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Carolene Mays

Nominated by: Indiana State University
Publisher, businesswoman and politician, Carolene Mays’ stewardship of The Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper, her work on a public affairs TV show ROAR, and her role as State Representative have made her one of Indianapolis’s most visible entrepreneurs.  Among many honors, Mays is recipient of the Legislator of the Year Award from the Indiana Minority Health Coalition.  Nominating entity Indiana State University, where Ms. Mays graduated in 1985, stresses that Mays has “dealt with prejudice, escaped from an abusive marriage, built a successful business career in a male-dominated industry and resurrected one of the oldest surviving African American newspapers from near extinction…Mays embodies all the characteristics we would like to have in our friends, daughters, sisters, mothers….”