and were followed on September 15 by another acclaimed performer, the superb diva and also a multiple Grammy winner Dianne Reeves. The versatile guitarist/vocalist Jonathan Butler will be appearing at the Walker Center September 18th.


    But those only reflect part of the Center's musical events. "Our Jazz on the Avenue is one of our oldest programs, " Ginn added. "It's on the last Friday of every month, and we get some of the city's best jazz musicians playing right here. It's also among our most popular events. Indianapolis has an impressive jazz tradition, and we're happy to be part of maintaining it." Tickets to the series are $10. 


    Fans can also purchase a soul-food dinner prepared by Percy Grant for an additional $10. The Center is also participating in Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations during September. This month's Jazz ON the Avenue guest is Grupo Bimbe. "They are an exciting band that mixes salsa, merengue, and many other styles into a sound that's also rooted in jazz."


    There's also their youth empowerment program, Kamp Kuumba. It's held three times each year, in the fall, spring and summer, and it's a chance for young people to receive training in several areas. These include dance, vocal, theater, music and visual arts classes, as well as mentoring and guidance. 


    The sessions are two weeks each in the fall and spring, eight weeks in the summer, and it is open to young people across the board, with a sliding scale aimed to encourage participation from children whose families' incomes usually preclude participation in arts classes. 


    Plus the Center has a series of awards designed to recognize and honor those dedicated to community uplift and empowerment. These "Spirit Awards" include the Madame CJ Walker Center Heritage, Young Entrepreneur, Excellence in Corporate Citizenship, and Legacy honors.


    The Center was also voted Indianapolis' Best Theatre by WRTV in 2010. But as Ginn says, the Center's work is never finished, and they're anxiously looking to the future.


    "When you're in this neighborhood, you can't stand still," he concludes. "We're always looking to expand, do more things, keep the Center's name out there in the minds of the public. That's our mission, to keep pushing for empowerment and opportunity."


  • 15 Oct 2014 5:13 PM | Ron Wynn (Administrator)

    It's been more than two months since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Since then, Ferguson has become a symbol of national resistance and response to police misconduct and brutality. Hundreds have been arrested, including noted activist and academic Cornell West, while the Department of Justice has launched an investigation into Ferguson's policing policies. A Grand Jury is still deciding whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson for murder. 

  • 15 Oct 2014 5:05 PM | Ron Wynn (Administrator)

    DJ Mustard won four awards at the Oct. 14 Hip-Hop Awards, televised on BET. Drake and Kendrick Lamar won two awards. Common, Jay Electronica and Vince Staples joined Michael Brown's parents in a powerful tribute to their slain son. The event attracted one of the season's biggest audiences to the two-hour plus telecast.

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  • 29 Sep 2014 12:52 AM | Ron Wynn (Administrator)
    There are so many good things to report about African Americans. Young people like Walter Thomas are breaking new ground.

    According to jbhe.com., over the past seven years the black student graduation rate has improved at almost all the nation's highest-ranked universities.

    Despite the claims of mainstream media, black youth are on the move. The members of the Chicago Little League team made history and opened doors in baseball.

    Everything Underground mostly highlights only positive events and personalities on our facebook page. Many of our main stories are targeted to feature our new members. We welcome everyone who has recently joined.

    EU will find ways to publicize what you do. On a sad note, let's pray for justice for Dominique Allen, a 15 year old girl and victim of a horrible crime. She was abducted from her sisters' porch, assaulted, killed and set on fire here in Indianapolis. Incidents like this are the primary reason why we must unite. Our youth are under attack from all sides.

    We also have to appreciate one of the city's Pastors. Pastor Jerry

    Hillenburg of Hope Baptist Church stepped up to help Dominique's sisters bury her. ( Dominique's mother passed two years ago). 85 young souls where won to Christ at Dominique's funeral. Dominiques' sisters are seeking justice and have set up a website for tips and donations


  • 29 Sep 2014 12:01 AM | Anonymous


    -------- XXL folds--------
    After 17 years the influential hip-hop publication is folding its print edition. Robert Prince’s Journalisms column had the story that XXL has been purchased by Townsend Media, and that the current issue was its final one in print. It will become a digital-only magazine. But the god news was that the company was offering jobs to all 11 people now on staff, and that it will become one of three publications under the Townsend Media umbrella.

    The other two will be a magazine titled Antenna, aimed at young people, and the return of King, a men’s magazine that had quite an audience at its peak. But the disappearance of XXL means that the three publications which pioneered and at one time dominated the coverage of music, The Source, Vibe and XXL are now digital only. Atlanta-based “Hip Hop Weekly” remains the final survivor, at least in terms of national image and notoriety.

    (On The Media is a weekly overview of events, personalities and issues involving Blacks and print, broadcast and online media. Sources for stories include Richard Prince’s Journalisms, Black America Web, Black Voices/Huffington Post, The Root and various daily publications.).

  • 28 Sep 2014 11:55 PM | Anonymous


    It was only three years ago that Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Dean Baquet made history by becoming the first Black male or female to attain the status of managing editor at the New York Times. That made him the person directly responsible for the paper’s daily operation. Then in May, Baquet was promoted to executive editor, the organization’s top position. For the first time ever, the New York Times was being run by a Black man.


    Since then, two ugly things have happened on Baquet’s watch. The first was a story about Michael Brown, the young Black man who was killed in Ferguson, Missouri, allegedly while his hands were raised in surrender. The case is now before a Grand Jury, but the Times infuriated Blacks all over the nation with a story headlined “He’s No Angel.”


    The article’s substance intimated that the whole business about Brown about to start college was fabricated to clean up his image, and that in reality he was perennial troublemaker and another of those proverbial “troubled” young Black men. What any of that had to do with Brown being shot trying to surrender didn’t register with anyone other than the writer, and the notion that it’s OK to shoot an unarmed suspect because of reputation or image was even more disturbing. Baquet was never quoted or reported having said anything about the story.


    While that silence bothered some people, it didn't really erupt into a major problem. But that wasn’t the case a couple of weeks ago with a Times story about producer Shonda Rhimes, the only Black woman in television history to get an entire night of programming on a broadcast network.


    Rhimes has three shows on ABC this season. Returning programs “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” and newcomer “How To Get Away With Murder.” Times’ television critic Allessandria Stanley opted for one of her trademark satirical/snark columns, with a host of exaggerated references and dubious claims, including one where she offered, to her way of thinking, praise for Rhimes by saying she had succeeded by exploiting the notion of the “Angry Black Woman” stereotype.


    The resulting furor was stunning. All types of Black websites responded with angry criticism of Stanley, the paper and the article. Whether it was Change of Color, Inc., The Root, Black America Web, Black Voices/Huffington Post, even the normally apolitical gossip sites, all were irate that Stanley had taken this approach in profiling the most successful Black female producer (and one of the most prolific and successful, male or female, Black, White or any color) in history. There were calls for an apology, a retraction, even some calls for Stanley’s job.


    Stanley issued a defense of her column, saying that she was really being positive in her approach, using deliberate exaggeration and overstatement to make the point that Rhimes was really putting on an act and actually smashing rather than adhering to stereotypes. But for many readers that was lost in their anger at not only her comments on Rhimes, but those about series star and Oscar nominee Viola Davis.


    Davis had commented prior to Stanley’s article that she wasn’t a classical beauty in the European (white) sense, but Stanley’s paraphrasing of her statements came across to a majority of readers as a putdown or admission that Davis was somehow not beautiful enough to be the central star on a primetime show. Davis herself even responded, as did Rhimes, and their comments got even more negative publicity for the Times, as shows like “Access Hollywood” and “Entertainment Tonight” continued carrying the story and keeping it in the news.


    Finally on Sept. 22 Times’ public editor Margaret Sullivan issued an apology on behalf of the paper, calling the story among other things “tone deaf” and acknowledging that readers “had a right to be upset.” She also said she would begin a conversation shortly with Baquet regarding the fact the Times didn’t have a single Black face among all its cultural critics.


    Elvis Mitchell, Nelson George, Lola Ogunnaike and Kelkefa Sannea are prominent Black writers who’ve had pieces published in the Times over the years, as well as academics like Henry Louis Gates and Cornel West. But only Mitchell, Ogunnaike and Sannea have been Times staffers, and none of them are currently on the paper. The fact that the Times has never had a Black jazz writer is particularly infuriating to a host of top Black musicians, even though there are plenty of topflight Black jazz critics around the nation.


    But what is personally troubling is that Sullivan initiated the conversation with Baquet rather than the other way around. He’s been at the paper for three years, now been in charge since May and he didn’t think a problem like this might happen? Sullivan talked about the paper’s blind spots (three other editors saw and approved the Rhimes story) but the person in charge has not said a word about it to date?


    If that were a white executive editor, I suspect there would have already been plenty of calls for his dismissal. No one wants to be in the position of going after the first Black executive editor in New York Times history, but it also does seem strange that at press time there’s not been one word from him about either situation

    .
    Certainly, Dean Baquet needs more time to straighten out things that were wrong prior to his arrival and his track record is such that one would anticipate he understands the necessity for having Black input and participation in the paper’s cultural coverage, and will do something soon to address that issue.



    On The Media
    By Ron Wynn

    It was only three years ago that Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Dean Baquet made history by becoming the first Black male or female to attain the status of managing editor at the New York Times. That made him the person directly  responsible for the paper’s daily operation. Then in May, Baquet was promoted to executive editor, the organization’s top position. For the first time ever, the New York Times was being run by a Black man.
    Since then, two ugly things have happened on Baquet’s watch. The first was a story about Michael Brown, the young Black man who was killed in Ferguson, Missouri, allegedly while his hands were raised in surrender. The case is now before a Grand Jury, but the Times infuriated Blacks all over the nation with a story headlined “He’s No Angel.”
    The article’s substance intimated that the whole business about Brown about to start college was fabricated to clean up his image, and that in reality he was perennial troublemaker and another of those proverbial “troubled” young Black men. What any of that had to do with Brown being shot trying to surrender didn’t register with anyone other than the writer, and the notion that it’s OK to shoot an unarmed suspect because of reputation or image was even more disturbing. Baquet was never quoted or reported having said anything about the story.
    While that silence bothered some people, it didn't really erupt into a major problem. But that wasn’t the case a couple of weeks ago with a Times story about producer Shonda Rhimes, the only Black woman in television history to get an entire night of programming on a broadcast network.
    Rhimes has three shows on ABC this season. Returning programs “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” and newcomer “How To Get Away With Murder.” Times’ television critic Allessandria Stanley opted for one of her trademark satirical/snark columns, with a host of exaggerated references and dubious claims, including one where she offered, to her way of thinking, praise for Rhimes by saying she had succeeded by exploiting the notion of the “Angry Black Woman” stereotype.
    The resulting furor was stunning. All types of Black websites responded with angry criticism of Stanley, the paper and the article. Whether it was Change of Color, Inc., The Root, Black America Web, Black Voices/Huffington Post, even the normally apolitical gossip sites, all were irate that Stanley had taken this approach in profiling the most successful Black female producer (and one of the most prolific and successful, male or female, Black, White or any color) in history. There were calls for an apology, a retraction, even some calls for Stanley’s job.
    Stanley issued a defense of her column, saying that she was really being positive in her approach, using deliberate exaggeration and overstatement to make the point that Rhimes was really putting on an act and actually smashing rather than adhering to stereotypes. But for many readers that was lost in their anger at not only her comments on Rhimes, but those about series star and Oscar nominee Viola Davis.
    Davis had commented prior to Stanley’s article that she wasn’t a classical beauty in the European (white) sense, but Stanley’s paraphrasing of her statements came across to a majority of readers as a putdown or admission that Davis was somehow not beautiful enough to be the central star on a primetime show. Davis herself even responded, as did Rhimes, and their comments got even more negative publicity for the Times, as shows like “Access  Hollywood” and “Entertainment Tonight” continued carrying the story and keeping it in the news.
    Finally on Sept. 22 Times’ public editor Margaret Sullivan issued an apology on behalf of the paper, calling the story among other things “tone deaf” and acknowledging that readers “had a right to be upset.” She also said she would begin a conversation shortly with Baquet regarding the fact the Times didn’t have a single Black face among all its cultural critics.
    Elvis Mitchell, Nelson George, Lola Ogunnaike and Kelkefa Sannea are prominent Black writers who’ve had pieces published in the Times over the years, as well as academics like Henry Louis Gates and Cornel West. But only Mitchell, Ogunnaike and Sannea have been Times staffers, and none of them are currently on the paper. The fact that the Times has never had a Black jazz writer is particularly infuriating to a host of top Black musicians, even though there are plenty of topflight Black jazz critics around the nation.
    But what is personally troubling is that Sullivan initiated the conversation with Baquet rather than the other way around. He’s been at the paper for three years, now been in charge since May and he didn’t think a problem like this might happen? Sullivan talked about the paper’s blind spots (three other editors saw and approved the Rhimes story) but the person in charge has not said a word about it to date?
    If that were a white executive editor, I suspect there would have already been plenty of calls for his dismissal. No one wants to be in the position of going after the first Black executive editor in New York Times history, but it also does seem strange that at press time there’s not been one word from him about either situation.
    Certainly, Dean Baquet needs more time to straighten out things that were wrong prior to his arrival and his track record is such that one would anticipate he understands the necessity for having Black input and participation in the paper’s cultural coverage, and will do something soon to address that issue.

    -------- XXL folds--------
    After 17 years the influential hip-hop publication is folding its print edition. Robert Prince’s Journalisms column had the story that XXL has been purchased by Townsend Media, and that the current issue was its final one in print. It will become a digital-only magazine. But the god news was that the company was offering jobs to all 11 people now on staff, and that it will become one of three publications under the Townsend Media umbrella.

    The other two will be a magazine titled Antenna, aimed at young people, and the return of King, a men’s magazine that had quite an audience at its peak. But the disappearance of XXL means that the three publications which pioneered and at one time dominated the coverage of music, The Source, Vibe and XXL are now digital only. Atlanta-based “Hip Hop Weekly” remains the final survivor, at least in terms of national image and notoriety.

    (On The Media is a weekly overview of events, personalities and issues involving Blacks and print, broadcast and online media. Sources for stories include Richard Prince’s Journalisms, Black America Web, Black Voices/Huffington Post, The Root and various daily publications.).

  • 28 Sep 2014 11:50 PM | Anonymous

    The husband and wife duo of Gonzales and Aletha Calloway have found a simple, very effective way of creating both wealth and business opportunities for themselves and others in the Indianapolis Black community. The Calloways are National Expansion Leaders for the company 5LINX, a multi-level marketing firm based in Rochester, New York, whose diverse operation covers such areas as utility and telecommunications services, health insurance, nutritional supplements and business services.
    5Linx has amassed some impressive accomplishments since its creation in 2001.


     It's been ranked on Inc, Magazine’s list of the nation’s Top 500 fastest growing private companies the past nine years. They’ve also made the Global 100 list of the top Direct Sales Companies in the world in both 2012 and 2013.


    Gonzales Calloway is a retired military man who’s no stranger to slowly but steadily building something substantive. He achieved his goal of earning a Master’s degree over a 29-year period, starting with an associate’s, then earning the bachelor’s, and finally the master’s. He recommends involvement with 5LINX as a top chance for anyone who’s ambitious, self-motivated and hard working, and says they have the number one thing he values most in both business and life: integrity.


    “They are a good company,” Calloway said during an interview for Everything Underground. “ They pay when they say they will. Now if you break the rules they will take you to court. Integrity is something that cannot be sacrificed.”


    The concept works off the simple base of recruiting five people whom you can trust and are reliable. “You’ve got to find five like minded people,” Calloway adds. “This (direct marketing) is not for everyone. But you find the right five and that’s the key.”


    The Calloways have been involved with 5LINX since 2008, and Mr. Calloway said that the fact the company’s structure doesn’t require mastering intricate techniques makes it the ideal venture.
    “Anyone can do this,” he said. “But there are some things that you have to do. Your associations must change. The things that you put your emphasis on and the way that you spend your time, all those things are key. But once you’ve got the right team and are determined to do what it takes, you can acquire wealth, you can build a sustainable business and you can grow and prosper.”


    With the range of available products being everything from cell phones and computers to security systems and televisions, there’s certainly a lot to sell. Calloway says 5LINX has ambitious plans for the future, and the couple and their various teams in different locales want to be part of it.


    “They (5Linx) want to be a billion dollar company,” he concluded. “Microsoft is sort of their model. But right now they’re looking at the next five years and helping create as many millionaires as possible. That’s something I find very exciting, and want to help others achieve that goal as well.”

    (For more information on 5LINX go to 5linx.net/L365342 or L481818)

  • 28 Sep 2014 11:46 PM | Anonymous
    The annual Freedom Fund Banquet and the 2014 state convention are the major events next month for the NAACP’s local and state branches. The first event marks a historic occasion, while the second brings to the state the organization’s new President and CEO Cornell William Brooks.

    The Greater Indianapolis NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet will be held October 17 at the J.W Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.
    This year’s theme is All In For Justice and Equality, and the banquet marks 100 years of the celebration.  The keynote speaker is Mr. Victor Goode, the Interim Director of Education for the NAACP. 

    For more information call (317) 925-5127.
    The 2014 Indiana NAACP State Conference will be held Oct. 24-26 in  Bloomington. 

    There will also be pre-convention activities Oct. 23. An Ivy Tech Community College Diversity event is being held for MBE’s and WBC’s desiring to do business with Ivy Tech. Also, a special program “Is The Criminal Justice System for Just-Us: a look at the system from 3rd grade to redemption.”

    “Labor Day: Issues and Answers” is set for Oct. 24th. This event includes a Labor Day Luncheon and Award Presentation. There will also be Health Fair Screenings: HIV/AIDS: Blood Pressure and other screenings as well as a public mass meeting.
    The WIN Brunch and Membership Luncheon, along with the freedom Fund Scholarshp & Awards Banquet will conclude the event. The new President & CEO of the NAACP, Cornell William Brooks, will be the featured speaker.

    Workshops and training will also be conducted during the convention. Areas include Economic Sustainability; Health; Voter Protection; Political Action & Representation; Education; Environment and Climate Justice; and Membership.
    For more details and registration contact (219) 614-4891 or barbarabolling@aol.com.



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