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UPDATED WITH NEW INFORMATION & LINKS: The Indianapolis Recorder, nation’s third oldest Black newspaper, has joined the chorus of community reaction and concern about last weekend’s 29th Circle City Classic Football Game and Parade. The community reaction was strong and spirited on the annual Community Evaluation of Classic on Afternoons with Amos, Monday. Now the Recorder weighs in with a passionate Editorial by Shannon Williams the paper’s President & General Manager and a fact filled piece by Columnist Amos Brown. Click the Links below to read those two articles.

Indianapolis Recorder Editorial On Circle City Classic

Amos Brown Indy Recorder Column On Circle City Classic

Meanwhile, the community discussions this week on the radio about Classic were so spirited that Indiana Black Expo e-mailed talking points for supporters to say when calling in. Those few callers and many, many others along with those sending e-mails talked about the positive attributes of the Classic; but also expressed and gave examples of plenty of opportunities for improvements to increase Classic Game and Parade attendance. The 2012 Classic Game had the 2nd lowest attendance ever with an announced attendance (distributed tickets) of 35,237. Attendance at the Classic Parade was significantly down with hundreds of seats along the parade route empty.  The photos you see are what I saw during the Parade and the Game.  For the record, North Carolina Central beat South Carolina State 40 to 10 at the 29th Classic Game.  Scores of bands, steppers and dance units and national, regional and local bands entertained on the Parade route as local celebrities and politicians paraded.  But for the first time in the Classic Parade’s twenty-nine years, the crowds were down significantly.

Click the Arrow to Hear Community Comments on the Circle City Classic Game, Parade and other Events. Part 1 Runs 54 Minutes.  Part 2 Runs 44 Minutes. ©2012 WTLC/Radio One.