Indianapolis community leaders remember longtime radio host Amos Brown

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 7, 2015) – Many community members and leaders released statements expressing their sadness following the announcement of Amos Brown’s death.

IBE President Tanya Bell released this statement Saturday after the announcement of Brown's passing:

The board, staff and members of Indiana Black Expo are truly saddened by the passing of Amos Brown, a life-time champion of justice and equality for the African-American community and the underserved. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, our Radio One family and our entire community. His passion and voice will be sorely missed. Amos defined his life through an unwavering and unparalleled commitment to public service, advocacy and leadership. IBE is committed to honoring his legacy in our ongoing work.

Chuck Williams, Radio One Indianapolis Vice President and General Manager, released this statement Saturday:

“Amos has touched the lives and hearts of hundreds of our Radio One family, both past and present.  Amos has touched hundreds of thousands of our extended Radio Family who have tuned in or reached out to Amos Brown every day of his illustrious Hall of Fame Broadcast Career.  A City is identified and driven by the depth and passion of our leader’s Civic commitment.  Amos Brown was large among them.  During Amos’s entire life he exemplified true passion and caring for the City of Indianapolis and definitively for the Community he loved to serve.

Our Hearts are with Amos’s immediate family and we ask that you support them in their grief and loss.”

City-County Council President Maggie Lewis released statement about Brown's death:

Today, Indianapolis has lost a true legend and friend.  Amos Brown dedicated his life advocating for issues affecting African Americans. His passion for journalism and commitment to our community created the perfect recipe for sharing information that impacted our quality of life.  We will miss our daily doses of "Afternoon's with Amos" and his weekly "Telling it Like It Is" column in The Indianapolis Recorder.  While his voice may be silent, the legacy he created and the memories we shared, will live forever in our hearts and minds.

Indianapolis Recorder President Shannon Williams released this statement:

"The Indianapolis Recorder family is saddened to hear about the passing of longtime supporter and columnist Amos Brown. Amos was not only an intellectual giant, he was a champion for equality and justice. Amos was both my friend and mentor. I will miss our bond and numerous candid conversations. His voice, candor, and keen ability to speak truth to power - despite possible backlash, will be greatly missed. Our community has lost a great mind and a great man."

Pastor Greene with the Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis released this statement about Brown's passing:

The Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis Inc. extends our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of our beloved Amos Brown.  The community of Indianapolis is suffering a tremendous loss by not being able to tune in to “Afternoons with Amos” and hear Amos’ voice.  Amos was a major voice for the disenfranchised in our city.  He was always willing to point people in the right direction for a solution to their problem.  Certainly, his radio program was not about entertainment but about ministry to the community.

Many people depended on Amos’ intellect and wisdom for clear direction and access to quality information about what is happening in the city.  Amos’ historical knowledge and his ability to do quality research on current issues made him a major voice for our city.  His willingness to bring the most challenging issues to the airways in a professional way to provide his audience with quality information will be greatly missed.

With the loss of Representative Bill Crawford from the political ranks and Amos Brown from the media ranks, two major icons and voices for and to the community have been lost.  Neither individual can be replaced but each leaves a tremendous legacy that cannot be neglected or ignored.

Our thoughts and prayers will continually be with the entire Brown family.

Governor Mike Pence released this statement in regards to Brown's passing:

“With the passing of Amos Brown, Indiana broadcasting lost a legend and Indianapolis lost a champion. Like so many of his admirers, Karen and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of this gifted Hoosier broadcaster and passionate advocate for his community.

“For more than 40 years, Amos dedicated his life’s work to amplifying the voice of the Indianapolis community. From his studio and in countless civic causes, Amos Brown worked each and every day to improve the lives of his listeners and better our capitol city.

“While our politics often differed, Amos Brown never let that stand in the way of friendship and I will miss him very much. His example of civility and respect was a testimony to the character and heart of this good man.

“He leaves behind a lasting legacy and impact on this city and state that will never be forgotten. Karen and I extend our deepest condolences and prayers for comfort to Amos’ family, friends, and listeners at this difficult time.”

Indianapolis Mayor-Elect Joe Hogsett released this statement:

"Today, our city mourns the loss of a special person who gave us a sense of communal responsibility and universal compassion. Amos Brown was a pioneer of journalism, a voice for the voiceless, and a friend.  Over the years, I was fortunate enough to get to know Amos and spend time with him -- both in the studio and out in our neighborhoods.  He was kind, he was wise, and he cared deeply about our city. In this difficult time, Steph and I have the entire Brown family in our thoughts and prayers. There will only ever be one Amos Brown.  And we will miss him dearly."