Indy Day of Solidarity – We Stand Together on June 13

Eli Lilly and Company  | June 13, 2020

As a company, Lilly has made significant progress to become a more diverse, equitable and inclusive company.

But that’s no longer enough.

Lilly is a major Indianapolis employer and widely recognized as a corporate leader in diversity and inclusion. Starting now, we’re using our platform to speak up, speak out and work toward solutions to end the racism and inequalities that African Americans and other minorities have experienced for far too long.

While change is needed everywhere, let’s start in Indianapolis, our community and home to Lilly for over 144 years. There is much work to do here to make life better for everyone.

And we want to do more.

We’re bringing new people and organizations together to acknowledge the trauma of racial injustice, understand its many forms, and create a call to action for lasting change. This work starts with a virtual event this Saturday, June 13, from 12 to 12:30 p.m. (Eastern time). Note: You can watch the full program playback on Lilly's YouTube channel.

The Indy Day of Solidarity – We Stand Together event will feature messages from:

  • Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett

  • Indianapolis City-County Council member Maggie Lewis, who is also CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis

  • Kennedy King Memorial Initiative executive director Darryl Lockett

  • Longtime news anchor and reporter Angela Cain

  • Lilly chairman and CEO Dave Ricks

And we’re partnering with Indianapolis’ oldest African American newspaper, largest minority-owned television station and largest urban radio stations. The Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper, WISH-TV and Radio One will simulcast the event on television and radio, and online and via social media for people outside Indianapolis.

Here’s how to watch the event:

TV Broadcast:

  • WISH-TV Channel 8

Radio Broadcast:

  • HOT 96.3 FM

  • The Light 92.7 FM/1310 AM

  • WLTC 106.7 FM

Online:

Social Media:

Note: A Facebook account is not required to watch. An Instagram account is required to watch.

Learn more about the simulcasts at:

We hope Indy Day of Solidarity – We Stand Together will inspire people to volunteer and donate to groups working in our local communities, both here in Indianapolis and across the U.S. As part of Indy Day of Solidarity – We Stand Together, we encourage people to:

  • Wear black on Saturday to show your solidarity.

  • Take time to read, think and reflect on the kind of community you want – and what you can learn or change to help us get there.

  • Reach out to someone different from you. Ask questions about each other’s journey through life: how are you similar, and how have your experiences been different?

  • Speak out. Promote Indy Day of Solidarity – We Stand Together by sharing Lilly’s social media posts on your social media accounts.

To underscore our commitment to positive action, we’re also announcing a pledge by Lilly and the Lilly Foundation of $25 million and 25,000 employee volunteer hours over five years. We’ll direct the funding and volunteerism toward combatting racial injustice and inequity, and we plan to join forces with other businesses and community groups to achieve our goals.

While there’s nothing easy about the road ahead, we can no longer accept systemic bias in any of its forms.

The time for platitudes is behind us – the time for urgent action is now.