Clergy, choir among 1,000-plus at Expo’s Faith Service Indiana Black Expo’s Summer Celebration kicked off Thursday night with a church service featuring music, prayer and praise. The Expo has been an event for 41 years and this year’s is no different.

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The Expo  will be held from July 7, 2011 to July 17, 2011.  Besides the feature of education and support of the community, parents are invited to take a online pledge.  The pledge is as follows:

I pledge to:

• Uphold my responsibilities as a parent and participant of IBE

• Hold myself accountable for my child’s actions

• Respect law enforcement

• Ensure my child abides by the Indiana Curfew Law

• Report inappropriate behavior

• Enjoy OUR CELEBRATION with my family, friends, and community!

More than 1,000 people gathered for the Ecumenical Service at Light of the World Christian Church on the Northwestside.

Special guest speaker the Rev. Kevin Cosby, senior pastor of St. Stephen Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., delivered a rousing and inspirational message in which he urged believers to follow the voice of Moses, which tells them to practice self-discipline.

Moses, Cosby said, is the voice that tells him to keep driving when he sees a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts shop. “What you are today is based on what voice you are listening to,” Cosby said.

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He reminded those gathered of the accomplishments of blacks through history, including George Washington Carver, Dr. Charles Drew and Jackie Robinson.”If it’s a mountain, you can climb it. If it’s a valley, you can cross it,” Cosby said. “If they knock you down, you can get back up.” About 100 performers from Cosby’s church, the St. Stephen Mass Choir, opened the program with “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” often called “The Black National Anthem,” and other songs.