For some, the yellow tape roping off the aftermath of violence was the resonating image from last year's Summer Celebration.
Since then, Indiana Black Expo officials have been working to restore the event's purpose: to be a force for unity, not the kind of division from last summer's shootings downtown.
Even though the violence was outside the venue and didn't involve Expo visitors, leaders said they knew they had work to do.
"We do have a plan to address the issue of safety, and IMPD has amped up, we've had lots of meetings," said I.B.E.'s Colleen Heeter, Vice President of Development and Advancement.
The plan that came from those meetings resulted in an effort to get 200 community members to work alongsideIndianapolis Metropolitan police officers as a volunteer safety force, helping serve as added eyes and ears, and as intermediaries.
That's one move. Another involves moving many of the teen events from Conseco Fieldhouse to the Indiana Convention Center. That way Indiana Black Expo officials said things can be more centrally located, making it safer for police, and more convenient for families.
The Ten Point Coalition helped expo leaders make that a focus by reaching out to the churches' congregations.
"If the parents get involved and other adults to help supervise these kids, we won't have to worry about the issues that affected Expo officials last year," said the coalition's Rev. Charles Harrison.
And in doing that, I.B.E. leaders can aim for another goal: boosting attendance.
To that end, there have also been some date changes:
- The Corporate Luncheon will move from Thursday to Friday.
- The Free Concert with Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant will move from Sunday to Friday.
- The All White Party moves from Friday to Saturday.
- The Fashion Show moves from Saturday to Sunday.
The event ender will now be the The IBE Legends of Hip-Hop and R&B Concert at Conseco Fieldhouse on Sunday, July 17.
"We think they'll stay longer." Heeter said. "Instead of one night, they'll stay two or three nights."
Combined, organizers are looking to bring last year's numbers of about 250,000 visitors to more like 300,000. All with the expectation, it will also be safer this summer.