The profits from Circle City Classic® help support scholarships, awarding nearly $5 million in scholarships to deserving youth attending colleges and universities across the country. Join us in 2022 for what will surely be an an incredible event celebrating HBCUs and the Divine 9 sororities and fraternities.

The Work of Rev. Charles Williams

Rev. Charles Williams was the President of Indiana Black Expo, Inc. (IBE) from 1983 to 2004. He was responsible for the restructuring of IBE, including the total reduction of a $106,000 deficit, the gross revenues of the organization doubling, organizing and securing funding for full-time staff, development of year-round programs that promote harmony among people of all races, and instrumental in the IBE Summer Celebration being named one of the “Top 100 Events in North America” by the American Business Association. 

As a man who was committed to serving his community, Rev. Williams received many awards, most notable being: the Indiana Jefferson Award, Indianapolis Education Association’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, the state of Indiana’s most prestigious award, The Sagamore of the Wabash, Outstanding Past and Future Leadership Award presented by Senator Dan Quayle, Outstanding Citizen Award presented by the NAACP’s Life Membership Committee, Meritorious Service Award, Boys Club Association of Indianapolis, Wheeler Boys Club, Toastmaster International Award, Distinguished Service Award presented by the National Newspaper Publishers Association, Presidential Citation presented by the National Business League, Good Scout Award presented by Jack “The Rapper” and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letter by Martin University in 1997. The culmination came in 2001 when he received a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Martin University.

Rev. Charles Williams was a vital asset to the state of Indiana and African Americans nationwide. Until his death in July 2004, he served as an effective voice and leader in the fight for social and economic advancement of African Americans.

More About Indiana Black Expo

Our 2022 Events Schedule

Sunday September 18th

Circle City Classic® Coronation

Warren Performing Arts Center
9500 E 16th St
Indianapolis, Indiana 46219
5:00 PM (Doors Open at 4:00 PM)
Cost: $20

Friday September 23rd

Circle City Classic® Pep Rally –University Bands & Cheerleaders

Kentucky State University Mighty Marching Thorobreds & Talladega College Great Tornado Band
Monument Circle Downtown
1 Monument Circle
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

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Classic Cabaret featuring Jodeci and Bell Biv Devoe – An HBCU Benefit Concert

Indiana Convention Center
100 South Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46225
7:30 PM – Doors Open at 6:30 PM

Saturday September 24th

Circle City Classic® Parade

The parade route begins at the intersection of North and Pennsylvania Streets
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Free Admission
*Parade Grand Marshal to be announced

Circle City Classic® Tailgate

South Street (in front of Lucas Oil Stadium)
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Free Admission

Classic Day Festivities inside Lucas Oil Stadium

The following events are all included with the purchase of a $20 Events Ticket which is available at Lucas Oil Stadium (Tuesday thru Thursday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM (with no Ticketmaster charges) and all Ticketmaster outlets.


Day Party – 21 and over

12:00 – 3:00 PM
First come, first serve


1:00 – 3:00 PM
Invitation Only

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Republic Airlines Education Day College Fair – Party with a Twist

(for middle and high school students)
11:00 AM Check-in and College Fair Meet and Greet

HBCU Battle of the Bands 3:00 PM

Talladega College Great Tornado Band
Kentucky State University Mighty Marching Thorobreds
Miles College Purple Marching Machine Band
*Two additional marching bands will be announced

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Greek Step Show Battle

Immediately following Battle of the Bands.
Click here to register your team!

Saturday Night – Murat Theatre in the Old National Centre
an HBCU Benefit Concert

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DJ Geno’s Classic Comedy Jam – Shows at 7:30 PM & 11:00 PM

Featuring D.L. Hughley, Ricky Smiley, and Lil Duval

Murat Theatre in the Old National Centre
502 N New Jersey St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Tickets are available at The Murat Box Office, Al’s Modern Clothing & Shoes in Castleton, Barbecue Heaven & www.DJGENO.net.