month : 02/2015 20 results

Indiana’s diversity, civil rights key to proud legacy

Indiana, or “the land of the Indians” became the 19th U.S. state Dec. 11, 1816. Despite discrimination, today the Hoosier state’s heritage is still represented by the lives of its proud Native American residents. Indiana’s strength as an economic and cultural leader arises from its civil rights history and diversity, with Hoosier ...

On the scene

Welcome Week celebrates immigrants Welcoming Indianapolis, a project of the Immigrant Welcome Center, hosted its 2nd annual Welcoming Week. The event brings Indianapolis residents together to celebrate the city’s diverse cultures. Activities during the week included a service project on Indianapolis’ west side, a lunch and learn series ...

Layer it on

By Jessica R. Key Coco Chanel is famously quoted as saying “less is more.” In the fashion world, she is absolutely correct. But I believe if she ever experienced winter in Indiana, she’d modify her statement. Hoosiers in northern Indiana get chilled-to-the-bone wind gusts that bounce off of lake Michigan; Hoosiers in the southern ...

State charts historic firsts; Media and sports regress

By Leslie L. Fuller In 2016, the Hoosier State will celebrate its 200th birthday. As Indiana draws nearer to this bicentennial celebration, how well is the state, as well as its capitol city of Indianapolis, performing in offering opportunity to all its diverse citizens? As of the end of 2014, here’s a snapshot of some of the Hoosier ...

Gary, Ind. poised to begin construction soon

By Ebony Chappel The city of Gary, Ind. has often been referred to as the land that time forgot. Other references include “ghost town,” and "the forgotten city." Despite the thoughts of outsiders, the life breath of Gary – it’s residents, and supporters believe that this town has something to offer and is a treasure just waiting ...

Diverse people, milestones shaped struggle for equality

By Ebony Chappel It’s a Hoosier state achievement worth revisiting: America’s first self-made female millionaire, a minority woman, rose to unparalleled business success right here in Indiana. Sarah Breedlove Walker (1867-1919), who rose to fame as Madame C.J. Walker, made her fortune in classic entrepreneurial style by identifying ...

Civil rights both personal, global issue

By Leslie L Fuller “Almost every day we are reminded how difficult it is building consensus to solve problems in our large and diverse country. The framers of the Constitution envisioned Congress where the great variety of voices and opinions in America would get full airing as new laws are considered. When Congress is functioning as it ...

One-on-one with Kristin Mays-Corbitt

Bill Mays’ daughter speaks candidly about her father, discusses growth of multi-million dollar chemical company By Sydney Wilson You've been involved with Mays Chemical Co. since 1995.  What are some of those early lessons you learned from your dad that continue to resonate with you today? He demanded excellence. He always said, "You ...

A Lifetime of Success

William “Bill” Mays, an entrepreneur, philanthropist and community servant who had an engaging, charismatic personality coupled with bold professional astuteness passed away Dec. 4, 2014. It was his 69th birthday. While Mays was known as Indiana’s most successful African-American entrepreneur, the racial attribution comes second to the ...

Reverse discrimination movement considered in state, federal courts

By PAUL OGDEN This summer marked the 50th anniversary of the landmark civil rights legislation, the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Act law outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and ...