THE HONOREES — The 2019 Freetown Village Making A Difference Award winners are (from left) Deon Harris, Myla Eldridge, Venita Moore and Dr. Leonard Scott. All are graduates of Indianapolis Public Schools.



Each year, Freetown Village— an African-American living history museum — hosts the Making a Difference Awards Dinner to celebrate local residents who are actually making a positive impact in the community.

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, the organization celebrated the 2019 honorees who all just happened to be Indianapolis Public Schools alumni.

The dinner was held on the campus of IUPUI. In addition to the awards ceremony, Freetown Village also partnered with Storytelling Arts of Indiana to record part of each honoree’s life story. These recordings are housed at the Indiana Historical Society.

The 2019 honorees:

Venita Moore

Moore, who currently serves as vice president for the IPS Board of School Commissioners, is a graduate of Arlington High School. She is a managing principal of Engaging Solutions, a management consulting firm.

  • Listen to Moore’s story.

Myla Eldridge

Eldridge, a graduate of John Marshall High School, is the first African American to serve as Marion County clerk. She and her team are dedicated to removing barriers to make the voting experience easy, free and fair to everyone.

  • Listen to Eldridge’s story.

Deon Harris

Harris is an officer with the Indianapolis Marion County Police Department (IMPD) and a graduate of Arsenal Technical High School. He serves as coordinator for the OK Program, which is based in several IPS middle and high schools and empowers young people to see their opportunities.

  • Listen to Harris’ story.

Dr. Leonard Scott

Scott, a graduate of Arsenal Technical High School, has run Scott Dentistry for almost half a century. He founded the dental practice in 1973. Scott also is the founder of TyScot Records, a gospel music recording company.

  • Listen to Scott’s story.

Congratulations to all of these amazing honorees!