News In Brief

The African-American Coalition of Indianapolis will present a non-partisan conversation with candidates featuring Sen. Joe Donnelly and challenger Mike Braun, a former state representative, 2-4:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Central Library, 40 E. Saint Clair St.

Panelists include: Deon Levingston, vice president and general manager, Radio One; José Lusende, vice president strategy and external affairs, Recorder Media Group; Alison Bethel McKenzie, executive director, Society of Professional Journalists, and

Dr. Breanna Merritt, senior research analyst, Indiana University School of Public Affairs. Moderator is Denise Herd. 

 Informational meeting

IndyPL invites subcontractors and material suppliers to learn about the Brightwood Branch construction project during an outreach meeting 5-6 p.m. Sept. 13 at 37 Place, 2605 E. 25th St.

The meeting will give information on the $5.9 million project that will begin in October. Discussion topics will be the project schedule, procurement methods, construction type, materials and construction services required for the project. Bids are due Oct. 2.

For more information, call 317-275-4301. 


Settler Sunday 

Historian Anna-Lisa Cox will discuss her book, “The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America’s Forgotten Black Pioneers & the Struggle for Equality,” 2-4 p.m. Sept. 16 at Center for Black Literature and Culture at Central Library, 40 E. Saint Clair St.

Cox takes a deep look into archives and census data to reveal the hidden lives of thousands of Black people in the Northwest Territory from 1800 to 1860. The territories eventually became Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Illinois. 

Representatives from historic African-American settlements in Indiana will be in attendance. 


Poet Laureate

Tickets are available to see U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith during her poetry. The tour is the closing program for Indiana Humanities’ two-year thematic initiative, Quantum Leap, which explores the spirit of possibility and problem solving when STEM and humanities are connected. 

Smith’s book of poetry “Life on Mars” won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2011. She was inspired, in part, by her father’s work as an engineer for the Hubble Space Telescope and includes science fiction and cosmic themes. She is the fifth African-American to hold the position and has dedicated her tenure to outreach to rural communities.

Adrian Matejka, the current Indiana Poet Laureate, will join Smith. Matejka grew up in in Indianapolis and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his previous collection, “The Big Smoke,” about boxer Jack Johnson. Matejka teaches at Indiana University and wrote “Map to the Stars,” a critically acclaimed book of poetry about space themes.

The program starts at 6:30 p.m. at Clowes Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m. A book signing will follow. Tickets are available at

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