Indianapolis City County Councilors will consider a proposal to create a local commission to address the challenges faced by Black males.
The Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males was created in the early 90’s with goals to improve health, education, employment and criminal justice outcomes for Black men.
Indianapolis also had a local version that ended in the mid 2000’s and now members of the City County Council would like to bring it back.
Indianapolis City County Council Majority Leader Maggie Lewis says examining social determinants is important.
"Make sure we have the right information before we start offering up recommendations and solutions," says Lewis.
Lewis says the council would work with public and private organizations to identify resources.
"Dive in deeper to those resources and identifying a variety of partners," says Lewis, "I think we need to do that work first."
The proposal will be introduced at the City County Councils next full meeting July 13. Lewis says there is already bi-partisan support.