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Gary Mayor Karen Freeman Wilson gives a powerful speech Thursday at Muncie Black Expo lunch. Photo Credit: Rick Yencer
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, IN - Freeman Wilson gave a compelling talk about how people should be called to action during the Muncie Black Expo luncheon at Cornerstone Center for the Arts. More than 300 people attended the event and many awaited the kickoff of the yearly event Friday at 6 p.m. in Heekin Park. As Expo President Ren'a Wagner said, the word free was added to all events this weekend, making entertainment, sports and food a delight to Expo goers.
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman Wilson has her call to action about any day of the week as she is running one of the toughest cities in America, a city in the shadow of Chicago, the Windy City. Take last week, for example, when Freeman Wilson showed up at an apartment building 13 hours after the second murder in a week. There was still blood on the walls and floor with babies, mothers and others walking through the crime scene to get to their apartments.
Upset that apartment managers had not cleaned up after police investigated the crime, it became obvious that apartment managers did not care whether their residents were dead or alive. After talking with them and federal housing officials, Freeman Wilson then contacted the U.S. Department of Justice to see what could be done about gun violence in Gary, the hometown of the late king of pop, Michael Jackson.