The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Story/Interview Begins At 54:42 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). The YMCA Indianapolis’ Black community identified with, Fall Creek YMCA, closed in 2003. Because it was the inheritor of the deeds and legacy of the Senate Avenue YMCA, in Indianapolis’ African-American community there was deep concern when Fall Creek Y was closed. After much bitter discussion between YMCA leaders and the Black community, the YMCA agreed to move forward with raising funds and opening a full service YMCA in growing Pike Township. But since then the YMCA of Central Indiana has constructed new YMCA’s in Fishers, the Avondale/Meadows area and by the end of the year a $24 million state of the art YMCA facility in the CityWay complex just south of Downtown.
Last week, Afternoons with Amos raised concerns about where the Pike YMCA project stood. Appearing today on Afternoons with Amos YMCA of Central Indiana President/CEO Eric Ellsworth and businessman and YMCA Board Member Steve Corbitt explained where the fundraising effort stood. Both men were honest saying that the fundraising hasn’t developed as good as hoped. Businesses in Pike pushed back at donating saying that their workers “didn’t live” in the area and use YMCA facilities closer to their homes. The reluctance of business and foundations to help is worrisome because Pike Township’s minority community is solidly middle class and well educated. Ellsworth and Corbitt said the YMCA continued to be committed to build in Pike, which is the largewst area of Marion County not served by a YMCA. Currently there is a limited YMCA facility in a Park 100 office park at 71st and Zionsville Road. Pike Township Schools has provided a plot of land at 52nd and Lafayette Road for a permanent Pike YMCA. Also in the hour long interview, Ellsworth talked about the YMCA’s heritage as a Faith-based, Christian organization and the Y’s other efforts with after-school programs and other opportunities for youth. To donate to help build the Pike YMCA call Monique Hill 317-297-9622 or e-mail her firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Interview/Story Begins At 17:09 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). The strong public reaction to Rachel Dolezal and whether she’s White or Black continued. Dolezal appeared in an exclusive interview on Tuesday’s Today Show and admitted that she “identifies as Black”, but acknowledged how people could be upset at her not being open and honest with people. Afternoons with Amos played the entire Today Show interview with Matt Lauer and Dolezal and heard strong reactions from listeners and the community. (Interview Begins At 3:27 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). DeShong Perry-Smitherman of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art appeared on Afternoons with Amos to tell the community about the Museum’s first ever Juneteenth celebration and activities. This Saturday, June 20th from 10am till 4pm at the Museum in White River State Park at West and Washington Streets. And best of all the event and the Museum that day is FREE! The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST for Tuesday, June 16, 2015 runs 93 Minutes. PODCAST Begins After Brief Video Ad.