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Strong Men, Strong Minds Indy holds empowerment rally for Black men

Posted at 7:25 PM, Aug 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-08 23:42:35-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A city-wide effort to unite Black men across Indianapolis brought dozens of people together Saturday.

Organizers for the Strong Men, Strong Minds Indy rally hope it will empower, educate, and encourage Black men and boys in the city and across the country.

"When we empower the Black man, we empower the Black family," City-County Councilman Keith Graves (District-13) said. "When we empower the Black family, we empower our communities."

Black men were joined by others to talk about economic empowerment, fatherhood, mental health, enterprise, and any other issues they may have.

"We wanted to be proactive as opposed to reactive," James Garrett with the Indiana Commission on the social status of Black male, said. "In being proactive, you want to get out ahead of what's going on and not have the event occurred because of something that happened yesterday."

Organizers said nothing in particular sparked this effort, but they think events like these are important.

The plan is to help Black men identify resources they may need in their everyday lives.

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