Happenings in and around Historic 5 Points February 2011
Muhammad Ali and Five Points Rumble Young Man, Rumble
Muhammad Ali at the weighin prior to defending his title with Sonny Listion After winning the heavyweight boxing title from Floyd Patterson in 1962, Sonny Liston moved to northeast Denver and proclaimed, “I’d rather be a lamp post in Denver than the mayor of Philadelphia.” With the world heavyweight
champion now residing in northeast Denver, anyone seeking the title had to come through Park Hill. Cassius Clay, a 1960 boxing Olympic gold medalist known for his media antics, mounted his tour bus and headed west.
Six Decades of Family Ownership
Top, left to right: Nelly Luna, Sonya Williams, David Babineaux, Maple Ross, Genevie Frederick Bottom, left to right: Carla Harris, Verne Harris, Patrick Harris, Kim Harris
Commonly known as “Mr. Five Points,” the economic development work of McKinley Harris is one of the primary reasons Welton Street is realizing its current economic turnaround. Were it not for his realty company, many African American and other mar-
ginalized people would have never realized the American dream of home ownership. Harris got African Americans into homes while others were determined to keep them out. Prior to going into real estate in the 1950s, Harris owned a bicycle shop
“I’m Bear hunting. Liston’s too ugly to be champ. The champ should be pretty like me,” Clay shouted in the middle of Five Points. He even predicted, “Someone’s gonna die of shock when I win this fight.” On February 25, 1964 Cassius Clay “shocked the world” when as a 7-1 underdog he defeated Liston in Miami, Florida. With this suprising upset, the world heavyweight title moved from northeast Denver to Clay’s home in Kentucky. Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali, and the rest, as they say, is history. Five Points is part of that history. Not only did Ali come here promoting the fight and seeking the title, he was also friends with Five Points businessman LeRoy Smith. Ali wanted Smith to be his Denver “publicity man” (see note on page two). Another Park Hill resident, Ron Lyle, was moments away from winning the heavyweight title from Ali in 1975. Lyle was said to have outboxed Ali and was ahead in the fight until Ali responded in the 11th round and the referee stopped the fight. Liston, Ali, Joe “The Brown Bomber” Lewis and more were common faces in Five Points. They enjoyed the food, entertainment, and rich community fabric of this historic neighborhood. If you have a boxing story to tell, 5 Points News wants to hear from you. –brother jeff
across the street from a dry goods store owned by Al Snyder. Snyder admired the young man’s work ethic and asked if Harris would be willing to go into business with him. This partnership became the birth of Public Realty. Mr. Harris’s wife Gaylene recalled, “Snyder held the broker license and Harris held the salesman license. For the first two years, my husband ran the business full time while Snyder continued working at his dry goods store.” Then the turbulent sixties arrived. Riots swept the nation. “Burn Baby Burn” and “Ready for the Revolution” were popular slogans. In this highly charged racial climate, Snyder decided to sell to Harris and leave Five Points. Mr. Harris passed away in 1998. Vern Harris, his oldest son, now heads the company. Working alongside his brother Patrick, the two sons represent a second generation of ownership and family real estate agents. continued page 5
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Heavyweight Boxing Champions & 5 Points Did you know...Muhammad Ali wanted Five Points businessman Leroy Smith to promote him.; Sonny Listion lived in northeast Denver; and Joe Lewis spent considerable time in Five Points when in town visiting family residents? Now you know.
Did Muhammad Ali visit 5 Points?
All heroes have superpowers. Muhammad Ali can “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.” Oh how I cherish the photo we took in front of my northeast Denver home. There I stand on Garfield street with the greatest sports icon, humanitarian and most recognizable face on the planet. Amazing. More amazing is the role northeast Denver played in the Louisville Lip’s rise to global prominence. In 1963, the road to the heavyweight boxing title came through Five Points. The aspiring champ parked his tour bus on Welton Street in search of heavyweight champion The Rossonian at 26th andwanted Weltonto- find The African Old Baxter Hotel in Colorado, Sonny Liston. Even Ali knew that if you Americans
your first stop was Five Points. Liston was certainly part of that vibrant community tapestry. Not finding the heavyweight champion of the world on Welton, Ali’s bus headed down Martin Luther King Boulevard, over to the 3500 block of Monaco directly to the front door of Liston’s northeast Denver home. Amidst a whirlwind of media and traffic backed up to Stapleton Airport, to the Colorado governor and what seemed like all of Colorado, Ali shouted, “Come out and fight you big ol ugly bear!” This issue of 5 Points News celebrates Black History Month as well as Black history in the making. In addition to 5 Points connection to the heavyweight boxing world we will feature Public Reality, a family owned company that has endured for sixty years. We will answer the question: Who is Wallace Sampson and VFW Post 49? Local activist Terrance Roberts joins the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Jaz Z, and Will.I.Am as he is recognized nationally for his determination to stop violence and Healing the Hood. We will check in with Wil Alson and the Five Points Business District, the Cop Shop, and see Five Points in action at last month’s Dr. Martin Luther King Marade. Make sure you check out all the happenings in and around The Points. 5 Points News is also excited to join The Denver Weekly News, Denver Urban Spectrum, and Body of Christ News as we sponsor The Crowning Event of Black History Month: “The State of Black Colorado: Have We Arrived?” We invite you to join us for an exciting panel discussion featuring some of Colorado’s leading leaders, activists and scholars. Happy Black History Month and in the words of Ali, I say: Rumble young man rumble. Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhhh! – brother jeff
Five Points Parkers Beware... unless you have extra dollars to spare?
If you thought a parking ticket couldn’t bring you to tears, wait until you find one for $150 perched on your car window. Before you say, “That’s what you get for parking in a handicapped parking spot,” allow me to say in my defense, “There wasn’t one the last few times I parked there. “ As a matter of fact, I’ve been parking in that location for years, it simply hadn’t dawned on me to look at the parking signs, that is, until now. I’ve noticed quite a few meter maids roaming around the Welton Street corridor recently. More than I’ve observed in the past. So I am contributing this article as I do not want you share my recent experience. I am not going to argue whether or not the city is out to get us. I will simply say this: check the parking signs. If you overstay your 2-hour limit, you will get a ticket. If your meter runs out, you will get a ticket. For those of you who are upgrading your cell phones at Wireless
Express on 26th Street, if you park where there is a no parking sign, you will get a ticket. Pay close attention to signs on 28th and Welton, they have been changed to a 2-hour parking limit. And whatever you do, look out for new handicap parking signs. There are more than enough meter maids on hand to enforce parking violations. You will not escape them. As to the matter of my $150 parking ticket, while still in shock, I made several phone calls to find out when the sign was installed. Well as it turns out, I am not crazy, the sign had indeed recently been placed there. With this information, I made haste to the parking magistrate and my ticket was reduced to $75. Of course, I think it would be nice for local businesses and residents to be notified when such changes occur, but since they are not… PARKERS BEWARE! – Cynthia Martin
5 POINTS NEWS
Monthly Publication - February 2011
Publisher brother jeff
Have a story, news, idea or event happening in 5 Points? We want to hear about it... Contact us at 303.297.0823 or email 5pointsnews @brotherjeff.com 2 8 5 Points News
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Writers Terrance “Big T” Hughes Kenneth Drew Lakisha Rankin Brooklyn Dorsey brother jeff Cynthia Martin 5 Points News is a publication of brother jeff’s Cultural Center. 2836 Welton Street Denver, CO 80205 303.297.0823 www.brotherjeff.com
Editor’s Correction: In our January 2011 issue, we printed the Arcade and 715 Club were in the same building. Actually, they are next door to each other.
Terrence rOBERTS HEALING THE HOOD
Excited about Five Points
U.S. Representative Diana DeGette hosted her annual meeting of African American leaders at the Park Hill Golf Club this month to discuss topics of vital importance including the impact of federal budget cuts, unemployment, public education, foreclosures, health care and more. “I’m here to let people know what I am working on in Washington and most importantly hear what the needs are in the first congessional district,” Degette said.
When people think of prophets they theme in Terrence’s life--and that was often conjure up images or thoughts of the love. Even when he was banging, it was infamous Ms. Cleo, or some over the top out of love for his hood and homies. religious zealot promising cars and new I refer to Terrence as a prophet behomes to everyone they meet. cause he reminds me so much of the bibliWith that being said, it is not hard to cal prophet, Paul. Just like Paul, he was understand that when a real prophet such a committed warrior who took lives and as Terrence Roberts arwas converted to a warrior rived with a message “I define success that saves lives. that he had lived and is the Founder as having a stable and Terrence now needed to share, Executive Director of organization that the Prodigal Son Initiative the same Denver community he loves so dearcan forever be in Denver. He started the orly did not immediately ganization because he knew on the front lines that there were a lot of kids embrace him. The prophetic mesas a safe haven that needed to hear this message that he spreads He shows kids how for our youth and sage. locally, nationally and to love and represent their families...” internationally is one of community without getting redemption, empowerthemselves killed or hurting ment, and if you are in a gang, there are someone else. approximately 700 days until you end up Although he is now a much sought in a grave or a wheel chair. after speaker, community leader and sucYou see Terrence is a veteran of cessful business man, Terrence rememstreet and gang life since he enlisted in bers the days of being discouraged when the Bloods gang at the age of 14 in his he was judged by his past actions and life neighborhood of Park Hill. He has expeand not his new message. rienced everything gang life has to offer, He never had a mentor to help him including being shot and incarcerated for understand the political processes and 11 years. barriers he would face as a leader, not Through it all, there was one central only for the Prodigal Son Initiate but also
in the community at large. The one thing he knew that was going to help him was a spirit of excellence. Terrence is self-taught in many areas and he has a bevy of awards for his leadership and community service. This prophet does not use conventional markers to measure his success, and says “I define success as having a stable organization that can forever be on the front lines as a safe haven for our youth and families. When our children are thinking about becoming doctors, or debating what is the best college to go to, or thinking about a prestigious career path, then I will be happy and feel accomplished”. I say to the community and world “let he who has ears” hear what the Prophet Terrence Roberts, Founder of Prodigal Son Initiative, has to say. – Terrence “Big T” Hughes
For more information on the Prodigal Son Initiative please call 303-953-1541.
Wallace Simpson American Legion Post 29
Photo left-right: Joe Thomas, Norman Harris, Ed Jackson and Commander Richard Stemley
While at the Martin Luther King Marade, I noticed a group of very distinguished African American veterans standing at attention holding the American, American Legion, and Colorado state flags. They stood for nearly an hour prior to the Marade. Once the Marade started, the commander called with a loud voice “Attention! Ready, march, hut two three four, hut two three four,” and with the energy and discipline of a modern military machine they marched the entire Marade route without complaint and without missing a beat. I asked myself where did these heroes come from? The answer was right in front of me--Wallace Simpson American Legion Post 29 of Five Points. Then more questions came to mind, like who was Wallace Simpson and why haven’t I heard of this post, and where were the young veterans of today? I start-
ed asking questions around Five Points, and was told Post 29, which used to be on Glenarm and 25th Street, had closed down a couple of years ago and had not reopened. However, I did find out that several prominent Black business owners on Welton Street who are active members and was referred to Commander Richard Stemley. Upon contacting Commander Stemley, I noticed that same pride I saw in the veterans’ faces in his voice. During our interview, I found out that the beginning of Post 29 is much like most of African American history; Commander Stemley shares that when Black veterans came home they were not welcome in white American Legion posts. White vererans said, “Those boys should have their own place.” Wallace Simpson was the first Black man from Colorado killed in World War I.
Therefore, it was only fitting that the first African American Legion post in Colorado be named this local war hero. When asked what happened to the organization, Commander Stemley says that when they lost the building on Glenarm, they also lost their footing, and people of course like stability. He also shared that in the past, the Post could rely upon veterans to hold it up during tough times, but with dedicated veterans getting older and with declining membership due to the economy, many vets simply became turned off to anything reminding them of the government. I asked what he was most proud of as a member of Wallace Simpson Post 29, and he said, “I am proud to be a Black Man who is part of a nearly 100 year old Black organization that is community minded.” The post provides guidance to veterans navigating the health care system and helps homeless veterans and their families find shelter. They also sponsor youth in the local and national American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State premier programs. When asked what he wants the public to know about Post 29, Commander Stemley replied, “We’re still fighting and we are asking the community to rally behind us and help us overcome some recent obstacles that are preventing us from reopening our doors so we can continue servicing the Black community as we have for generations.” For more Wallace Simpson American Legion Post 29 information please contact Commander Richard Stemley at 303.322.3256 – Terrence “Big T” Hughes
Morris Price, Jr. and Representative Dianna Degette
In 2005, she was promoted to the House Democratic leadership as Chief Deputy Whip. When asked what her top priority as she enters her eighth term, Degette replyed, “The number on issue this year is jobs. How can we have job creation and how can we have employment particularly in our at risk communities? DeGette’s District Director, Morris Price Jr., stated, “We are here to hear from this community and we want the community to know we will respond to their issues.” Commenting on Five Points, Degette said, “I am excited to hear about some of the wonderful transitions in Five Points and I’m looking forward to coming to Five Points and doing a business walk soon.”
Thoughts from Wil Alston
For me, the plan for the Five Points Business District Office has become as important as my own personal business plan—well, not really, but you get the general idea! We had an unbelievable 2010 that was an awesome first year for the organization, and have plans for 2011 that builds on the success of that first year. At the heart of our 2011 goals is the fact that we must create a self-sustained organization financially and that we must capitalizes on the momentum and opportunities presented by last year’s Sustainable Main Streets Initiative. The Five Points Business District will be converting its monthly community meetings to a bi-monthly meeting. The February meeting will take a look back at 2010 and will highlight the organization’s goals for 2011. Meeting Schedule For 2011: Feb. 19th, April 2nd, June 4th Aug 6th, Oct. 1st, Dec. 3rd For more information, contact the FPBD office at 303-832-5000. 2444 Washington St, Denver Ph. 303.832.5000 www.fivepointsbusiness.org
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Afterthought Theatre Company Presents
If it’s in Five Points it’s in 5 POINTS NEWS Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom 02.05.11
Michal Menert w/ Mikey Thunder, Project Aspect, Abandoned Airwaves 9:00 PM@ Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom
A Soldier’s Play’s cast includes Charles White, Randall Simulva, Curshion Royal Jones, Martell Harding, Wendell Chauncey Perkins Jr., Terence Ellison, Jake Shane, Jose Aguila, William “Dale” Haltom, Cris Davenport, David Pinckney and Timothy Johnson.
A black sergeant cries out in the night, “They still hate you,” then is shot twice and falls dead. Set in 1944 at Fort Neal, a segregated army camp in Louisiana, Charles Fuller’s forceful drama has been regularly seen in both its original stage and its later screen version--tracks the investigation of this murder. A Soldier’s Play is more than a detective story: it is a tough, incisive exploration of racial tensions and ambiguities among blacks and between blacks and whites that gives no easy answers and assigns no simple blame. Charles H. Fuller is an American playwright, best known for his play, “A Soldier’s Play,” for which he received the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Charles joined the U.S. Army in 1959, serving in Japan and South Korea.. He left the army in 1962, and later studied at La Salle University (1965–1967), earning a DFA. He co-founded the Afro-American Arts Theatre in Philadelphia in 1967, co-directing it until 1971. Afterthought Theatre Company is a
new theater company in the Denver Metro Area. It was founded for the sole purpose of staging “The Meeting” by Jeff Stetson; however, due to an outpouring of support from the community they are advancing their endeavor to bring quality Broadway and theatrical performances to Denver. Afterthought is a traveling theatre company, performing at various venues in the community, offering high-quality, wholesome, and compelling entertainment for discerning theater attendees of all ages.
Songs for Arnie 9:00 PM@ Cervantes’ Other Side
Michael Rose of Black Uhuru 8:00 PM@ Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom The Pimps of Joytime w/ The Riot 9:00 PM@ Cervantes’ Other Side
The Congress w/ The Fox Street All Stars 9:00 PM@ Cervantes’ Other Side Papadosio, Heyoka, Larva Ink w/ The Congress, The Fox Street All Stars, DVS, Michael Garfield 9:00 PM@ Cervantes’ and The Other Side DUAL VENUE For a complete listing of Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom events, visit www.cervantesmasterpiece.com
Crossroads Theater 02.07.11 & 02.28.11
Juno What? w/ Jantsen, Human Agency 9:00 PM@ Cervantes’ Other Side
For a complete listing of Crossroad Theater events, visit www.denvercrossroads.com.
Maceo Parker w/ Springdale Quartet 8:00 PM@ Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom
8:30 pm Slam Nuba
February 11 – 27, 2011 Crossroads Theatre at Five Points 2590 Washington, Denver, CO 80205 Performances are Fridays Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Due to the adult content, this play is recommended for those 18 and older. Call 720-365-7754 for reservations or more information.
Enjoy theater in the heart of Historic Five Points The Denver Public Library Celebrates
Black History Month Blair Caldwell African American Research Library
2590 Washington, Denver, Colorado 80205 • 303.832.0929
www.denvercrossroads.com Cool in the Cold
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Exhibit Reception On Display 02.04.11 – 03.30.11 The Coors Heritage Calendar Series Donated to the Blair Caldwell African American Research Library by Miller Coors A Dance with Angels Works by Robert Evans, local artist and Blair Caldwell African American Research Library’s signiture artist, will be on display in the Charles R. & Dorthy E. Cousins Gallery through February 28, 2011 .
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm LIVE On the Canvas returns with OPERATION BLAQUE LOVE: It’s ‘Love On The Canvas!’ We are re-defining Valentines Day for ourselves this month and creating an event that celebrates our Love of all things Blaque.
2:00 p.m Book discussion and signing with Denny Dressman, local journalist, sports writer, and author.
February began with fridged cold as tempatures falling below twelve degrees. Waiting for the lightrail at the 25th and Welton stop, all Dajuan Green needed to stay warm was his hoodie, i-pod and headphones. That’s cool! 4 8 5 Points News
For a complete listing of Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library events, call (720) 865-2401
6 pm The Journey of the African American Athelete A Documentary that highlights the rise of African Americans in sports
2:00 p.m Colorado Humanities honors Black History Month by sponsoring Black History Live, featuring Hasan Davis, portraying boxing great and American War hero, Joe Louis.
6:00 p.m The Express: The Ernie Davis Story, a movie about the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.
– Public Realty Continued from cover page
Superseding Community Expectations
Photo Credit: Blair Caldwell African American Research Library (left to right) McKinley Harris, Gaylene Harris, Bee Romer, Wilma Webb, Wellington Webb
I had the opportunity to meet with Kathy Struble, one of the many volunteers that helped start the Cop Shop. The Cop Shop originally started in 2006 in the Alpine Hotel off Park Avenue and Curtis. Fortunately, they were able to upgrade rather quickly to their current facility on Welton Street. The purpose of the Cop Shop is to provide a convenient place for citizens and local businesses to be able to file police reports involving non-injury incidents, auto accidents, thefts, drug activity, graffiti, and gang activities. They also provide assistance to the public and neighborhood organizations on city related matters such as zoning issues, neighborhood cleanup, and traffic problems. You could easily call the Cop Shop the bridge from community to police. Let’s face it, there are some people who may not feel comfortable with speaking to the police for one reason or another, but can go into the Cop Shop and speak with any of the volunteers and know what they are saying will be treated confidentially. The Cop Shop is run by dedicated community volunteers, with the sole goal of creating community awareness; in hopes of making residents feel more comfortable and safe in the community by decreasing the amount of vandalism, drug activity, and other unwanted and unwarranted behavior. These volunteers are not police officers, although they do have to go through the same background clearances. There are many programs that are run through the Cop Shop, such as the Helmet Program, where the kids in the community are fitted for helmets, shown how to wear them properly, made to sign a safety promissory note, and then given the helmets for free. The Neighborhood Watch Program assists in keeping the communication lines open in the community. Then there is the Graffiti Cleanup Program, made up of residents help clean up graffiti on community buildings. Based on the amount of positive feedback from the community, the Cop Shop has far superseded expectations. However, if they were able to do anything different it would be the amount of hours available to the community. But due to the limited number of volunteers, hours of operation at the present time are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00-3:00 pm. If you would like to help the Cop Shop expand its hours of operation by volunteering, please call 720-865-2355 or email email@example.com. – Lakisha Rankin
A second generations of realtors, brothers Patrick and Vern Harris
Public Realty has been in business sixty years. The company’s business model has allowed them to sustain during high and low economic times. Vern attributes their success to “doing things the right way, which allows good things to happen.” Vern believes the future of Five Points is bright and is excited about the changes that are on the table. He says, “We have seen it come back to where it is now. I look forward to the days my father
spoke about when Five Points was truly the place to be.” -brother jeff
303.295.2128 2608 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 www.vernharris.com
Kathy Struble - Cop Shop Volunteer
Common Roots in Benedict Park Place
• The three tenants of Common Roots Shared Space: Urban Land Conservancy, Denver Preschool Program and Education Reform Now would like to extend an invitation to our neighbors to use our common space for your next meeting or event. • We are located within Denver Housing Authority’s (DHA) Benedict Park Place, a Hope 6 redevelopment of the former East Village Apartments at 305 Park Avenue West in Denver. • Our Shared Space includes a large conference room, foyer and kitchen facilities. • Please contact the Urban Land Conservancy to reserve the space for your next gathering.
Community Space Available
for meetings and events at no charge.
Urban Land Conservancy 305 Park Avenue West, Unit B Denver, Colorado 80205 303.377.4477 • www.urbanlandc.org February 2011 8
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2836 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 297-0823
2413 Washington, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 292-0348
Free Speech TV 2900 Welton, Denver CO 80205 (303) 442- 8445
Dispensaries Alternative Medical Foods 2752 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 295-2425
KUVO 2900 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 480-9272
Denver Kush Club 2615 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 736-6550 The Silver Lizard 2860 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 862- 7940 Faith Based Agape Christian Church 2501 California, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 296-2454 Central Baptist Church 2400 California, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 292-6618 Kingdom of God Christian Center 2485 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 293-2233
Urban Spectrum 2727 Welton, Denver CO 80205 (303) 292 6446 Real estate Public Realty 2608 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 295-2128 Restaurants & Bars Coleman’s Diner 2622 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 296-3389 Tom’s Cafe 800 E. 26th St., Denver, CO 80205 (303) 388-8035
Retail & SERVICES Lil Tattoo 2736 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 319-1814 Neat Stuff at the Black Market 2547 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 382-1337 Uptown Market 2721 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 993-7701 Schools Tubman-Hilliard Global Academy 2741 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (720) 542 8238 Venues Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom 2637 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 297-1772 Youth Services Halo Center for Youth 2758 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 757-2368
Welton Street Cafe 2736 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 308-0860
Government Offices Cop Shop 2717 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (720) 865-2355 Councilwoman Carla Madison 2713 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 298-7641 Denver Motor Vehicle Five Points Plaza 2736 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (720) 865-4600 Health & Human Resources brother jeff’s Community Health Initiative 608 26th St., 2nd Floor, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 293-0024
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The Future of Sonny Lawson Park
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Sonny Lawson Park is named after “the most powerful man in Five Points who wasn’t a politician.” Oglesvie “Sonny” Lawson was born in Denver on September 12, 1893 and graduated from Northwestern University’s College of Pharmacy. He was coowner of the Maxwell & Lawson Drug Store, later known as the Radio Pharmacy, which opened in 1924 at the corner of 26th Street and Welton. Sonny Lawson Park was named in 1972, the first Denver Park to be named in honor of an African American. Today the park is surrounded by vacant lots, neglected property, and in no way can be considered child or family friendly. There is summer softball in the evening and an occasional game of pick-up basketball, but for the most part, the playground is outdated, the asphalt deteriorating, and it is a place where trees obstruct illegal activity, police cars cover the grass, and arrests are made. Councilwoman Carla Madison and Denver Parks and Recreation Manager Scott Robson recently held a community meeting at the Glenarm Recreation Center to hear from the community and discuss the park’s future. Robson addressed common misconceptions. “Sonny Lawson is not for sale, lease and will not close,” he said, “and there are also no plans to use the space as a dog park.” Participants talked about the need for short and long term planning, especially before changes to Triangle Park are implemented. Wil Alson, Director of the Five Points Business District, told participants that planning is already taking place, with his office engaged in planning for future growth and development along Welton, and those plans include Sonny Lawson Park. Alison Wadle attended the meeting with her 5 year old son, Owen. She lives one block away and simply wants a place for him to play. “I have been turned away and told the park is too dangerous,” she said. As a solution, Wadle was referred to Denver’s Road Home program and shown the ten-year plan to end homelessness. Everyone agreed, the future of Sonny Lawson rests in the hands of a wide range of stakeholders including residents, business owners, nonprofits, law enforcement etc. Wadle believes an updated playground for her son and the other neighborhood children is a good idea. But if she has to wait on a ten-year plan, Owen will be nearly sixteen and old enough to play for a proposed Sonny Lawson baseball team. To receive Sonny Lawson Park updates contact: Angela Caslas, Denver Parks and Recreation Community Relations, at 720-913-0741.
“The State of Black Colorado: Have We Arrived?” Daddio to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
facilitate solution-driven discussions and collaboration among activist, experts, ordinary citizens and emerging leaders; to inform members of the community about existing issues and resources; and to increase the capacity of developing action plans through networking, collaboration and creating partnerships. Radio personality and businessman James “Dr. Daddio” Walker will receive brother jeff’s Cultural Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award and a scholarship will be given in Mr. Walker’s name. Vivian Wilson, Director Excel Institute, a private K4-8 school, is one of several panelists who exhibits tanacity, de-
brother jeff’s Cultural Center Presents the Crowning Event of Black History Month
“The State of Black Colorado: Have We Arrived?”
James “Dr. Daddio” Walker
Although an African American holds the highest office in the United States, African Americans still remain twice as likely as whites to be unemployed, three times more likely to live in poverty and more than six times as likely to be incarcerated. To examine these issues and more in Colorado, brother jeff’s Cultural Center will present The Crowning Event of Black History Month - “The State of Black Colorado: Have We Arrived?”, a panel discussion featuring prominent African American community leaders. Specialist in health disparities, political empowerment, education, journalism and other areas will be on hand to generate informed and thoughtful dialogue with the Colorado community. The overall goals of this event is to
Don’t miss this dynamic, thought provoking, solution driven panel discussion featuring Colorado’s prominent Black leaders, scholars, educators and activists.
Vivian Wilson, Director Excel Institute
termination, and commitment to success. Wilson’s work as well as the other panelists demonstrates the spirit of community excellence. Their example displays practical approaches leading to community success.
~ Confirmed Panelists Include ~ Vivian Wilson – Director Excel Institute OG Ietef VIta – Director Going Green Living Bling Landri Taylor – Director Urban League Shareef Aleem – New Urban Perspective Lenora Alexander Harris – Publisher Denver Weekly News Johnny Williams – Heal the Hood Movement Morris W. Price, Jr. - U.S. Representative Diana DeGette District Director Marcus Farmer - President NAACP Nita Mosby Henry,PhD. - The Kaleidoscope Project Moderated by brother jeff - Founder/Director brother jeff’s Cultural Center Saturday, February 26 – 5 pm Networking & Resource Exchange – 6:30 pm Panel Discussion New Hope Life Center – 3701 Colorado Blvd., Denver CO 80207 Limited Space – Free tickets available from sponsors and www.brotherjeff.com Sponsored by: 5 POINTS NEWS, Denver Weekly News, Body of Christ News, Denver Urban Spectrum, African American Voice, Greater Far Northeast Reporter Newspaper, KUVO Radio and Free Speech TV
at the King Marade “On a clear day, you can see forever.” On Monday, January 2011 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Marade, you could see about 30,000 marchers. People from all over the city, and perhaps beyond gathered together not only to honor a man, but to celebrate a dream. What’s so special about the people pictured here? These are faces you may just happen to know if you are familiar Five Points. Do you recognize any of them? If you do, contact 5 POINTS NEWS. We have a special gift for the person who can name the most people. Send your response to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Denver Green Jobs Initiative (DGJI) provides FREE job training, supportive services and job placement assistance to help residents of the 80205 zip code launch careers in Colorado’s high-growth green industries:
• Solar Energy Technology • Green Construction • Energy Efficiency & Weatherization • Green Jobs Administration & Sales • OSHA 10
Who is eligible? Only residents of the 80205 zip code, which includes the neighborhoods of Clayton, Cole, Five Points, Skyland and Whittier. Women, minorities, high-school dropouts, veterans (including spouses), ex-offenders, and individuals who are homeless are encouraged to apply.
Join us for new participant orientation and information sessions every Monday at 12:30 p.m. beginning January 3, 2011. Drop-ins are welcome - come learn more about the program and apply!
Denver Green Jobs Initiative Phillips Center 35th & Franklin Denver, CO 80205 303-974-1900 email@example.com www.denvergreenjobs.org