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The phrase “Black Lives Matter” has been said a lot in recent months.  But in Indianapolis there’s been a demonstration of the Impact that One Black Life Can Have. In a Special Broadcast, longtime friends, business partners, mentors, professional colleagues, community and civic leaders gathered for a moving, touching, humourous and melancholy tribute to a Life Well Lived that was William G. “Bill” Mays who died Thursday, December 4th at the age of 69. Afternoons with Amos devoted a full two hour program to exploring Bill Mays career and why this Evansville native, educated in Indiana, lived virtually his entire life on Indiana, started from humble business beginnings and built his Mays Chemical Company business into one of the largest Black-owned businesses in America.  At the same time spending untold dollars investing in the business dreams of minority entrepreneurs; mentoring hundreds of minority men and women who had dreams and goals to succeed in their business and profession; donating untold amounts and to charity and civic causes while devoting untold hours towards those organizations and activities.  During the broadcast a wide range of leaders from media, politics, health, civic organizations along with longtime friends, business partners and colleagues shared their stories about this unique, literally one of a kind leader who touched the lives of so many in Indianapolis, Indiana and the nation. Appearing on the Two Hour Afternoons with Amos Special were: Geno Shelton, Entertainment Entrepreneur; Carolyn Mosby, Executive Director, Midstates Regional Minority Supplier Development Council; Rickie Clark, Media Entrepreneur; Rep. Andre Carson; Tony Mason, President, Indianapolis Urban League, former Head Circle City Classic; Michael (Mickey) Maurer with IBJ Corp, National Bank of Indianapolis and longtime Bill Mays friend; George Pillow, CEO/Pillow Logistics who worked with Bill Mays on Circle City Classic; John Myrland, Old National Bank and former President, Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce; Indiana University President Dr. Michael McRobbie; Bill Shirk, Former Owner with Bill Mays of Hot 96.3, 106.7, 100.9 and WAV-TV; Joyce Rogers, IU Foundation, former Indiana Black Expo President; Bill Crawford, Longtime State Legislator; Jim Morris, longtime civic leader, currently with Pacers Sports and Entertainment; Purdue President and Former Governor Mitch Daniels; Former Governor and Senator Evan Bayh; Robert Jackson, Mentored by Bill Mays; Matt Murphy of Mays Chemical who assisted Bill Mays in his business deals; Sam Odle, representing United Way of Central Indiana; Derrick Burks, Managing Partner, Ernst & Young; Tammy Butler Robinson, Managing Principal, Engaging Solutions; Dr. Virginia Caine, Director, Marion County Health Department; Kevin Adams, Polemarch, Kappa Alpha Psi; Prince Hall Masons Grand Master Clyde Bailey. The program gives unique insight into the Career and Life of this remarkable business and civic leader. Who literally opened doors of opportunity for many individuals, businesses and organizations in the African-American community. After listeneing to this Special Afternoons with Amos, you’ll understand the Impact That One Black Life Can Have. That Black Life Matters. See the Slide Show Of In Studio Guests.  Click the Media Player to hear the Afternoons with Amos Tribute to Bill Mays. ©2014 WTLC/Radio One.  Part One Runs 51 Minutes.   Part Two Runs 46 Minutes.

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