Happenings in and around Historic 5 Points and Northeast Denver November 2013
Former Lt. Gov. Joe Rogers Dies at 49
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Brandon Dorsey of Pipkin Mortuary (center) lead Pallbearers Jerry L. Browne (left) and Jay P. Molock (right) with Rogers into Capital rotunda.
Condolences poured in from across the nation as the centennial state mourns the loss of one of her most accomplished citizens. Former Lt. Gov. Joe Rogers passed away unexpectedly October 7, at Rose Medical Center. He was 49. Receiving full state honors, Rogers’ body laid-in-state at the Colorado Capital rotunda, followed by a wake at True Light Baptist Church and a home-going celebration at Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church. Rogers was elected in 1999 at age 39 and serving through 2003. He was Colorado’s second Black lieutenant governor. George Brown, elected in 1975, was the first. Rogers was also the youngest person in U.S. history elected to the position.
Sam Cary Celebrates A Night of Glitter, Glamour, and Generosity
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Sam Cary Founders (left) and Reward Recipients (right)
Sam Cary Bar Association was established by and in support of Black lawyers in 1971. They held their 26th Annual Sam Cary Scholarship Endowment Fund Gala, Oct. 18 at the Weston Hotel. This year’s theme was Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future: A Night of Glitter, Glamour, and Generosity. The Gala raises funds that help grow the scholarship endowment fund enabling the organization to provide scholarships to Denver University and Colorado University students. Awards are also presented to individuals in recognition for outstanding contributions to law, justice, and community involvement. This year’s scholarship recipients were: Ashley Dennis, Mahogany Dodd, Anni-Michele Jean-Pierre, Casey Smart, Genet Tekeste, and Michele Washington. Award recipients were: Jereme Baker, Esq., Phil Cherner, Esq., brother jeff, and Hon. Judge Wiley Y. Daniel. Born on July, 9, 1866 in Providence, Kentucky, Sam Cary moved his family to Denver and was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1919 making him the first Black attorney in Colorado. He passed away June 28, 1945.
Denver County Court Judge Gary Jackson (left) Scholarship Recipients (center) and Arapahoe County Court Judge Cheryl Rowles-Stokes (right)
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Sharing Pride and Humility, We not Me
Judge Gary Jackson presents brother jeff with an inaugural Sam Cary Warrior of Justice Award
Personal pride is often displayed in one of two ways– with arrogance or humility. Pride with arrogance is when a person believes their accomplishments have been gained independent of others. Whereas, pride with humility is based on achievement rooted in collective efforts. In 1971, the Sam Cary Bar Association was created. At the time there were less than 15 practicing Black attorneys in Colorado. Seven visionaries created the association as self-help group to instill professionalism and serve as a vehicle for the exchange of ideas among Black lawyers. Today over 2,000 Black attorneys practice throughout the state. I was filled with pride at Sam Cary Gala to be surrounded by a room full of Black attorneys and judges, and humbled to be awarded their Inaugural Warrior for Justice Award. This incredible honor represents We, not me–i am because We are. –brother jeff
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Legendary Barber Mr. McGill Retires After 52 Years
James McGill once earned 40 cents per hour chopping cotton in Texas. In 1956 he moved to Colorado Springs to earn $1.91 per hour at the Air Force Academy and supplemented his income by cutting soldiers hair. In 1961 he began working in Five Points
at New Look Barbers, alongside Whitney Armelin and Bobby Thompson. McGill opened his own barbershop in 1967. With over a half-century of barbering, McGilll has sold his legendary 5 Points business to enjoy a well deserved retirement.
My family came and visited Denver for the first time when I was around 8 years old from Texas, and my grandmother took me to McGills. From this experience it sparked my interest in barbering. McGills and Dunbar (also closed) are from that era when barbering carried the dignity and prestige of a physician. Farewell and thank you to the last few remnants of the Black barber golden age. The feeling is sad. Peace. –Sayeed Malik When I first saw Ricky Harris at work, in June 1981, I asked him, where could I go get a hair cut, he told me, “man, come over to my house and I’ll take you!” Well he took me to Mr, McGills. I use to call Mr. McGill, from work, he would wait for me to make my 45 minute drive, get there 8, 8:30 so that I could I get a hair cut! Mr. McGill has been and will always be one my greatest mentors! –Roger A. Fletcher Wow! He and his daughter cut my hair since I was 8 years old! I couldn’t wait for game day to get fresh at Mr.McGill!They had me looking tight, so of course I had show my thanks by killing whoever I played!!! Another cornerstone gone!!! –Michael Christian McGill held out until they gave him enough to help multiple generations of his family. I’ve sat in his chair for almost 30 years and I’m going to miss that. But I wish him and his wife and his children and his grandchildren every joy and happiness. We should be sad for our losses but happy that decades of hard work and long hours can pay off. A hard compromise but enlightening in its way. – Arthur McFarlane II
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Norman Harris, Sr.
Originally from Emporia, Virginia in Greenville County, Norman Harris, Sr. was drafted into the Army Air Force during WWII. In 1943 he passed through Denver on a military convoy on his way to boot camp. “Black soldiers went to the USO Club on Glenarm Street, while white soldiers headed downtown to the Cosmopolitan Hotel,” he stated. In 1942. “Five Points was the most liberal city for Blacks,” he recalls. “There was more Black ownership than in any other city, including New York.” Harris, has owned properties in Denver’s Five Points area since 1947 and is an important part of the Historic Five Points story. At 95, he still personally maintains his property. Happy birthday!
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History Makers Earl “Sherman” Mason
Janie Perry is the Executive Director for Watch Care Academy. Her enthusiam for educating children is evident in her interactions with students,
as well as outcomes Watch Care students demonstrate. “I love my job. Getting my kids to where they are born to be has always been easy. They are born with curiosity and intellingence – we just bring that out,” states Perry. The mission of Watch Care Academy is to teach the skills of lifelong learning and produce successful and responsible citizens. A mission fully embraced by Perry and her dedicated staff. This extraordinary educator understands that one of the greatest investments we can make is that of our children’s future. Perry expects excellence and holds the bar high for her students. She joins a line of gifted Denver educators such as Marie Greenwood, Rachel B. Noel, Julia Greely and Dr. Evie Garrett Dennis.
How many young people has Charlotte Stephens, Director of Denver Public Safety Youth Programs helped or mentored? Lots. When asked why, she is so passionate about youth? Her answer is simple. “It’s my ministry,” she says. “I was born to do this.” Born into an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma family with deep ties to politics and gospel music, Stephen’s learned a lot about travel, various people, and cultures. Rather than cooking, she preferred watching children. The night before her grandmother Ruby May Green died, she shared her vision, “Your purpose is working with kids.” Stephens married, moved to Colorado, graduated from CU Boulder and went on to prove her grandmother’s vision true, very true.
Denver native Earl “Sherman” Mason, born in 1926 at 26th and Emerson, recently passed after battling poor health for several years. Mason, a Five Points fixture often shared first hand stories with 5 POINTS NEWS about the life of Dr. Justina Ford, Sam who used to box with a Cuban downstairs at Bennie Hoopers, Mr. Laverdie who owned Atlas Drugs down the street from Radio Drugs owned by Dr. Sonny Lawson and Dr. Maxwell (now Wise-Harris Arms Apartments), as well as the grand opening of the Roxy Theater.
“We use to call the Rossonnian “The Grill,” he would often say when giving a local perspective. “And it was the East Denver Merchants, before it became the Five Points Businessman’s Association. They would have a parade, crown a Black girl queen, and jazz legend Lionel Hampton would play at the Rainbow for the celebration.” An African proverb states, “When an elder dies, it is a though a library has been burned.” That is certainly the case with this walking historian. Rest in peace.
Judge Wiley Daniel
Hon. Judge Wiley Y. Daniel recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award
from the Sam Cary Bar Association. He was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Howard University. President Clinton appointed Judge Daniel to the United States District Court for the District of Colorado in 1995. Prior to the judgeship, Judge Daniel practiced law for 24-years with a specialty in civil litigation. He was president of the Colorado Bar Association in 19921993, a past officer of other bar associations and a past member of the Supreme Court Grievance Committee. He was an active participant in bar and civic organizations throughout his career. Judge Daniel has received numerous awards and recognition. In 2012, he was inducted into the Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame due to his pioneering professional achievements.
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Mike Kiley Calls for DPS Transparency
This is the final week before Election Day and this is a critical election for Denver Public Schools. I need your help to change the direction of DPS. You can make a huge difference by forwarding this email and sharing this message on Twitter or Facebook. The biggest thing you can do is call 10 people and make sure they are supporting me in this election. Help me fight for the children of Denver! Two recent articles highlight a reckless disregard for DPS policy and a disturbing lack of accountability by the administration. My opponent brushes aside her conflicts of interest in a Colorado independent investigation. “I’m going to renegotiate this grant, because it runs through DPS to Get Smart, and then [Get Smart] resends it all out to their principals in training so they get stipends,” explain Barbara O’Brien, the leader of Get Smart Schools, a non-profit dedicated to promoting charter and other “autonomous” schools free from District management. GSS has received more than a quarter million dollars from DPS to fund training principals of charters and other DPS schools. You deserve DPS board members whose first priority is promoting what neighborhoods want for their children, not the agenda of an outside organization. As a father of 2 DPS students, you can know that my only interest is working to improve our schools as I have done with Skinner Middle School and North High School. A Denver Post editorial, Denver school district crosses line in pushing Amendment 66, underscores why conflicts compromise Board members ability to oversee the DPS administration. Let me be clear: Mrs. O’Brien and I
both support 66. But we disagree about how her agenda conflicts with what families and taxpayers deserve. Board members focused on contracts to their own organizations aren’t focused on making sure the superintendent is doing his job. When we have a superintendent focused on using a public email list for political purposes, he isn’t focused on improving student performance. For a district that likes to talk about accountability, there sure doesn’t seem to be much of it going on at the top. Who holds the Superintendent accountable for managing a near billion-dollar budget and the direction of DPS? It’s time to return accountability and transparency to DPS. It starts with an independent board. As your school board member I am without any financial ties to DPS (contrary to what my opponent would like you to believe). I won’t hesitate to ask the hard questions and be your advocate. It’s time to take back our district for the community. Thank you! – Michael Kiley Candidate for Denver School Board At-Large
Michael Kiley is running against Barbara O’Brien for Denver Public School Board At-Large. To learn more about the candidates visit: • www.kileyforkids.com • www.barbaraobrien.com Ballots are due Tuesday, November 5. It is to late to mail your ballot. Visit www.DenverVotes.org for drop off locations.
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Education: Food for the Soul & Spirit The Colorado Black Education Impacts gathering took place the evening of October 29th at The Welton St. Café. Interaction amongst nearly 40 community members, educators, entrepreneurs, professionals, and students marked the launch for planning the Colorado Black Education Impacts Symposium/ Conference. This P-20 (pre-kindergarten through Ph.D.) initiative, which is targeted to take place during the late Spring of 2014, will be designed to incorporate our African American/Black youth’s voice along with their insights and ideas, as we work together to address issues and concerns associated with their educational experience. We are excited to have the following organizations and community members partnering with us to take positive student focused action. • 200 Black Men Show Up & Sit In • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. • A. Michael Ventures • brother jeff’s Cultural Center • Black Education Advisory Council • City & County of Denver • Colorado Christian Fellowship • Colorado Democratic Party • Community Members & Volunteers • CompuGirls • CU-Boulder Students • Denver Public Safety Youth Programs
• Green Higley • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. • Kappa League & Guide Right Programs • Living Well Press & Consulting • Marine Nunn Education Fund • Morgan Stanley • Patience First Medical • Pennymon Presents • Potter’s House of Denver • Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center This focused initiative on African American/Black students is in response to a clear need for use to partner with our African American/Black youth to establish a positive systematic and sustainable method to continuously support their learning and enhancing our youths’ educational excellence. The University of Colorado at Denver is pleased to work with these partners and expresses much gratitude to those that have been doing this works for many years. If you are interested in supporting this critical initiative or want to simply find out more information, please contact Aswad Allen at the University of Colorado at Denver (303)315-0135 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. REMEMBER: Working “with” our youth to influence their educational outcomes is the key!
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Family Dedicated to Improving Public Safety and Amendment 66
Maisha Pollard speaking on behalf of Amendment 66
Approximately eight years ago, my brother Javad Marshall Fields was brutally gunned down with his soon to be wife Vivian Wolfe. Less than 30 days after graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in communications, he was robbed of a bright and prosperous future. We were utterly devastated with grief, blame and agony. Javad and I were raised by a strong, resourceful, and loving mother, who sacrificed her all to give us a good education, “Education is the Equalizer, you have to be better than the rest – arrive early and stay late, because people of color only get one shot” she would say. She strived to make sure were corporate bound and not statistics.
The hardest part of losing my brother is knowing he didn’t have an opportunity to harvest the love, knowledge and wisdom sown into his life. As hard as she fought, prayed and believed, he was unable to escape the statistics that plague our community. Since his death Representative Rhonda Fields and I have worked tirelessly to improve public safety and educational outcomes of black youth. Through scholarship, community service, advocacy, and legislation, we have chiseled away at the economic and social barriers that lead to poor health and educational outcomes. Tens of thousands of youth are being funneled down life paths that often lead to arrest, conviction, incarceration and even death. The urgent challenge for each of us and for our nation is to prevent this waste of our children’s lives and our state’s capabilities. Unfortunately, there isn’t a silver bullet when it comes to dismantling the achievement gap or improving public safety. Rather it’s a congratulation of parent and family engagement, mentorship, good schools and teachers, accountability, and well-funded schools. On November 5, 2013 you will have an opportunity to cast your ballot and vote in favor of Amendment 66. Amendment 66 will: increase funding for poor, special needs and underperforming students, provide all day kindergarten and preschool, and ensure money follows the student and not the administration. We have a fundamental obligation and duty to leave our country, state, and neighborhoods better off- Invest in our children’s future by voting YES on Amendment 66!
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Moses Brewer Announces Retirement
Moses Brewer to retire MillerCoors after 31 years
Moses Brewer and community are synonymous. Brewer, best known for his 31-year career at Coors (now MillerCoors) particularly in support of historic Black colleges/universities, and organizations, has plans of retirement. Brewer grew up in Florence, Ala-
bama and received a Denver University basketball scholarship in 1967. He went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree from DU in Physical Education and Recreation as well as a Master’s Degree in Speech Communications and Human Relations. Hired by DU, he held various positions including Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Assistant Basketball Coach before moving on to Coors. He is most proud of the Coors African-American Heritage Calendar the company has produced and distributed free of charge each year since the early 1980s. A man of style, fashion, and class, Brewer has been the go to person for many worthy causes and has been a strong advocate for bringing resources into the African American community. Brewer may be retiring from MillerCoors, but not his life passion. Knowing his heart, he already has his eye on many worthy causes and pursuits that will continue his lifelong work of making things better for others.
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Homelessness, Are We Paying Attention?
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I’ve noticed that there appears to be a lot of homeless people in Denver. I wondered, just how many people were homeless and what the causes for homelessness were. I found out that the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative conducts a survey every year to assess the number of homeless in Denver. The last survey was taken in January 2013. The results stated that 11,167 people were homeless in Denver, 43% were women, 62% were adults with children, and 25.4% of the individuals have been homeless less than a year and this is their first time experiencing homelessness. The most common causes for becoming homeless are: loss of a job, housing costs, some kind of illness, drug abuse, and lost attachments to family members. Usually, when we think of someone homeless we think of people holding signs on busy corners or sitting in front of stores. Of course this is true, because we see it, but that is not every homeless
person’s experience. Some homeless people have completed high school and some have graduated from college. There are homeless people who you would never have known were homeless. I recently experienced holding a sign that said “Anything Helps,” and “Please Help” while standing on a corner. People who stopped didn’t even look me in the eye. They didn’t acknowledge that I was there. Many people are rude and indifferent to homeless people. It didn’t feel good to be ignored or rendered invisible. I now realize that sometimes the homeless just need a kind gesture like a smile or a wave to make their day. Someone that does something kind can make them feel like a person, and that they matter. With all of the new technology in the world and our busy schedules, sometimes we do not pay attention to what is happening in our own communities. On the trip I took, I saw people fighting, and a homeless person getting arrested, just because he was trying to sleep in the grass. I made a goal for myself that day to be more observant of what is happening. Even in this great city, there are a lot of problems and if you look closely you can find them and try to make positive solutions. My challenge for you is to do this as well, be thankful for everything you have, and do not take anything for granted. Some do not have anything at all. –Aliyah Fard The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless has been helping the homeless for nearly 25 years.
Women in Leadership Symposium a Success
Dr. Nita Mosby Henry
Dr. Nita Mosby Henry, Executive Director of The Office of Human Resources for the City and County of Denver was a guest panelist at the Women in Leadership: Rising Above the Ordinary symposium.
The symposium hosted by the Colorado Diversity Council was held on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Doubletree Hotel. “Diversity and leadership are topics that I am passionate about, and I was honored to join the other women speaking at the symposium to discuss these subjects,” Dr. Henry said. “As leadership roles change and progress, it is important that we keep an open dialogue about the successes and challenges that come with the diversified and changing landscape of leadership.” Dr. Henry was joined on the panel by four other women also in leadership roles, including Maggie Chan Jones, Level 3 Communications; Irma Lockridge, Western Union; Melanie Miller, Newmont Mining Corporation; Christina Allyn, Quiznos and Kathleen Brenk, Trust Company of America. They discussed a variety of topics ranging from women in non-traditional roles to strategies on positioning yourself for success.
Coping with Holiday Depression
Dr. Peggy Mitchell Norwood
Everything around you may be saying ‘tis the season to be jolly, but if you are one of the almost 15 million American adults who suffers from depression in any given year, the holiday season can be especially difficult. Signs that you or someone you care about could be struggling with depression include feeling depressed, diminished interest or pleasure in activities previously enjoyed, significant weight loss or weight gain, difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much, fatigue or loss of energy, feeling worthless, inappropriate guilt, inability to think or concentrate, or recurrent thoughts of death or suicide. What can you do to cope with holiday depression or help a loved one who suffers from depression? Speak to a Mental Health Professional. Depression is a treatable condition and you don’t have to suffer in silence. Consult with a mental health professional for the treatment options that are best for you. If you are feeling suicidal, get help immediately. It may be hard for someone who is depressed to recognize depression in themselves and get the help they need,
so it’s important to pay attention to what’s going on with our friends and loved ones during this time of year. If you see that they are struggling with depression, help them connect with a mental health professional. Do Good, Feel Good. Psychological research shows that doing good deeds can increase happiness. Take the focus off of yourself and your situation and instead focus on others who are less fortunate. Doing something kind or generous for someone else will give your mood a boost. There are numerous opportunities this time of year to volunteer to help people who are in need. Get Around Other People. Some say misery loves company, but depressed people tend to withdraw and isolate themselves. It is well established that social support is a vital part of recovering from depression. Let others know if you don’t have holiday plans and that you don’t want to be alone. And if you have a friend or loved one who you know will be alone, reach out to them. Invite them to take a walk, share a meal, go to church, or attend a holiday concert. Change Your Expectations. Forget what you think the holidays should be like and start your own traditions. Change your routine and stay home on Black Friday. Turn off the TV so that you are not being “programmed” by the materialism that is so pervasive this time of year. Do some research and embrace the true spiritual significance of the holidays. Change your focus from buying gifts to giving thanks. Wishing you peace and joy!
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Rev. Burleson to Receive Dr. Bernard Gipson Award
Rev. Kraig Burleson at 2013 Destination Health
The board of the Center for African American Health is pleased to announce that Rev. Kraig Burleson, Chief Executive Officer of the Inner City Health Center, has been selected to receive the organizations 2013 Dr. Bernard F. Gipson Health Leadership Award at a private reception in November. Rev. Burleson is a native of Denver and a graduate of Manual High School and Colorado College. In 1994, after sixteen years in banking, Kraig joined the staff of Inner City Health Center to become Chief Financial Officer. In 2001, the Center’s Board of Directors appointed Mr. Burleson to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Rev. Burleson’s life was greatly influenced by the labor and love of Rev. Mother Sidney Adams, PhD. He is a charter member of Youth Unlimited Community Christian Club. YU was the groundbreaking ministry founded by Mother Adams that transitioned into Loving Saints Christian Fellowship. Pastor B. (as his congregants fondly call him), is a charter member of the church. In 1999,
Loving Saints Christian Fellowship selected Rev. Kraig Burleson as its Pastor. He has now been serving in this capacity for fourteen years. As Chief Executive Officer of Inner City Health Center, Pastor Burleson orchestrated the Health Center’s move from its well established home in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood. The new facility is located at 3800 York Street, more than doubling the center’s capacity. It opened in January 2009. Rev. Burleson serves on numerous boards and committees, most of which focus on providing quality healthcare for at risk and vulnerable populations including ClinicNet, Oral Health Colorado, Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition, and the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Rev. Burleson has also served on the national board of the Christian Community Health Fellowship. He is a member of the Denver Leadership Class of 2005 and completed the El Pomar Non Profit Executive Leadership Program in 2006. Pastor Burleson actively serves with the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance. In 2011, he was bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree by American Pathways University. The Health Leadership award is named after Dr. Gipson Sr., the first board-certified surgeon in Colorado. Dr. Gipson retired from practice in Denver in 1995, after serving the community for 41 years. He contributed greatly to the development of the Center for African American Health and continues to be a powerful inspiration to the mission and vision of the organization. A special thanks to Wells Fargo Bank for their generous sponsorship and support. –Grant Jones November 2013 8
Anti-Death Penalty Coalition Kicks Off Statewide Education Effort for Repeal
Coloradans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and a coalition of supporting organizations, gathered at the State Capitol this month to begin the year-long, statewide effort aimed at repealing the death penalty in Colorado. Now, that campaign has begun in earnest with two education events scheduled to take place in November in the Denver Metro Area. On Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 PM, CADP will sponsor “7 Stories for Repeal,” an evening of storytelling and action where seven different storytellers will use their voices and personal experiences to share reasons for their involvement in death penalty repeal. “7 Stories for Repeal,” produced by theatre devotee and entrepreneur Daniel Horsey, will take place at the Eisenhower Chapel in the Lowry Town Center, 293 Roslyn Street, Denver. On Saturday, Nov. 16, at 5:30 PM, CADP, the NAACP Colorado State Conference, and the NAACP CU Denver College Chapter, will co-sponsor “I Am Troy Davis,” a book discussion and panel presentation with special guest, Kimberly Davis, a sister of Troy Davis. Troy Davis’ execution in Georgia in 2011 despite tremendous doubt of his guilt attracted national and international attention. “I Am Troy Davis,” will be presented at St. Cajetans Church on the Auraria Campus, 1190 9th Street, Denver. Both events are free and open to the public. Lisa Cisneros, CADP Executive Director, said these public gatherings are designed to help Coloradans understand the death penalty as flawed policy that must end in Colorado. “We have launched this year-long education effort so that we can give Coloradans an opportunity for dia-
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logue and for awareness,” Cisneros said. “Our speakers for ‘7 Stories’ have lived this. Kimberly Davis has lived this. One way to help people see why the death penalty must end is by telling our stories. In doing so, we create change.” The NAACP State Conference passed a resolution at its annual State Convention in Pueblo this month, pledging to support repeal and help take its message across the state. “Truly there is something wrong with the death penalty when African Americans make up only 4 percent of the state’s population,” said NAACP State Legal Redress Chair Alex Landau, “but make up 100 percent of its death row population.” Landau said the execution of Troy Davis is a true cautionary tale for Colorado. “As a state, I know we do not want to take a chance on executing an innocent, or upholding a part of our ‘criminal injustice system’ that we know is so biased by its very nature.” As CADP and the Coalition to End the Death Penalty (a group that includes the ACLU of Colorado, NAACP, CADP, Colorado Council of Churches and the Colorado Catholic Conference) embark on its statewide education tour, Reginald Griffin, a former death row inmate from Missouri, became the 143rd person in the U.S. to be exonerated and freed from death row since 1973, after the state dismissed all charges related to his death sentence on October 25. Griffin had been sentenced to death for the murder of a fellow inmate in 1983. To find out more about death penalty repeal or to RSVP for the events, contact CADP Program Director Francoise Mbabazi by email at email@example.com or by cell at 720.987.4854.
Seniors and Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)
5 Points News has received numerous questions from seniors receiving Medicare concerning the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. It is our goal to provide readers with clear and simple facts regarding the new healthcare law. According to AARP (www.aarp.org), the law strengthens Medicare by including more preventive benefits, lowering the price of prescription drugs in the Part D doughnut hole and fighting waste and fraud. Medicare is strengthened • Your guaranteed benefits are protected. You earned your Medicare over a lifetime of work. The health care law protects your guaranteed benefits so you can always get the care you need when you need it. You get more from your Medicare • The health care law lowers prescription drug costs. If you have Medicare Part D, and you reach the coverage gap or “doughnut hole” in 2013, you will get more than a 50 percent discount on brand name prescription drugs and more than a 20 percent discount on generic drugs while you are in the coverage gap. The discounts will continue to grow until 2020 when the gap will be a thing of the past. • More preventive care is covered. Medicare now covers yearly wellness visits and more preventive care. This includes cancer, cholesterol and diabetes screenings, immunizations, diet counseling and more. • The health care law fights fraud, scams and waste that take money from the Medicare program. The law strengthens Medicare by add-
ing more resources to catch those who fraudulently bill Medicare. Medicare gives you complete coverage • Medicare is credible and affordable coverage. Those currently enrolled in Medicare will not need to apply for health insurance at Connect for Health Colorado. However, if your Medicare plan does not include dental coverage – you can contact Connect for Health Colorado for a dental plan quote and enrollment. Help during Medicare Open Enrollment • Those eligible for Medicare can get help during open enrollment and year round at the local State Health Insurance Program office (SHIP). Counselors can help those newly eligible for Medicare and currently enrolled compare costs and change their Medicare plan. The Denver Metro SHIP office can be reached at 720-321-8850 (option 2) or from any location nationwide call 866-550-2752. The Center for African American Health (CAAH) has partnered with Connect for Health Colorado to help uninsured and under-insured Coloradans understand President Obama’s Health Care Reform and gain access to health care. Call CAAH at 303.355.8333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org: • Schedule a Health Care Reform 101 information session. • Make a health insurance Enrollment Appointment - or• Go to the CAAH office where certified staff are always nearby and use their Self-Service Enrollment Station (by appointment only).
Tribute From a Friend – This Man Called Joe
Joe Roger’s Body laid in state at the Colorado Capital rotunda. Picture (l-r) his three children, Trent, Jordan and Haley Rogers along with Govenor John Hickenlooper and flanked by State Trooper
This man, called Joe would touch the lives of many in a relatively short earthly time span, but in God’s, perfect time span. This man, called Joe would spend his early years in humble beginnings and rise to a place in history unimaginable by some, proclaimed by others, but predetermined and predestined by God. This man called Joe; became the pride of many. This man called Joe; a son, a grandson, a brother, a nephew, a cousin and later a husband and a father and always a friend. This man called, Joe a keeper of the dream and similar to a man called, Martin King, this man called, Joe raised the consciousness of a nation. This man called, Joe I refer to as the “People’s Prince”. This man called Joe; royalty, he a child of The King. This man called Joe; a Kind and kindred spirit who connected to people and met them where they were, and celebrated them because of who, they were. This man called Joe; valued Education not only in his own life but spent time educating others. Not in the hallowed halls of the classroom or of the Ivory Tower,
but the world as his classroom. This man called Joe; high Energy with the ability to bring laughter and warmth into any space he entered. This man called Joe; with the heart of a child, but wisdom far beyond his years. This man called Joe; gifted as a master of Persuasion through the Power of the spoken and the written word, engaging and empowering individuals and thousands with his words and his presence. Yes, this man called Joe; Intelligent, with a thirst and a hunger for knowledge and confident in sharing that knowledge to any and all. This man called Joe; a Navigator as he challenged the status quo. This man called Joe; a Godly man, and based on his strong spiritual foundation his convictions equated to right, honest and just. Trusting “the Good Lord”, so much so you rarely heard this man called Joe; speak in the vernacular “I” but mostly in the collective “WE”. We, as in the only true God; we, as in family, and community and then we, as in himself. –Dr. Jennifer Williams Molock Excerpt from tribute at Homegoing
Cleo’s Historic Dancing at the Crossroads
Cedric Dewayne Hall and Saidiya Imari dancing in Cleo’s world premier of Tara
Dancing At the Crossroads (ran throughout October) truly represents a significant and historic moment for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and Fiesta Colorado Dance Company. Both Companies have legacies of performance and educational excellence that extend over forty years. We have performed on the same stage at many festivals and events, but this is the very first time we’ve been able to come together in a true artistic collaboration. After forty-three years Cleo Parker Robinson Dance has seen major changes in the Five Points Community. These changes
demonstrate a sense of both loss and gain. While many of the new residents and businesses locating all around us are just beginning to learn more about the rich and diverse history of this area, they are bringing such a sense of excitement and hope for the future–and that vibrant new energy generates a renewed enthusiasm in those of us who have been here for several generations. As artists we have the unique ability and opportunity to navigate and bring this crossroad between what has already been, what is now, and what is yet to be. –Cleo
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Denver Feed A Family: Thanksgiving 2013
Giving Thanks One Basket at a Time NOVEMBER 23, 9 A.M. - 2 P.M. No one personified the charity of Thanksgiving more than Daddy Bruce, the restaurateur who provided holiday feasts for the needy of Denver for more than 25 years before his death in 1994 at the age of 94. Commemorating the spirit and generosity of “Daddy Bruce” Randolph, The Epworth Foundation and its generous sponsors have distributed more than 52,500 baskets of food to Denver-area families in need. In 2013 the need is as great as ever, and many Denver families need the community’s help! At midnight the Friday November 22, 3 city blocks near Epworth Church will be closed off and a giant assembly line will be set up. Semi trailers full of food will be hauled in by Wal-Mart. The food will be offloaded onto a conveyor system, where over the next 18 hours hundreds of volunteers will help pack the food into boxes and the distribution will begin. Volunteers from Metro Cab will begin delivering food to
A Night in Lights JW Marriott in Cherry Creek Friday, November 8, 2013 | 6:00 pm
the elderly and shut-in, while thousands of people will visit Epworth directly to receive their baskets. Community agencies will be present to communicate their services. More than 7,000 families will be helped. This is a remarkable event, probably the largest of its kind in the nation, and none of it would be possible without the generosity of the entire Denver community. Due to the current economic climate, the need has increased, while donations and funding sources have decreased. Without your generous support, we will not be able to serve those in need. Please consider making a donation today! This event is volunteer-driven and there is no costly administrative staff. Your contributions are well-spent. 90% of funds raised cover the direct costs of buying food; the balance goes for direct distribution and setup costs such as permits and community outreach. The Epworth Foundation 3401 High Street Denver, Colorado 80205 303 -2966287 www.epworthfoundation.org
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Heart & Hand’s mission is to improve the lives of at-risk youth and their families. If you would like more information concerning A Night in Lights Benefit, contact the Heart & Hand Center at 303-757-2368. The Heart and Hand Center is located at 2758 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205.
Zion Baptist Church 148th Church Anniversary Zion Baptist Church | 933 E. 24th Avenue, Denver, CO 80205 Sunday, November 10, 2013 | 10:30 am Join the Zion Baptist Church Family as the celebrate 148 years of ministry and community service. Also join them Wednesday, November 6, 2013 and Thursday, November 7, 2013 for their revival. For complete details of entire anniversary events and programs, call 303.861.4958.
“Winter Coats for Christ” Community Coat and Hat Drive brother jeff’s Cultural Center | 2836 Welton Street, Denver CO 80205 Saturday, November 16, 2013 | 10:00am - 2:00pm New Covenant Christian Church/Alpha and Omega Ministries is hosting our 2nd Annual “Winter Coats for Christ” Community Coat and Hat Drive. We will be accepting “Gently worn/new Winter Coats and new Hats” for Donation. These items are being collected to be distributed to our homeless brothers and sisters and individuals who are financially challenged. Please bring your Gently used coats without holes or tears in them and New winter hats/caps only. Adult, youth/children size coats are welcome. For more information please contact Pastor Hughes at 720-295-5114.
NCNW Founder’s Day Harambee Brunch Double Tree Hotel | 3203 Quebec St., Denver, CO 80207 Saturday, December 7, 2013 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm The National Council of Negro Women Denver Section presents the 22nd Annual Founder’s Day Harambee Brunch and Awards Program. Proceeds from the annual Harambee Brunch provide funding for the Denver Section to continue its mission to lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. Purchased online at www.ncnwdenver.org. NCNW – Denver Section is a 501(c) 3 – Not for Profit Organization.
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Businesses & Services Along Welton Advertising and Marketing Commerce Kitchen 515 30th Street, Denver, CO 80205 (877) 299-9101
COmmunications Wireless Express 610 26th St., Denver, CO 80205 (303) 295-1788
Architecture and Interior Design Studiotrope 2942 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 308-1144
COmmuniTY DEVELOPMENT Civil Technology Inc. 2413 Washington, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 292-0348
Arts and Culture Black American West Museum 3091 California Street, Denver, CO 80205 (720) 242-7428 Blair-Caldwell African American Library 2401 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (720) 865-2401
Five Points Business District 2444 Washington, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 832-5000 Spark Policy Institute 2717 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 455-1740
brother jeff’s Cultural Center 2836 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 297-0823
Dispensaries Alternative Medical Foods 2752 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 295-2425
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance 119 Park Avenue West, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 295-1759
Denver Kush Club 2615 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 736-6550
Stiles African American Heritage Center, Inc. 2607 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 294-0597
Engineering Triunity Engineering 2444 Washington St., 3rd Flr, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 953-0320
Automotive Courtesy Auto 728 East 26th Avenue, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 861-4417
Central Baptist Church 2400 California, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 292-6618
Wells Fargo 2559 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 297-7786
City Life Church 608 26th Street, Denver, CO 80205 (720) 989-1827
BaRBERs & Beauty Shops Dunbar Barber Shop 2844 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 Closed
Government Offices Denver Motor Vehicle Five Points Plaza 2736 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (720) 865-4600
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 Closed - See Article on page 3 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 M&M Bar 2621 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 295-0424 Cleaners C & B Cleaners & Hatters 2748 Welton, Denver CO 80205 (303) 297-9544 Coffee Shops Coffee at the Point 710 E 26th Ave Denver, CO 80205 (303) 955-2237 Purple Door Coffee 2962 Welton St Denver, CO 80205 (720) 515-6639
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Board Member v Keo Frazier and Five Points Business Director Tracy Winchester, Holiday at the Points 2012
The Five Points Business District is hosting their fourth annual holiday celebration, “Holiday at the Points,” Saturday, December 7th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. This event is a spectacular display of lights along the Five Points commercial corridor with an array of festive, family activities. The ‘tree lighting ceremony’ at 26th and Welton will be the highlight of the evening.
To assist FPBD in making this a successful event for everyone, they are asking Five Points property and business owner participation and support by making a monetary donation. Stop by their office or mail your donation to Five Points Business District Office, 2444 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80205.
Faith Based Agape Christian Church 2501 California, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 296-2454
Banking US Bank 2701 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 296-4742
Five Points Beauty and Barber 2757 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 298-1078
Holiday at the Points Request for Support
Health & Human Resources brother jeff’s Community Health Initiative 608 26th St., 2nd Floor, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 293-0024
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Healing Life’s Pains 2515 California St., Denver, CO 80205 (720) 275-3383 Hope Communities 2543 California, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 860-7747 Unification Point 2954 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205 (720) 984-1448 Insurance The Insurance Stop 2736 Welton St. #106, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 576-8000 Legal Services A Release Bail Bonding www.releasebonds.com (303) 523-4447 Cooper & Dorancy, LLC 3025 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 831-1021 Kiovsky and Duwaldt 2820 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 293-2300 Media Channel 12 2900 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 296-1212 Denver Weekly News 2937 Welton, Denver, 80205 (303) 292-5158
2547 Welton Denver, CO 80205 303.382.1337 5 Points News 2836 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 297-0823
Neat Stuff at the Black Market 2547 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 382-1337
Free Speech TV 2900 Welton, Denver CO 80205 (303) 442- 8445
Thrifty Treasures 2846 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 993-7701
KUVO 2900 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 480-9272
Uptown Market 2721 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 993-7701
Urban Spectrum Has relocated from Welton (303) 292 6446
Schools Tubman-Hilliard Global Academy 2741 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (720) 542 8238
Real estate & Housing Public Realty 2608 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 295-2128 Wise-Harris Arms Apartment Complex 605 26th Avenue, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 296-7530 Retail & SERVICES Graham Crackers Antiques 2545 Welton, Denver, CO 80205
Venues Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom 2637 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 297-1772 Youth Services Heart and Hand 2758 Welton, Denver, CO 80205 (303) 757-2368
Five Points & Northeast Denver Restaurants
Tom’s Cafe 800 E. 26th St., Denver, CO 80205 (303) 388-8035
Walgreens Store Opens in Northeast Denver
Coleman’s Diner 2622 Welton St., Denver, CO 80205 (303) 296-3389 Welton Street Cafe 2736 Welton St., Denver, CO 80205 (303) 308-0860
Walgreens store manager Keith Joyner (2nd from rgt) along with newly hired staff
The Creamary 908 30th St., Denver, CO 80205 (303) 295-2404
A&A Fish 2896 Fairfax St., Denver, CO 80207 (303) 399-3730 Cora Fayes 2861 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80207 (303) 333-5551 WT Snack Shop 5560 East 33rd Street Denver, Co 80207 (303) 329-0335
For years Northeast Denver has been considered a food dessert with lack of fresh vegtables and healthy food options until the recent opening of Walgreens at 3555 Colorado Blvd. Not only does the store offer many items once found miles away, store man-
ager Keith Joyner intentionally looked to hire a diverse staff from the surrounding neighborhood. “Many of the new employees live within several blocks of the store,” Joyner said.
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WireLess Express Bogey’s on the Park 2500 York St., Denver, CO 80205 (303) 291-1354 Jammin’ Joe’s BBQ 2600 High Street Denver, Co 80205 (303) 298-7427
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Published on Nov 1, 2013