Governor recognizes outstanding achievements of Blacks at IBE Reception

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GOVERNOR HOLCOMB addressed guests at the Governor’s Awards Reception held during the Indiana Black Expo on July 16 at the Indiana Convention Center 500 Ballroom. This is the 14th year for the governor’s luncheon which takes place at the same time as the Black Expo, Inc.'s (IBE) 49th Annual Summer Celebration from July 11 through July 21, 2019 in Indianapolis.

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.

GREGORY WILSON, IBE Board Chair.
DAVID WAGNER, Achievement in Health and Wellness recipient.
YVONNE THOMPSON, accepts the Sam Jones Trailblazer Award.

DR. JOEL OLUFOWOTE, Achievement in Educat- ion Award.
TANYA BELL, president and CEO of Indiana Black Expo, Governor Eric Holcomb, and Gregory Wilson Sr. executive director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission congratulated Chuck Hughes (center) and other award recipients on Tuesday, acknowledging contributions of African American Hoosiers. Hughes was honored with the Reverend Charles Williams Award.
ANTHONY MURDOCK II, Next Level Award recipient.
ABDUL-HAKIM SHABAZZ, accepts the Achieve- ment in Business and Entrepreneurship Award.

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