On Tuesday, July 16 Governor Eric J. Holcomb honored seven African-American Hoosiers for their exceptional efforts across diverse fields—including education, health and civil rights—at the Governor’s Awards Reception, held in conjunction with the 49th Indiana Black Expo (IBE) Summer Celebration. The reception acknowledged the outstanding achievements of African Americans throughout the state.
These awards recognized some of the community’s unsung heroes who have made significant contributions to increasing collaboration and understanding between all Hoosiers for the 14th year. As part of the Indiana Black Expo’s Business Conference, the Governor shared insights with the group about some of the initiatives taking place in Indiana that are helping move the state forward.
2019 Governor’s Reception Award Winners Achievement in Health & Wellness
David Wagner, Carver Community Organization, Evansville, IN
Achievement in Business & Entrepreneurship
Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, Indianapolis, IN
Achievement in Education
Dr. Joel Olufowote, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
Next Level Award
Anthony Murdock II, Indianapolis, IN
Reverend Charles Williams Award
Chuck Hughes, Gary Chamber of Commerce, Gary, IN
Sam Jones Trailblazer Award
Yvonne Thompson, Muncie Human Rights Commission, Muncie, IN
The Governor’s Awards are sponsored by the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, and the Indiana Department of Administration. Nominations for the 2020 awards will open at the beginning of August on the Indiana Civil Rights Commission website.
The Governor’s Awards are sponsored by the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, and the Indiana Department of Administration.