Hundreds attend Indiana Black Expo Education Conference

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indiana Black Expo is in full swing. The event runs through this weekend, and while there are two major concerts and a party associated with it, organizers say it’s more than just having a good time.

A seminar held on Thursday at the Indiana Convention Center was titled, “Keeping Kids in School and Out of Jail.”

Organizers said African-American children are disproportionately impacted by school discipline and they say they’re often left with no where else to look for reinforcement, but to the streets.

“If it’s troubling to them [students] then it’s troubling to the school. And if it’s troubling to the school, then it’s troubling to the community,” said Evelyn Hicks, a coordinator of IBE.

Hicks is also an education supervisor with the Indiana Department of Corrections. She says teachers, along with parents, can help get young people on the right path.

“If you get the teachers involved, the parents will become involved and together, we can do like they did years and years ago – change lives,” said Hicks

Attendance is up at this year’s IBE compared to past years. Organizers said more than 400 people attended the education conference, which is 100 more people than last year.

“So far so good, we’re off to a wonderful start,” said Jennifer Darby, Director of Youth and Family Programs for IBE. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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