The first African-American to represent Indianapolis in Washington was also the Circle City’s first Congresswoman.
Even before the founding of the NAACP, an Indianapolis institution came to serve as a crucible for integration.
In 1972, thousands of members of the African-American community were “Goin’ Back to Indiana” for a groundbreaking political event.
Long before racial tensions came to a head in the 1960s, the quest for integration was underway on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus. Important strides were made during the tenure of the university’s eleventh president, Herman B. Wells.