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Source: Strawberry Festival / Christ Church Cathedral

The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST for Wednesday, June 20, 2015. (This Story Starts At 02:51 On PODCAST Media Player) Sometimes, unfortunately, African-American accomplishments are overshadowed.  It could be because of an oversight. It could be because others want to downplay the contributions Blacks have made in the history of an organization.  That is the case concerning the origins of an Indianapolis institution and event that’s celebrating a half century anniversary.  Nathan Gore was a husband and father of three and a proud member of Allen Chapel AME Church.  But Nathan Gore worked 32 years for Christ Church Cathedral downtown on the Circle as a Sexton, which the dictionary defines as a person who looks after a church or church grounds.


Rosemarie Gore Bigsbee

Rosemarie Gore Bigbee

It was during Nathan Gore’s service to that historic church downtown on Monument Circle, when he sat down with a group of church members in 1964 as they discussed church fund raising ideas.  Nathan Gore said he had helped put together strawberry festivals for other organizations and he felt he could help do the same for Christ Church Cathedral.  Thus began Nathan Gore’s efforts as one of those who helped create the enduring Strawberry Festival of Christ Church. Despite promises by Cathedral officials to document Gore’s contributions towards this event in the church archives, it never happened. Nathan Gore’s daughter Rose Marie Gore Bigbee is on a mission to correct the error in history and have the Cathedral and the Episcopal Church in Indiana recognize her father’s contributions to an event that raised millions for the ministry outreach of Christ Church Cathedral.  Appearing on Afternoons with Amos, Rose Marie Gore Bigbee eloquently, and with some emotion, told about her father’s work with the Cathedral and his efforts at launching the Cathedral’s first several Strawberry Festivals.  Bigbee, an accomplished singer and renaissance woman with an MBA and degrees in music, opera, dance and medical technology,is also a former broadcaster as she was Rainbow Rosie for many years of Public TV in Indy. In the interview, Rose Marie Gore Bigbee simply asked that the historical record be corrected and that Nathan Gore receives the credit and recognition for helping launch one Indianapolis’ longest running and most successful and tasty grassroots fund raising events.

Tech HS graduation

Arsenal Tech HS Graduation

amos at tech graduation

(This Story Starts At 29:22 Mark On PODCAST Media Player)  Afternoons with Amos Host/Managing Editor Amos Brown has the great honor and privilege of delivering the Commencement Address at the Class of 2015 Graduation of IPS’ Arsenal Technical High School.  The 303 graduates and their families and friends literally jammed Tech’s gymnasium for the ceremonies. Afterwards, Brown joined IPS Academic Improvement Officer Dr. Ve-Lecia Council and Principal Larry Yarrell in congratulating each graduate as their name was called to receive their diplomas. In an Afternoons with Amos Commentary, Amos talked about his experience at the commencement, but lamented that no member of the IPS School Board bothered to attend the graduation ceremonies for the district’s largest high school.  An occurrence that Amos found distressing; bordering on sinful.

Molly Dueberry Craft

Source: GIPC Exec Dir Molly Deuberry Craft / GIPC Website

(This Story Starts At The 54:19 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC) has been assisting Indianapolis Mayor’s for 50 years in handling and dealing with major community problems, programs and initiative as directed by the Mayor, which controls, guides and directs this group of business and civic leaders. Even though his term ends December 31st, Mayor Greg Ballard has asked GIPC to lead a new entity called the 360 Coalition. It’s a partnership created to address the root causes of crime by connecting the work of existing anchor community organizations. The initial partners of this effort are the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, United Way of Central Indiana, Marion County Commission on Youth, Indiana Black Expo, the Marion County Re-entry Coalition, and the Indy Hunger Network. GIPC Executive Director Molly Deuberry Craft and Front Porch Alliance Director Douglas Hairston appeared on Afternoons with Amos to explain the initiative. In a nut shell, Craft and Hairston explained that the 360 Coalition will work together to address the root causes of crime that impact persons Ages 0 to 24. The Coalition will also focus on offender re-entry, mental health and hunger and food issues. The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Wednesday, June 10 Runs 92 Minutes ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. PODCAST Starts After Brief Video Ad.