Amos Brown posthumously awarded the Sachem Award

By Jasmine Otam 

INDIANAPOLIS – Before the sudden death of Amos Brown last November, his 40-year career in broadcast and his passion for being the voice of the voiceless helped him to become a household name in the African American community.

His advocacy and talent are what led to him being named, posthumously, the 2015 Sachem Award recipient at the 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Thursday.

“He was that unique individual that could passionately advocate for that which he believed but do so with a tender heart,” said Gov. Mike Pence.

Brown dedicated his life to being an advocate for change for issues affecting the African American community. Brown showed consistent dedication to making a change in the Indianapolis community for those without a voice, and he worked with elected state officials to make that change possible.

“I never won an argument with Amos Brown, but I won a friend,” said Pence.

Brown’s widow, Quinetta Brown, and other family members accepted the posthumous award at the special presentation held in the Statehouse Thursday.

“The Sachem was that member of a Native American tribe whose character, whose integrity, whose commitment to the community made them of unique importance to not just the chief of the tribe, but to all of the members of the tribe,” said Pence.

Brown also served with a variety of organizations across Indianapolis, including Riley Hospital for Children, the United Negro College Fund, and the Indiana Black Expo.

Jasmine Otam is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

Correction: This post has been corrected from its original version. In an earlier version, photo captions improperly identified Quinetta Brown and Oveda Brown. Click here to see all our corrections.
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