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Longtime Recorder columnist, influential community activist and “radio warrior” Amos Brown III passed away suddenly at the age of of 64. Reason his death is unknown at this time, but as confirmed in a family statement by AM-1310 The Light, Brown collapsed while visiting family in Chicago, Nov. 6.

President and General Manager of the Indianapolis Recorder, Shannon Williams, released the following 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.”

Brown has been praised for asking tough questions and highlighting several issues related to criminal justice, politics, and socioeconomic factors. Brown’s “Just Telling’ It” column has been published in the Recorder for 21 years and remains one of the most popular sections in the newspaper.

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly said, “Amos was a once-in-a-generation community leader and a tireless advocate for Hoosiers and all those who didn’t have a voice. Everyone in Indiana knew Amos and had so much respect for his work in the community. There will be others who will take up his causes and speak to the same issues, but there will never be another Amos. I send my sympathies and prayers to his family. We will all miss him.”

He hosted the very popular, “Afternoons with Amos” radio show on WTLC-1310 The Light and was inducted into the Indiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007.

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.

Stay tuned to the Indianapolis Recorder for details. 

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