INDIANAPOLIS - The 44th Annual Black Expo Summer Celebration approached its end Saturday, but not without a day full of events.
Aside from thousands taking part in the festivities, the event also drew hundreds of police officers working to keep it safe for all.
Saturday saw events like the Save Our Youth Celebrity Basketball Game, the opening day of the Invitational Boxing Showcase, and displays by hundreds of exhibitors.
"It's all about maximizing your full potential, but it's also about having fun and celebrating our heritage and our culture as well," said Tanya Bell.
Organizers said they intentionally made the Indiana Convention Center the hub of festivities. Outside, the Department of Public Safety had its own hub as authorities monitored downtown, Broad Ripple and Fountain Square inside the portable command center.
On the street level, Ten Point Coalition leaders said they were helping police by concentrating on reaching young people.
"They have been the ones that have contributed to the biggest problems in the city," a Ten Point spokesman said. "This year, we're appreciative there are more youth being guided by their parents."
Authorities said the extra efforts have prevented potential problems – notably, police arrested an armed man at the event who is wanted for assault in South Bend.
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