Organizers call 2014 Indiana Black Expo a success

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The 2014 Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration wrapped up Sunday night and event organizers are calling this year’s expo a success. IBE CEO and President Tanya Bell says she never doubted this year’s event would be safe and successful.

“This will be the fourth year working with public safety officials and a lot of other community leaders and downtown businesses. We put an action plan together years ago. We’ve worked it it has worked since then,” said Bell.

The teamwork between IBE and IMPD ensured that Summer Celebration was just that.

“It’s an opportunity for us to come out and celebrate our culture, our heritage, our history, our talents, the accomplishments that African Americans have made,” said Bell.

Hundreds of officers packed downtown Saturday night, but they only made two arrests. One man was wanted for a violent robbery in South Bend and officers took another into custody for public intoxication.

Now, many hope this year’s success will boost next year’s attendance. Plans for 2015 are already in the works.

“One of the big things for next year is in 2015, we will be in the new side of the convention center,” said Bell.

Some attendees say they hope this year’s peaceful event will mean a new beginning for IBE.

“I tell everybody, and encourage everybody to come out and enjoy don’t let the stigmas and the bad experiences from the past stop you from coming out,” said attendee James Wilson.

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