2021 OHTLI AWARD Presentation

The Tristate had a wonderful Celebration marking the start of Latino Heritage month this Wednesday, September 15th at the Old National Events Plaza, honoring the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latin Americans with a colorful celebration hosted by the Consul General of Mexico in Indianapolis and the Evansville Latino Center.   

The Celebration featured a proclamation by Evansville Mayor, Lloyd Winnecke and the Consul General from Mexico presented the 2021 OTHLI Award1 to Abraham Brown. a local Latino Community Leader.  

Abraham Brown co-founded the Evansville Latino Center and has also served as the Director of Latino Ministry in Henderson, KY since 2008. He is well-known for his community leadership and his work on promoting inclusion for the Latino Community in the tristate. Mr. Brown, a very successful entrepreneur and restauranteur has led the way for many other Latinos to start different businesses in the Evansville/Henderson area.  

Mr. Brown also co-founded the Southwest Indiana Latino Chamber Alliance in 2016, the Latino Collaboration Table in 2011, He created the first and now the Largest Latino Festival in Southern Indiana: FIESTA EVANSVILLE in 2012, Festival that has brought together over 35,000 members of our diverse community over the past 7 years. Also, in partnership with the Evansville Police Department, he started the EPD Latino Citizens Academy Program in 2011, He started in 2017 the First Scholarship for Latinos at the University of Southern Indiana: The Abraham Brown Scholarship for Latino Students. Founded the Annual Latino Business Leaders Forum in 2013, Founded the First Interstate Latino Soccer League Latino bringing together dozens of Latino Teams from both Indiana and Kentucky since 2015. 

Mr. Brown has been the official Regional Liaison for the Consulate of Mexico in Indianapolis with the southern region of the State of Indiana and the Northwest of the State of Kentucky, He has been key to the realization of mobile Consulates for more than 10 years, in addition to annually bringing together a select number of community and business leaders so that the Consulate of Mexico can have a high leadership and information forum with selected topics, from Immigration, Civil Protection, DACA, Business Development to Health.  

1: The Ohtli award is administered by the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs. It is given once annually by the Consulate of México and consists of a medallion, silver rosette and a diploma. The name of the award comes from the Nahuatl word which means “road” or “path.” The medal depicts an Aztec god cutting grass with a machete. The symbolism of the name alludes to the idea of opening a path for others. The first award was given out in 1996. The award is the highest honor given by the Mexican Government to citizens living outside of Mexico. The Ohtli Award recognizes individuals who have aided, empowered or positively affected the lives of Mexican nationals in the United States and other countries.