Indianapolis Professional Association

IPA was founded in October, 1984 by six far-sighted attorneys and a judge who were members of the Marion County Bar Association, a legal professional organization, comprised of mostly African-American attorneys. The members were Judge Taylor Baker Jr., Attorneys Bernard Huff, Mae Jimison, Nora Peoples, Ted Wilson, Willard Ransom, and Coleman Moore. On January 26, 1985, the official name, structure, and mission were established. IPA was incorporated in February, 1985 and registered as a tx-exempt organization under both the State of Indiana and the US Internal Revenue Service (501 (c)(3).

Mission

To promote and develop the education and economy of African-Americans and to encourage others to do so To be a network for African-Americans to gather and to discuss and exchange ideas To afford assistance and training to African-americans and others in various professions, businesses and occupations To act as role models and mentors for African-americans and others throughout the community

Motto

Through networking, we come together in an attempt to fullfill our moral, mental, and community obligations, and in the hope that our joint effort can only serve to enhance and ultimately benefit the total community at large. We fulfill this motto through these annual events.

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Achievement Awards Breakfast

Spring

Highlights the scholastic and other accomplishments of local African-American scholars. This event highlights the academic achievement and community contributions of college-bound minority students from Marion County high schools. Honorees are provided $500 book awards to assist them with financing their studies..

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Youth Empowerment Breakfast

Spring

Provides a positive forum for youth, families and others to learn ways to pro-actively deal with the educational, economic and other challenges facing minority youth today. Local organizations, programs, students and mentors are recognized for volunteers efforts in civic improvement and mentoring at risk youth in the merits of “giving back” to the community.

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nETWORKING

Spring/Fall

Two networking events for IPA members and other professionals to gain exposure to businesses, state and federal agencies and civic organizations that promote economic development in central Indiana [spring] and who wish to connect with educated professionals and promotes the growth of local businesses in the Indianapolis are [fall].