Support our efforts to bring back Monster Meetings in Indianapolis

Monster Meetings began in 1904 at the Senate Avenue YMCA, the Indianapolis Y for African American Men and Boys. These assemblies started as an evangelistic effort, but in later years expanded to encompass not only the religious aspects of being Black in America but the social, political, and economic aspects as well. Monster Meetings became one of the nation’s most highly respected public forums. Before ending in 1962, the meeting series had featured everyone from Eleanor Roosevelt to Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King, Jr. to Jackie Robinson.

The meetings’ legislative branch played a critical role in undermining segregation in Indianapolis schools, jobs, housing, and recreational facilities. Advances included the integration of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, and the preparation of anti-hate and anti-segregation bills that were adopted as law in the late 1940s.

Through the revival of Monster Meetings, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is working to create racial equity, strengthen character and empower future leaders through truth and racial reconciliation. We look forward to dialogues that educate, motivate and inspire positive change.