Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Repairing the Harm: A Community Conversation on the Systemic Exclusion of African Americans in Elkhart

Monday, January 20 | 2 – 4 p.m.

3003 Benham Avenue, Elkhart. Free and open to the public.

Join us on Monday, January 20, as the Intercultural Competence and Undoing Racism (ICUR) team honors Dr. King's legacy with a panel discussion and community conversation featuring local Elkhart voices, including Rev. Jean Mayes and Jean Robinson, and special guest Benjamin J. Tapper, host of the Invisible Truths podcast. The event is free and open to the public.

CAN'T MAKE IT IN PERSON? Watch online using YouTube live stream.

Special guest: Benjamin J. Tapper

Benjamin J. Tapper, Associate for Resource Consulting, Center for CongregationBen Tapper is an Associate for Resource Consulting with the Center for Congregations in Indianapolis. He hosts a podcast called Invisible Truths, which creates space for people to unpack the power and wisdom within their stories. He is also a founding member of the Kindred Collective, which utilizes racial equity training, healing dialogue programs and vibrant storytelling to enliven leaders and restore communities. Ben’s passion lies in creating space for people to hold life’s uncomfortable questions so that they might heal and grow. Has holds a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University and a Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary.

Panel discussion

► Location AMBS Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount

Rev. Jean Mayes, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Rev. Jean Mayes

Rev. Jean Mayes is a life long resident of Elkhart, Indiana. She is an ordained Local Elder to St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, and a member of the Indiana Conference which is the 4th. District of the A.M.E church body. She studied journalism at Indiana University, and is an alumnus of Bethel University where she received her degree in Biblical Studies. Rev. Mayes serves on a number of community organizations that seek to improve quality of life. She says, “My major achievement is to be blessed with six beautiful children who know that God is the head of their life”. She believes that one person can make a difference and that, in order to be a good leader, you must be a obedient follower of the Way, and while you follow, you have to leave a path. "I want to leave a footprint to follow."


Jean Robsinson, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jean Robinson

Jean has been a part of the Elkhart community all her life. Over the years she has consistently been involved with the arts and runs her own art gallery in Mishawaka. She has also been a part of community activities such as the NAACP, neighborhood groups, and working with the youth.

Song leader: Clara Hadley

Clara Hadley is a national and international artist singing who has been singing since the age of five expressing her love and passion for God. She was a member of the Alford Theater Company and a soloist in the Elkhart Jazz festival for over 10 years. She has served as guest worship leader and instrutor for several women's conferences and also as the worship leader for The National Baptist Convention Late Night Service for five years and The Western Regional National Youth Conference. Clara was blessed to be a soloist and Instructor at The World Youth Conference hosted in Zimbabwe, Africa, and to sing in Israel at The Upper Room. She has been a guest soloist on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and Power of Praise Television Show, and has sung with gospel artsts such as Larnelle Harris, Andre Crouch, Albertina Walker, Mary Mary  Donnie McClurkin, William McDowell, and Pastor Clay Evans. She is presently a citizen at Kingdom Impact Christian Cultural Church under the leadership of Apostle Edwin Newsome, where she is honored to serve as one of the worshop directors and the church administrator. She is an ordained minister of the Gospel and owner of LaTheojannie LLC. Custom Draperies, Fashion Designs and Accessories.

Community conversation

► AMBS Waltner Lounge | Light refreshments available
Benjamin J. Tapper will guide participants in a time of shared reflection on the panel discussion, on other stories of harm and repair, and initial thinking on what is needed in order to move forward.

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Dr,. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education." — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Morehouse College, 1948

The goals of the 2020 program are to:

  • Name local incidences of harm against the African American community and the ongoing impact
  • Highlight ways these harms have and have not been systematically addressed
  • Encourage work for change and redress for the benefit of the whole community

More information

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