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Happenings in and around Historic 5 Points and Northeast Denver January 2012

M&D’s Restaurant Closes After 34 Years

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2012 began with the closure of yet another traditional Black owned business. After 34 years, and without any indication of trouble, customers and neighbors were shocked to read a simple message taped inside the glass pane door stating: M&D’s is now closed. To all our customers, we thank you for your support and encouragement. Happiness and blessings to all-signed, the M&D’s family. Seized by the City of Denver for delinquent taxes, the closure is clearly financial. M&Ds, Kapre Chicken, Zona’s Tamales, Brown Sugar Burgers and Bones, are a few names etched into northeast Denver business history. They are truly missed.

Funeral Service Held for Sharon “Mousie” Moore

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Family and Community Celebrates the Life of a Good Friend

Greg Goodlow was a crowd pleaser as his group headlined the Annual Juneteenth Festival on Welton street. The legendary Charles Burell thrilled seniors at the reemerging Juneteenth Senior Luncheon. Born in 1920, he was the first Black symphony performer in the country. Goodlow and Burell prove music is timeless.

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Zion Baptist Church was filled beyond capacity December 30, 2011, as clergy, family, friends, and community celebrated the life of Sharon “Mousie” Moore who was tragically killed in a car accident before the Christmas holiday. She was 51. Sharon, the daughter of retired business icon Zona Moore, spent many years working alongside her mother and family members at Zona’s Tamales, also known as the Pig Ear Stand, located in the heart of 5 Points. Zona’s Tamales closed in 2010 after 40 plus years in business.

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Remembering Those Who Went Before Us


Year in Review

1 In 2005, on behalf of our community, I accepted the prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award, an honor and responsibility I do not take lightly. Making the occasion truly special, I shared the stage with several others including the late, great Menola Upshaw. This year the Humanitarian Awards Committee established a Lifetime Achievement Award in Upshaw’s name. The first reciepient was awarded posthumously to Marion Ellerbee, a community legend well known for her tireless service. In addition to Ellerbee, other 2012 recipients include: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Rocky Mountain District, Officer David Hutchings, Rev. Ronald Wooding, The Honorable Raymond D. Jones, Abrahamic Initiative, and Salina C. Trahan. I want to welcome each of you into the MLK Humanitarian Award family and admire your commitment to leave the world a little better than you found it. This year, as we march, sing, and celebrate in the name of Dr. King, let us honor his legacy by understanding why he Dreamed and what he wanted to Overcome. We must move beyond clichés and grasp the deeper meaning of the Drum Major. –brother jeff

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Barbershops & Salons

Dunbar Barber Shop R.J. Johnson Jr. 2844 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 295-9131


Franklin Stigers Afro Styling Franklin Stigers, Owner 2755 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 293-9055


McGill’s James McGill 2843 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 295-1977


Mr. Puff James Perkins, Owner 2754 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (720) 404-8154


New Look Barbers Dee McGee, Owner 2825 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 295-9192

Five Points Beauty and Barber 2757 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 298-1078 Hope for a Change Beauty and Barber Shop 2737 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (720) 434-9092 The Arcade, White City, Bishop’s

and Imperial are historic Five Points barbershops few can recall. Dee Mc-

Gee, James McGill, Franklyn Stiger, Robert Johnson, Jr and James Perkins

L-R: Cleo Parker Robinson, Charleszine “Terry” Nelson and Sharon Bailey

Cleo Parker Robinson, C. Terry Nelson, Dr. Sharon Baily, and Ansar El were resently inducted into the Circle of Wisdom. Each year the Denver Kwanzaa Committee selects elders who have a history of community activism. This tradition began in 1997 with the induction of Isetta Crawford Rawls, other past inductees include: the late Opalanga Pugh, Kenneth Grimes, the late Hiawatha Davis, Dr. Jennie Rucker, Dr. Rene Rabouin, Mildred Pitts Walter, Dr. Paul Hamilton, Grace Stiles, the late Baba Adetunji Joda, Letitia Williams, Perry Ayers, Dr. Claudette Sweet, John Marsh, Thedora Jackson, Dr. Lawrence Borom, Juju Nkrumah, Brother Jeff Fard, Wallace Yvonne Tollette, and Dorothy King Sr.


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Five Points barbers represent over one hundred years of Five Points’ history.

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Writers & Researchers Terrance “Big T” Hughes Kenneth Drew Brooklyn Dorsey Nita Henry brother jeff Cynthia Martin Alijah Fard 5 Points News is a publication of 2836 Welton Street Denver, CO 80205 303.297.0823

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.

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Marion Veronica Ellerbee | August 26, 1915 - February 28,2011


A West African proverb states, “When an elder dies, it is as if a library has burned to the ground.” This is truly the case with the passing of Zion Baptist Church Deaconess Marion Veronica Ellerbee. Historian, history maker and lady of elegance and class, Ellerbee was a founding member of Zion’s History Writing Ministry and also expanded Zion’s Youth Choir from six to thirty-six active members. It became the first allNegro choir to sing in the Red Rocks Amphitheater.


June Faith, Leadership and New Beginnings Year in Review

Nate Easley

To Recall or Not to Recall? That is the Question

“A family that prays together stays together” are words of wisdom many have heard before. Members of Shorter Cotmmunity AME Church exhibit their faith in the power of praying together as they lay hands on Denver District 8 City Councilman-elect Albus Brooks. Tuesday, March 29, 2011, a coaliltion seeking the recall of Denver School Board President Nate Easley submitted an estimated 6,000 signitures to the Denver Election Commission. The official letter addressed to coalition organizers from Stephanie Y. O’Malley Clerk and Recorder Public Trustee on March 29, 2011 notified organizers that the Denver Elections Division had determined that an insufficient number of signatures were valid to place the recall question on a future ballot.



2011 Juneteenth Senior Luncheon a Hugh Success

Former District 8 candidates endorse Albus Brooks Former candidates say Albus Brooks is the leader to connect District 8’s diverse communities

Nine former candidates in the District 8 campaign for City Council announced their support for Albus Brooks, a youth mentor and non-profit director. “Albus Brooks has continually impressed me with his desire to understand and balance every side of any given issue and his ability to work through problems with clarity, cooperation and vision,” said former candidate Paul Weiss.

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Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center reestablished the Juneteenth Senior Luncheon. The event was an overwhelming success with attendance reaching capacity at the Doubletree Hotel. The seniors were dressed to kill, the Purnell Steen Trio lit up the atmosphere with classic jazz and Denver legend Charlie Burrell born in 1920, dazzled participants with his musical genius.


Caregivers Remember Opalanga Pugh


Bravo to Cleo and the Denver Stars

“We were doing God’s work,” says Wendy Talley as she recalls coordinating the 70 plus volunteers who for over six months provided twenty-four hour care for Opalanga Pugh, Denver’s own internationally recognized storyteller. Opalanga transitioned after a prolonged battle with cancer. Surrounded by a community of family and friends during the end stages of her life, “the village” ensured every aspect of Opalanga’s care was delivered in the most loving and compassionate way.


Five Points Remembers


Five Points own Vern and Carla Harris along with Cleo Parker Robinson Cleo is more than a name. Its vision and determination. It’s Five Points. It’s a world-class arts institution celebrating 41 years, and of course, Cleo is dance. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (CPRD) has consistently enhanced the lives of tens of thousands through artistic expression, education, and international ambassadorship. They recently held the 2nd Annual Dancing with the Denver Stars Gala, pairing 16 business and community leaders with Ensemble members, as they danced center stage.


Lights, Santa & the Holiday Spirit Local quilters were joined by family, friends and community for a special preview of The Freedom Quilt Experience, created in loving memory of 9/11.


Dr. Downing: Charged to Be a Prophet

Perry Ayers prepares holiday lights while young Daylen Horace shares a moment with Santa (Michael Sapp)

L-R Rev. Dr. Downing, Jr., Rev. Golson, Rev. Dr. Chubbs, Rev. Dr. Martin, Rev. Dr. Peters, Rev. Dr. Tyler, Rev. Dr. Jones Rev. Dr. Eugene M. Downing Jr., was installed as senior pastor of New Hope Baptist Church. Clergy, family, and friends traveled from across the nation to join in the celebration. As the nation struggles through this tough economic and social climate, Rev. Dr. Dwight C. Jones, mayor of Richmond, VA, advised Dr. Downing stating, “You must be more than a preacher. You are charged to be a prophet.”

Kicking off the holiday season, Perry Ayers and his crew meticulously hung holiday lights along Welton as part of the second annual Five Points Business District’s “Holiday in the Points.” This collaborative community event featured arts and crafts provided by the Colorado Creative Giving T.A.B.L.E. Children visited Santa at The Halo Center, and Denver Fire Station Number 3 made an appearance with their fire engine.

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brother jeff’s Cultural Center Presents the crowning event of Black History Month

The State of Black Colorado Education: Are We Making the Grade? Save-the-Date Saturday, February 25, 2012 If you are interested in this timely event, and would like to attend, help organize, volunteer, or provide resources, email:, or call 303.297.0823

Organizers Seek Individuals Interested in Black Education You don’t have to be Black to be interested in Black Education. However, if you are Black, you are more likely to experience the worst educational outcomes in Colorado. The State of Black Education: Are We Making the Grade? will highlight, explore, and celebrate those who are actively engaged on the educational front. “We know education is the key to success,” say brother jeff, event sponsor, and director of brother jeff’s Cultural Center. “It is time to move beyond rhetoric, low expectations, and educational dependency. This event will focus on tangible methods we can employ to help our community move forward, no more fancy slogans, and no more excuses.” An impressive group of organiz-

ers have volunteered to coordinate this Crowning Event of Black History Month. They are seeking volunteers, participants, resource fair exhibitors, and sponsors. “Everyone has great ideas and something to offer,” says event coordinator, Ginny “Diyn” Logan. “I am excited to help bring these great educational ideas and resources together for the benefit of our community.” The State of Black Colorado: Are We Making the Grade? will take place Saturday February 25, 2012. Location and further details will be posted at www. and If you’re interested in education, want to get involved, or would like more information, e-mail:, or call 303.297.0823.

African American History Month at Church of the Holy Redeemer, Denver Rev. Dr. Michael J. Battle will give a workshop on “The Church Enslaved: A Spirituality of Racial Reconciliation” at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Redeemer on February 11, 2012. The focus will be on racial reconciliation in our churches and in our lives. The Church of the Holy Redeemer is located at 2552 Williams Street Denver, CO 80205. The Rev. Dr. Michael J. Battle is a well-known writer, speaker and retreat leader, his ministry covers the globe and focuses on Christian non-violence, human spirituality, and African Church

studies. Dr. Battle lived in residence with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa for two years, and was ordained a priest by him. Dr. Battle will conduct the workshop on Saturday, February 11th, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on his book “The Church Enslaved”. Cost is $10.00 and includes lunch. Please RSVP to office@ or by leaving a message at 303-831-8963 by Friday, February 3, 2012 as space is limited. For updated information, see

Dr. Syl Morgan-Smith’s 41st Annual Gospel Music Festival and Academy Awards Ceremony Dr. Syl Morgan-Smith, Founder and President of the Colorado Gospel Music Academy & Hall of Fame, the Academy Board, and Co-Sponsor McDonald’s invite you to attend the 41st Annual Gospel Music Festival and Academy Awards Ceremony at New Hope Baptist Church, 3701 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80205 – Sunday, February 12, 3PM sharp, doors open at 2PM. Awesome Evangelist Lemmie Battles of Chicago, Illinois is the special guest artist. This powerful and

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Commerce Kitchen 515 30th Street, Denver, CO 80205 (877) 299-9101

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Architecture and Interior Design in SITU Design 2942 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 296-4742 Studiotrope 2942 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 308-1144

Five Points Business District 2444 Washington, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 832-5000 Dispensaries Alternative Medical Foods 2752 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 295-2425

Arts and Culture Black American West Museum 3091 California Street, Denver, CO 80205 (720) 242-7428

Denver Kush Club 2615 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 736-6550

Blair-Caldwell Library 2401 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (720) 865-2401

The Silver Lizard 2860 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 862- 7940

brother jeff’s Cultural Center 2836 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 297-0823

Engineering Triunity Engineering 2444 Washington St., 3rd Flr, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 953-0320

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance 119 Park Avenue West, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 295-1759 Frederick Douglas Community Building 2745 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (213) 923-2981 Stiles African American Heritage Center, Inc. 2607 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 294-0597 Automotive Courtesy Auto 728 East 26th Avenue, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 861-4417 Banking US Bank 2701 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 296-4742 Wells Fargo 2559 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 297-7786 BaRBERs & Beauty Shops Dunbar Barber Shop 2844 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 295-9131 Five Points Beauty and Barber 2757 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 298-1078 Franklin Stigers Afro Styling 2755 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 295-9055 Hope for a Change Beauty and Barber Shop 2737 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (720) 434-9092 McGill’s 2843 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 295-1977 Mr. Puff 2754 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (720) 404-8154 New Look Barbers 2825 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 295-9192 BaRS Climax Lounge 2217 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 292-5483 Cleaners C & B Cleaners & Hatters 2748 Welton, Denver CO 80205 (303) 297-9544

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Faith Based Agape Christian Church 2501 California, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 296-2454 A Word from God Ministries 2845 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (720) 297-6305 Central Baptist Church 2400 California, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 292-6618 Kingdom of God Christian Center 2485 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 293-2233 Government Offices Cop Shop 2717 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (720) 865-2355 Councilman Albus Brooks Denver City Council District 8 2713 Welton, Denver, Co 80205 (720) 337-8883 Denver Motor Vehicle Five Points Plaza 2736 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (720) 865-4600

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Restaurants & Bars Coleman’s Diner 2622 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 296-3389 M&M Bar 2621 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 295-0424 Tom’s Cafe 800 E. 26th St., Denver, CO 80205 (303) 388-8035 Welton Street Cafe 2736 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 308-0860 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

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HOPE Center is celebrating 50-years as a 501(c)(3) community-based, non-profit agency. Proudly, our center offers top-rated Early Childhood Education and Care programs for over 200 children ages 2 ½ - 8 years. We serve children who are at-risk, children with developmental disabilities/delays and inner city children who are gifted. We also provide a high quality Vocational program to over 30 adults with developmental disabilities. HOPE Center has an agency national accreditation. We have learned that children’s early development, including cognitive, socioemotional and language development, is essential for school readiness and success. Children’s communication and socialization skills are critical elements in early childhood as their social aspects begin to change from parents to friends. Children are born ready to learn. They cultivate 85% of their intellect, personality and skills by age five and their brain develops more rapidly at this age than any other subsequent period. The preschool years are the time in which the brain begins to maximize efficiency by determining which connections to keep and which to eliminate. The quality of a child’s relationship with his or her educators has a decisive impact on the architecture of the brain, affecting the nature and extent of adult capabilities. We know and address the importance of Early Childhood Education. Teaching staff at our Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs are degreed with specific emphasis in ECE. All have at least 60 college credits in ECE or Associate degrees. Our ratio is 1:8 teacher to student and we offer a multicultural curriculum. We host monthly parent meetings covering behavior management to Kindergarten transition. We offer breakfast, lunch and a snack under the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment food program. Funds we generate help us to keep our costs affordable while continuing to offer a top notch program. HOPE Center prides itself with the concept of not only serving the child but the family. HOPE Center promotes strong parental involvement, parenting skills, nutrition classes, conflict management, community involvement and assists families to access pertinent information, and higher quality ECE services to better support their parenting effectiveness. Home and school literacy projects help prevent reading difficulties that may contribute to school failure later on. We know that children will thrive if they are given a solid start through Early Childhood Education. Quality requires community support! Our program is designed to address the individual needs of each child and to foster intellectual, emotional, social and physical development in a safe and nurturing environment. HOPE Center will be sponsoring its seventh annual fundraising event. We need your assistance to encourage as many as possible to attend this spectacular event, a special night dedicated to raising the necessary funding for HOPE Center to continue addressing the needs of clients, children and families. We ask people to assist us by inviting the public to join us for our very own spectacular Fundraising event at this year’s “Vintage Vegas”…Million Lights of Hope! Be one of the Million Lights that shine and brings opportunity to a place glistening with HOPE! This event will be held on March 10, 2012, at the Sherman Event Center at 1770 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80202 from 7:30pm to 12:00am. For more information go to or visit our website at The cost per ticket is $75 for General Admission and $125 for VIP. The costs of educating a child continues to go up with many children needs being unmet. HOPE Center continues to be a model agency in the field of early childhood education and services to adults with disabilities. We cannot do it without the dedication of others

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Over 500 of Denver’s finest community Elders were honored at the 29th Annual Hiawatha Davis Jr. Senior Luncheon that was held at the Double Tree Hotel. The luncheon is named after former community leader City Councilman Hiawatha Davis. Councilman Hiawatha Davis Jr. passed away on May 24, 2000 in Denver. He dedicated his life to serving others, and for 16 years he represented the citizens of Denver’s City Council District 8, which encompasses downtown Denver, Five Points, Northeast Denver, and Northeast Park Hill. Prior to his passing Councilman Davis saw the need to honor the seniors in his community for the legacy and hard work that many were never thanked for, and began honoring Northeast Denver’s seniors annually. This year’s event would have made Councilman Davis proud, as Councilman Albus Brooks continued the legacy of District 8. In a time of economic uncertainty, a budget deficit and cost cutting measures by the city in full swing, Councilman Brooks partnered with District 11 Councilman Chris Herndon and ensured that the luncheon continued. These two Councilmen should be commended for understanding the importance of community and tradition in honoring our seniors. The seniors were treated to live music provided by the Denver Municipal Band,

words by Mayor Hancock, and a delicious meal provided by the Volunteers of America consisting of smothered chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, salad, rolls, apple pie, and coffee/tea. The Denver Police, Colorado Black Professional Fire Fighters, Engage 8, Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center and a host of local volunteers served the food. Community Leader Nita Henry did an outstanding job as the Emcee, providing a steady flow of humor and class to the event. –Terrance Hughes

Nita Mosby Henry Appointed Executive Director of Career Service Authority

The Career Service Board today appointed Nita Mosby Henry as the Executive Director of the Career Service Authority (CSA), the City’s Human Resource Department, following an extensive national search. Nita Mosby Henry has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources management and operations. Mosby Henry is nationally recognized for her work with healthcare and service delivery organizations. She has consulted with companies and organizations on leadership development, human resources and operations strategies, organizational change initiatives and diversity and inclusiveness training programs. Mosby Henry also founded and served as the Executive Director of The Kaleidoscope Project, a management consulting firm, designed to increase leadership development, promote inclusion and improve strategic planning and management in organizations. “Nita is an engaged and well-respected member of the Denver community. While serving with her on the Career Service Authority Board, I have witnessed

not only her human resources expertise but also her deep commitment to effectively serving the employees of the City and County of Denver,” said Patti Klinge, Career Service Board Co-chair. “Nita’s exceptional leadership ability, strategic vision, and broad management expertise will make her a great asset to CSA and the City and County of Denver.” The CSA Board would like to thank the CSA staff as well as leaders from City Council, DIA, Denver Parks and Recreation, Denver Human Services, the Mayor’s Office and Technology Services who also participated in the search process. The Board interviewed numerous candidates from across the nation prior to selecting Ms. Mosby Henry. “I am thrilled and honored to further my service and reach to the employees and citizens of the City and County of Denver. My philosophy is that leadership is always about the ability to inspire others to see the absolute relevancy and importance of their work. I will always lead according to that philosophy,” said Ms. Mosby Henry. CSA provides human resource management programs that support the City and County of Denver employees and agencies in delivering services to our community. Mosby Henry will be responsible for executing CSA’s strategic objectives which drive organizational performance in alignment with the goals of each agency. One of her key responsibilities will be developing and sustaining effective working relationships which foster communication channels amongst the Board of Directors, the Mayor’s Office, City Council, CSA team, City managers and City employees.

Ujamaa Holiday Market and Apprentice in Business

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The 11th annual Ujamma Holiday Market had a special feature this year, a youth market called Apprentice in Business. There were 7 youth businesses, which included, Pop It Up Popcorn, Fairy Treats and Yummy Reads, Advice for Life, Art by Shemsu, Jaydart, Nail salon and Glamorous Perfections. The goal of the Ujamma Holiday Market is so that kids can see what it’s like to have their own business so that they know what it is like if they want to have a business when they are older. I asked Genesis Oats what she thought of the Ujamma market and she said, “Yes, I really liked the Ujamma Market. I liked how I got to socialize with people and do something new. I would do nails when I grow up, but I also have other dreams too.” I thought that the Ujamma market was a big success and I encourage you to come next year. –Aliyah Fard

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards

Alpha Phi Alpha Leads 2012 MLK Marade

Rosalee Martin accepts The Menola Upshaw Award on behalf of her sister the late Marion Ellerbee

The 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert and Humanitarian Awards was an inspiring success, and many contend that it was the best since its inception. Humanitarian Awards were bestowed to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Rocky Mountain District, Officer David Hutchings, Rev. Ronald Wooding, The Honorable Raymond Dean Jones, Abrahamic Initiative, and Salina C. Trahan for their selfless contributions to the community. The Lifetime Achievement Award, named in honor of the late Menola Upshaw, was given posthumously to Marion Ellerbee. Performances by The Colorado Symphony conducted by Joseph Young, The Spirituals Project, directed by Bennie L. Williams and John Hubert, The Universalists Singers, directed by John Hubert, guest soloist Eva Morzsa, and a delightful children’s choir moved attendees through the evening on a melodic wave filled with heart and soul. Tamara Banks – a most gracious mistress of ceremonies reflected and left us with a closing thought – each of us can honor Dr. King and keep his dream alive simply by doing for others. It is moments like these that remind us of the strength of our community, the depth of our history, the possibilities that exist for our future, how they shape us, and how we possess the ability to shape them. –Cynthia Martin

Alpha Phi Alpha (ΑΦΑ) is the first intercollegiate fraternity established by seven visionary African-American college men. Founded on December 4, 1906, on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Alpha Phi Alpha has initiated over 175,000 men into the organization and has been open to men of all races since 1945. Our fraternity utilizes motifs and artifacts from Ancient Egypt to represent the organization. Beginning in 1908, Alpha Phi Alpha became the prototype for other Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLO). Today, there are over 680 active Alpha chapters in the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia, the West Indies, and the Virgin Islands. Colorado Alpha Chapter’s ranging from collegiate to alum, have infused the aims of the fraternity, coupled them with

our intrinsic values, and work tirelessly to maintain the integrity and excellence of African-American, marginalized and down-trodden populations. “First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All” is the motto that each and every Alpha brother carries with him, in every city, state, country and continent – committed and passionate about who we are, where we came from, and where we are going. This year, Alpha Phi Alpha served as the 2012 MLK Marade Grand Marshall’s, leading the march from City Park to Civic Center in Denver. We were honored to serve in this capacity and look forward to our continued service to the great city of Denver and the State of Colorado. Alpha Phi Alpha is also one of seven recipients of the 2012 MLK Humanitarian Awards. –Adrian M. Green

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A new generation of African-American leaders form the Colorado Black Caucus Colorado now boasts 14 African-American elected officials

Mayor Michael Hancock

Rep. Rhonda Fields

Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks

Rep. Angela Williams

A year ago, Colorado’s AfricanAmerican community worried about whether blacks would continue to have a voice in the legislature and a presence on Denver City Council. In a matter of four years, blacks’ numbers in the legislature dwindled from as high as four to one lone member, former House Speaker Terrance Carroll whose career ended as result of term limits in 2010. Earlier this year, concerns heightened when Michael Hancock, the lone black on Denver City Council, at the time gave up his council seat to make what turned out to be a successful bid for mayor. What a difference a year makes in the realm of politics? In the past year, 14 African-Americans have been elected to serve in public office throughout the state of Colorado. The legislature boasts two influential and rising leaders in Reps. Angela Williams, D-Denver, and Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, the city’s second black mayor in less than a decade, is fast approaching his first six months in office after soundly defeating the white frontrunner, former state Sen. Chris Romer, in the June 7 runoff election. Denver City Council boasts two rising leaders in political newcomers Albus Brooks and Chris Herndon. Brooks defeated a field of 38 people to succeed the late Councilwoman Carla Madison, who died of cancer. Herndon, a West Point graduate and former Wal-Mart manager, won Hancock’s seat on city council. For the first time in recent years, two African-Americans now serve on the Denver Public School Board. Happy Haynes joined Nate Easley as a member of the school board after her landslide victory in the November election.

To the surprise of some, AfricanAmerican elected officials ranks have grown statewide in 2011: They include Commerce City Council members, Steven J. Douglas and Rene Bullock; Centennial Mayor Pro tem Vorry Moon; RTD board members Barbra Deadwyler and Jeff Walker; University of Colorado Regent Joseph Neguse; and El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, a family law attorney and graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Former Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier remains a force in regional politics. Some may consider this a feat in a state where the black population is roughly 8 percent. Those who have observed Colorado politics have longed viewed the state as progressive in its voting and politics. In 1991, Wellington Webb became Denver’s first black mayor when he defeated Norm Early, Denver’s first black district attorney. Webb, who has remained a formidable force in Denver politics, is credited for passing the torch and sparking a new generation of political leaders when he jump started the careers of Williams and Brooks this past year. Williams, Fields, Hancock, Brooks, Herndon , Glenn, Nuguse, Bullock, Moon and Easley are viewed as key influential figures in the new generation of AfricanAmerican leaders. This powerful coalition of African-American elected officials now have joined forces to form the Colorado Black Caucus, combining their collective talents to identify and develop the next generation of African-American political leaders as well as wield greater influence on the course of events pertinent to communities of color. Following the lead of the Congressional Black Caucus, arguably one of the most powerful coalitions in Congress, the

Colorado Black Caucus objective is to speak as one voice on issues important to the communities of color such as job creation and education reform. The Colorado Black Caucus’s talent pool and diversity will serve the newly formed coalition well as it taps into the expertise of all its members to help the organization grow strong and effective beyond its mere numbers. Mark Anthony Neal, a professor of African-American studies and popular culture at Duke University, often speaks about the relevancy of African-Americancentered organizations, arguing that they are still needed but “they must adapt to a changing political atmosphere.” Since its founding more than 30 years ago, the Congressional Black Caucus has become one of the nation’s most influential bodies, with a history of positive activism. Neal contends that African-American-centered organizations – much like the Congressional Black Caucus – who adopt the primary role of being political brokers between communities of colors and whatever political party is in control of the legislative and executive branches will thrive as the American political landscape continues to shift. Key to the Colorado Black Caucus’ relevancy will be a new coalition of voters, African-Americans, Latinos, young voters, and women -- all of which represent one of the most progressive coalitions in the past 30 years. This coalition, which includes a new generation of leaders such as Williams, Hancock, Brooks, Herndon, Easley, Glenn, Bullock, Douglas and Deadwyler are embolden by the middleincome and working-class voters who are looking for new leaders to address their interests and economic conditions. In this new political reality, the Col-

orado Black Caucus has the talent and know-how to emerge as an influential force within the political arena of Colorado politics. It has the potential to grow in size as it develops the next generation of leaders. It has the potential of accomplishing greatness if it follows the example of the pioneers such as Webb, Happy Haynes, Gloria Tanner, Regis Groff and Elbra Wedgeworth and the late Vikki Buckley and George Brown who paved the way for this emerging new generation of leaders. –April Washington

Webb Donates 150 Books to Blair Caldwell Library

Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and his wife, Wilma, have donated 150 books from their personal collection to the Blair Caldwell African American Research Library’s historical reference section. After leaving office in 2003, Webb also donated many historical gifts and papers to the library from his 12 years as mayor, four years as Denver’s auditor and six years at a Colorado State representative. Wilma Webb also donated items from her years as first lady and as a longtime state representative. “I greatly appreciate the many wonderful things that former Mayor Wellington Webb continues to do to support the mission and goals of the Blair Caldwell African American Research Library,” said Terry Nelson, special collections and community resources manager. “This outstanding donation of 150 reference books will enrich our growing research

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collection. I cannot thank him enough.” The couple came up with the concept and pushed through the funding for the $16 million library that opened in the historic Five Points neighborhood eight years ago. The building, located at 2401 Welton St., has a first floor library; a research library on the second floor; and the third floor has a museum that chronicles the influences of the black community in the West, including the jazz history and a replica of Webb’s office while mayor. It was named in honor of two of Denver’s black community leaders and trailblazers: former Denver Public Schools board President Omar Blair and former Denver City Councilman Alvin Caldwell. Both men attended the dedication but have since passed away. Blair-Caldwell Library 2401 Welton St., Denver, CO 80205 720-865-2401

African-American Elected Officials • Michael Hancock Denver Mayor • Rep. Angela Williams D-Denver, District 7 • Rep. Rhonda Fields D-Aurora, District 42 • Albus Brooks Denver City Council, District 8 • Chris Herndon Denver City Council, District 11 • Rene Bullock Commerce City Council, at-large • Steven J. Jordan Commerce City Council, at- large • Joe Neguse CU Board of Regents, 2nd Congressional District • Vorry Moon Centennial City Council, District 1 • Allegra “Happy” Haynes DPS Board of Education, at-large • Nate Easley, Jr. DPS Board of Education, District 4 • Barbara Deadwyler RTD Board of Directors, District B • Jeff Walker RTD Board of Directors, District D • Darryl Glenn El Paso County Commissioner, District 1

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Dear Friends of Denver Green Jobs Initiative: On behalf of the staff of Denver Green Jobs Initiative (DGJI), I would like to thank the students who attended our program, our partners in the community, and all of Northeast Denver for your help in making this green jobs training program a success. For the past 18 months, DGJI has provided free career training, support services, and job placement assistance to unemployed and disadvantaged residents of Northeast Denver communities. The program has wrapped up, and the DGJI training facility in the Phillips Center at 3532 Franklin Street will close to the public on Friday, January 13, 2012. Since opening our doors in July 2011, over 500 residents of Northeast Denver have completed the DGJI program. The career training offered by DGJI was challenging and offered hands-on technical and nontechnical training for a range of jobs from entry-level positions to those requiring advanced certifications. Students also received soft skills instruction and career coaching to enhance their ability to be successful in an increasingly competitive labor market. Though the green industry has not produced the volume of jobs expected, and despite a challenging recession, DGJI was successful in helping over 200 individuals reenter the workforce. For many of these individuals, full-time employment will be a transformative experience, positively affecting their families for generations. DGJI was a collaborative project with shared responsibility among communitybased nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, trade unions, employers, and the local workforce development agency. Denver Green Jobs Initiative was supported by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. DGJI was recognized by the DOL as one of its most successful grantees in 2010-11 for job placement. In fact, DGJI program strategies were included in the DOL’s “Promising Practices” resource guide for workforce development. The DGJI partners all look forward to continued service to the community through programs that focus on career development as a central strategy to achieve economic success. Many lessons were learned in the implementation of Denver Green Jobs Initiative, and this knowledge will be carried forward to ensure career training programs in our community are successfully preparing workers for the demands of the job. For more information, or to view a list of community resources that may be helpful during this transition, please visit or contact: Rick Lawton, DGJI Project Director (prior to Jan. 27), Christine Marquez-Hudson, Executive Director of Mi Casa Resource Center (after Jan. 27) Thank you again for your participation, collaboration and support over the past two years.

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Kwanzaa: Families Embrace the Seven in 2011

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“Empowering the Community to Live Well”

Saturday, February 4, 2012 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Renaissance Denver Hotel – 3801 Quebec Street Free Self-Parking!

The Center for African American Health is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the African-American Community.

Take advantage of FREE health screenings: Blood Pressure ■ Pap Smear ■ Dental ■ Health Risk Assessment ■ Glucose & Cholesterol ■

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