celebrate black history month

February is Black History Month, and the City of Fishers has gathered together ways you can explore and celebrate black heritage with your community.

Community Celebrations

  • Embark on a self-guided reading hike featuring the book This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt during Fishers Parks’ February StoryWalk® program at Billericay Park, available all month long.
  • Tour virtual art exhibitions organized by Fishers Arts Council and experience powerful artworks from the comfort of home. Check out Embracing Black Culture, available online at the Art Gallery at City Hall beginning February 2, and The Art of Bridging the Gap by Rebecca Robinson, now on display through March. Join the community at a virtual art reception hosted by the Fishers Arts Council on their Facebook page on February 12 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn more.
  • Participate in virtual workshops hosted by The Hamilton East Public Library. Workshops include:

Spotify Playlist

Check out the Fishers Black History Month playlist on Spotify curated by local DJ, Mr. Kinetik in partnership with Fishers Parks, to celebrate the month with a collection of music from iconic artists.

Community Stories

 

Broadening the Storyline: Conner Prairie Incorporates African American Settlement into Prairietown Experience

By This is Fishers

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Meet Your Neighbors: HSE’s Black Student Union

By Cassidy Robertson

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Fishers Race Initiative

Fishers does not become a community that welcomes all or provides opportunity for all until it addresses the barriers faced by residents every day. What started as community conversations between Mayor Fadness and City employees with residents of color and marginalized groups in 2019, grew to a Community Committee on Race, a diverse set of Fishers residents who met over the course of 2019 and 2020 to talk about each other’s differences, likenesses, and what could be if we truly welcomed all.

Out of that Committee’s work came the call to action in September 2020 for residents to attend the Interrupting Racism Workshop, an immersive one- or two-day workshop intended to share the historical context of the creation of racism, and the social and institutional constructs that continue to perpetuate racism. Since that call, nearly 350 residents have answered. With overwhelming positive experiences, the City of Fishers continues to invest in bringing this experience for free to residents. 

As many of us saw protests this summer calling for police reform, the Fishers Police Department was already undergoing changes to their policies to ensure just and safe experiences for officers and the public. Fishers Police Department was among the first in the nation to receive approval from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) for national use of force policy certification.

This three-year certification is part of President’s Executive Order 13929 to ensure that law enforcement agencies across the country provide transparent, safe, and accountable delivery of services to their communities by prohibiting chokeholds as a use of force technique and by maintaining use of force policies that adhere to all local, state, and federal laws.  CALEA has reviewed our policies and found that we are in full compliance with all requirements for federal certification. 

In response to resident requests about the FPD’s policies, the Department published its transparency page which details every General Order and policy every officer is required to follow.

Learn more about the Fishers Race Initiative here.

Interrupting Racism Trainings

Interrupting Racism is a one- or two-day training session that addresses the realities of systemic racism in America, both historical and present-day.

The City is offering free training, currently being held virtually, and spots are still available for workshops on February 18, 19 and 20. For more information, visit fishers.in.us/Race.

interrupting racism | city-sponsored training program for residents

Resources

Ways to Teach Your Children About Bias & Social Justice

By Amanda Merriweather

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Suggested Readings Related to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

By Hamilton East Public Library

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