City to Honor Local African-American Leaders February 22, 2021 As a part of Black History Month, the City of South Bend and the Black History Month Committee are honoring 13 leaders who’ve made important contributions to South Bend’s history and culture. “It’s important to recognize our local African-American leaders, who do tremendous work to strengthen our community,” said Mayor James Mueller. “I thank the Black History Month committee for celebrating these contributions and the impact the honorees make in South Bend.” Each of the awardees will be featured on a series of digital billboards and will be honored at the Black History Month Celebration, which will be held virtually at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25. The 13 leaders being honored as a part of Black History Month 2021 are Nathan Boyd, Harold Brazier, Carl Buchanon, Latorya Greene, Darryl Heller, Shawn Henderson, Karla Lee, Murray Miller, Dr. Bunmi Okanlami, Debra Walker, Cory Brazier (Obama Award), Tyler Rouse (Leaders Under Forty Award) and Niele Ivey (Special Tribute). 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 today through Sunday, February 28. Mayor James Mueller will host a virtual celebration on Thursday, Feb. 25 beginning at 6 p.m. To access the Zoom link and learn more about the recipients, visit southbendin.gov/blackhistorymonth.