City Billboards Honor Local African-American Leaders February 25, 2020 As a part of Black History Month, the City of South Bend released a series of billboards in the community to honor local African-American leaders who’ve made important contributions to South Bend’s history and culture. “It’s important that we recognize the vital role these African-American leaders play in our community,” said Mayor James Mueller. “I thank the Black History Month committee for celebrating their work and the difference they make in South Bend.” The 17 leaders being honored as a part of Black History Month are Bishop Donald L. Alford, Mary I. Alford, Captain David Herron, Isaac Hunt, Gino Johnson, Jan Marable, Dr. Alma Powell, Kimberly Green Reeves, Clara Ross, Huey Schoby, Joe Taylor III, Leslie Wesley, Austin Gammage, Makeda Grier, Karrah Herring, J.D., Cedric Joseph-Pauline, and Alfonso Mack. The honorees are featured on three digital billboards located on the intersections of Angela Boulevard and Indiana 23, Ironwood Drive and Indiana 23, and Ironwood Drive and Lincolnway East. The billboard ads will run until Sunday, March 1. Mayor James Mueller will host a reception for the honorees at the Charles Black Community Center, 3419 W. Washington St., on Thursday, Feb. 27 beginning at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.