Solidarity Day in South Bend


Monday is Solidarity Day.

In 1971, South Bend's African American community embraced the Dyngus Day tradition, and started one of their own.

The intent is to show camaraderie in the African American community.

Over the years, it has evolved into a day where all nationalities can come together and celebrate good traditions, good food and good company.

Monday, a stretch of Western Avenue is renamed Solidarity Drive, while Ford Street is Dyngus Day drive. "It really means we're all coming together, that there are things that we have in common that we want to celebrate and we encourage people to come out, have a good time, enjoy themselves -- drive safely. Really get to know your neighbors and come out and shake hands with some of the politicians!" explains South Bend Mayor, Steve Luecke.

Of course, the changes are only temporary.

Both streets will go back to their original names Tuesday.


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