News In Brief

The North Church Farmers Market, formerly the 38th and Meridian Street Farmers Market, will open at 4 p.m. June 6. The name changed as the market moved from the church to 39th Street.

Some of the vendors for the 2019 season include Rosie’s Riblets, Wild’s Apple Farm and A&M Bakery. The market participates in WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Fresh Bucks.

The market is open 4-6:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays:

June 6

June 20

July 18

Aug. 1

Aug. 15

Aug. 29

Sept. 5

Sept. 19

Local nonprofits receive grants          

The Edna Martin Christian Center and Indiana Black Expo each received a grant from the Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF). The grants support youth activities such as athletics, performing arts, STEAM education, employment pathways during the summer. The programs benefit youth ages 4-24.

In addition, Lilly Endowment provided a $150,000 grant to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana for the summer weekend meals program as well $225,000 to Marion County Commission on Youth (MCCOY) to maintain the SYPF website, provide training and staff and programming.

The following is a short list of SYPF grant recipients. For a full list, visit

100 Black Men of Indianapolis

Asante Children’s Theatre Inc.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters Central Indiana

Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis

Children’s Bureau Inc.

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Coburn Place Safe Haven II

Edna Martin Christian Center

Indiana Black Expo

Martin Luther King Multi-Service Center Indianapolis Inc.

The John H. Boner Community Center


Leadership and service proclamation

The Indianapolis Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. hosted a public reception to unveil their “Legacy & Archives Project” collection, a proclamation in honor of late charter chapter President Mary Hawkins on April 27 at the Indiana Historical Society.

Part of the Indiana Historical Society: African-American History Division, the proclamation honored her leadership and service. The proclamation was donated to the archives at the Indiana Historical Society and is part of a collection that celebrates the journey of almost 70 years of service history.  

Indianapolis Urban League award

The Indianapolis Urban League was awarded the 2019 Affiliate Champion Award last week in Washington, D.C. at the 16th Annual National Urban League’s Legislation Policy Conference for its Leadership in Education Policy.

Indianapolis Urban League President and CEO Tony Mason accepted the award.

Indianapolis Urban League community events

The Indianapolis Urban League is hosting several events to benefit the community through education.  

They will host a live panel discussion on postpartum depression from 6-8 p.m. May 16, on the radio. In honor of National Women’s Health Week, the conversation will include topics regarding the current health care system, birthing options and breastfeeding.

To receive the tune-in code, call 317-693-7603.

In addition, the Indianapolis Urban League hosted a New Beginnings program information session May 16 at Sam H. Jones Center. The program is designed to help individuals become self-sufficient after assistance, incarceration or unemployment.

Those who attended the event are now eligible for a two-week workshop held from May 20-31. For more information, call 317-693-7603.

Indiana Civil Rights Commission awards dinner

In celebration of Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the emancipation of African American slaves, the Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC) will host Courage and Vision: Champions of Civil Rights Awards Dinner at 6:30 p.m. June 19 at Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel, 31 W. Ohio St.

According to ICRC executive director Gregory Wilson, the evening will honor people who impact service through diversity and inclusion.

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary, will give the keynote address.

Recipients will receive a performance award in four different categories: Freedom Award, Equity Award, Cultural Vision Award and Diversity and Inclusion Award. To nominate an individual or organization, visit

Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. May 17.

NAACP roundtable

The Indiana State Conference of the NAACP shared its strategic plan: Game Changers for the 21st Century with Honorable Governor Eric Holcomb on May 13.

The plan will address inequities facing African Americans in Indianapolis. Topics addressed include environmental and climate justice, economic sustainability, education, health, public safety and criminal justice, and voting rights.

The NAACP will call the governor to host other roundtables to assure everyone is included in state progress equally.

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