Clerk Dorothy Brown Will Be “Guest of Honor” and Receive Award At Quinn Chapel AME Church’s “Community Role Call”
- Saturday, July 21, 2012
CHICAGO -- The Honorable Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, will be the Guest of Honor and recipient of a Community Service Award at Quinn Chapel AME Church, Saturday, July 21, 2012; 7:00 PM, Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2401 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL
Quinn’s Chapel’s Community Role Call: Celebrating Landmarks, Honoring Leaders, and Continuing Legacies is a celebration of the church’s dedicated service to its surrounding community that also recognizes the contributions of others. The “Roll Call” is part of weekend festivities honoring Quinn Chapel’s 165th anniversary.
Clerk Brown will be recognized as a leader in the community and her name will be included on a commemorative plaque.
“I am elated and proud to receive this prestigious honor from the historic Quinn Chapel AME Church,” said Clerk Brown. “This faith institution has such an illustrious tradition of service to the community and I am excited to be included in that outstanding legacy. I truly appreciate being honored for my commitment to community service,” Clerk Brown added.
On Thursday, July 22, 1847, the founding members of Quinn Chapel were recognized as an official congregation of the A.M.E. Church. Quinn Chapel has stood at the corner of Wabash Ave. and 24th St. since 1891, and is rich in history. Prior to the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation, Quinn played an important part in the abolition movement in Chicago and served as a station for the Underground Railroad. Educators George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington, poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. are among the many nationally renowned individuals to address the congregation from Quinn’s pulpit. In recent years, Congressmen Danny K. Davis, Bobby Rush, Jesse Jackson, Jr., Gov. Pat Quinn and President Barack Obama have stood in Quinn Chapel’s pulpit.
On Nov. 7, 2000, Dorothy Brown was elected as the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, making her the first African-American to hold the position. She is currently serving her third term as the official keeper of records for all judicial matters brought into one of the largest unified court systems in the world.