The Equal Opportunity Day started with a workshop from the
Immigrant Welcome Center presented by the executive director. Some eye-opening statistics include that there are 120 nationalities
in Indianapolis and 8.3 percent of Indianapolis residents are foreign-born. It
was estimated in 2014 that there were 124,772 immigrants living in Indianapolis
and they helped create or preserve 5,740 local manufacturing jobs.
Through the Immigrant Welcome Center, there are 96 Natural
Helpers from 32 countries who speak 46 different languages. They help new
immigrants find health care, legal services, housing, jobs, and police and fire
The event workshop was followed by a luncheon recognizing many individuals
and organizations making a difference in the community in regards to equal
opportunity, civil rights and social justice. There were an estimated 700 people attending the 2017 luncheon featuring keynote speaker, Benjamin Crump.
Markey's is a proud sponsor of the Indianapolis Urban League and Equal Opportunity Day. We are honored to have a part in such an impactful day of events.