Remembering Anthony J. Bridgeman
April 5, 1972 to April 6, 2023
Anthony Bridgeman was a pivotal member of the Momentum Indy team, serving on the Board of Directors from 2019 through 2023 and as our board chair from 2020-2022. Anthony channeled his passion for cycling and love for his community through Momentum Indy in many ways, namely by serving as a great connector of people and strategic thinker who led our board through our first strategic planning process. Through many stakeholder interviews and planning sessions, Anthony helped to author the plan that is serving as our organization's roadmap today.
Anthony had a vision for his community that was more beautiful and more connected than when he arrived in here Indy. Many of Anthony's friends and colleagues recognized him as a great connector of people, and it was this gift that served our organization throughout Anthony's tenure with Momentum Indy.
Anthony also sought to recognize the legacy of those who came before him, most notably Marshall "Major" Taylor, who is now the namesake of our community ride, Honor Major Taylor. He was a founding member of the grassroots Major Taylor Coalition to honor Indianapolis native and world champion cyclist Marshall "Major" Taylor (1878-1932) with a large downtown mural as a trailblazing Black athlete. Anthony admired Taylor for his athletic achievement but even more for his high integrity and perseverance amid overt and persistent racism.
We will miss Anthony as a mentor, leader, volunteer, cycling mate, and most of all friend. In lieu of funeral services, this tribute video and future events will celebrate and honor Anthony’s impact in Indianapolis.
Anthony leaves behind his beloved son, Grant J. Bridgeman, his parents Anthony J. (Hazel) Bridgeman Sr., Janice (James) Lawson, as well as brothers Kevin Bridgeman, James ‘'Jimmy’ Lawson, NGozi Bridgeman, Njeri Bridgeman, extended family, Marquisha Bridgeman and a host of close friends.
In Anthony's memory, you may consider making a gift to one of the many organizations Anthony served, including the Starfish Initiative, where he was a mentor, Freewheelin' Community Bikes, or Momentum Indy.