Situated on the banks of the White River, Indianapolis has the topography of a typical North Central prairie town.
As state capital, government and research institutions abound.
Most racing fans know that the Indianapolis 500 (Formula One) Race is the largest single-day sporting event in the world, but did you also know the Indy also hosts the 4th largest single day sporting event, NHRA (drag racing) US Nationals.
At 396 square miles, the City of Indianapolis miles is one of the largest in the nation.
Indianapolis metro area has 1.53 million total residents while local African Americans number about 210,000.
Indy has a 6% lower cost of living index than the national average.
Indy is located within a day's drive of half of the nation's population.
Indy gets down to business at Eli Lilly, Conseco, Bindley Western, Emmis Broadcasting, and Clarian Health headquarters. The clock is also punched at major branches for Ford, GM, FEDEX, Thomson Consumer Electronics, BankOne and Navistar.
Students aspire to higher education at Indiana University, Purdue University at Indianapolis, Butler University and the University of Indianapolis.
Indianapolis receives 18 million visitors annually.
Distinguished people of color, born or raised here:
William P. Quinn & Augustus Turner
Founders of the Black presence in Indianapolis and the city’s first AME Church
Madame C.J. Walker
Nation's first Black millionaire whose empire was built in the hair care industry
Manager and attorney who helped Madame C.J. Walker preserve her fortune
The most influential, if not the greatest, Jazz guitarist
Vivacious Movie and TV actress whose star is still rising; see http://www.vivicafox.com
Along with Eubie Blake, became the first African American composer on Broadway
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
Sexy singer, composer and producer R&B music
George P. Stewart & Will Porter
Founders of the Indianapolis Recorder, one of our nation’s oldest Black newspapers
Famous sprinter who overcame polio to become an Olympic champion in the 1960s
NBA Basketball legend from the 1960s and early 70s who set the standard for all guards today
Legendary ABA and NBA power forward in the 1970s and early 80s
Pro bicycle legend
Alonzo “Pookie” Johnson
Famous Jazz saxophonist during the Chitlin Circuit era
Famous Jazz pianist during the Chitlin Circuit
The baddest Jazz trumpeter and he don’t mind telling you so