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Happenings in and around Historic 5 Points and Northeast Denver January 2013

Lenora Alexander Inducted into Circle of Wisdom

Happy New Year




Gladys Brown Jones drapes Denver Weekly News CEO/Managing Editor Lenora Alexander with a ceremonial sash as she was inducted into the Circle of Widsom during Kwanzaa. The tradition began in 1997 when Issetta Crawford Rawls became the first inductee recognized for outstanding community service and leadership. Also inducted with Alexander were Linda Williams, Dr. Anthony Young, and Archie Jones. These four inductees are now among twenty-five others honored by the community over the past fifteen years. For more Kwanzza photos - see page 13

30th Annual Hiawatha Davis Senior Luncheon

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(L-R) Councilman Albus Brooks, Chy Montoya and Brande Micheau - Bishop Acen Phillips, Dr. Claudette Sweet, and Emma Jackson

Over 600 seniors attended the 30th Annual Hiawatha Davis Senior Luncheon December 20 at the Doubletree Hotel, sponsored by the office of Councilman Albus Brooks, brother jeff’s Cultural Center and Engage 8. Former community activist and late City Councilman Hiawatha Davis began the tradition to honor and celebrate District 8 seniors. Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Bishop Acen Phillips and Dr. Claudette Sweet, along with an inaugural Unsung Hero Award presented to Emma Jackson. These outstanding recipients represent countless hours of community service and commitment. Since the passing of Davis in 2000, Council persons Elbra Wedgeworth, Carla Madison and Albus Brooks have continued the tradition, involving members of the community in planning and coordinating the event. Denver Police Chief Robert C. White, Director for the Denver Office on Aging Loretta V. Martinez, and James “Dr. DaddyO” Walker were guest speakers. Denver Police Department, Denver Fire Department, Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi., George Washington High School, brother jeff’s Cultural Center, and many others served as volunteers. –Kenneth Drew


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(L-R) James “Dr. Daddy-O” Walker, George Washington High School volunteers, and over 600 senior citizens continue Davis’ tradition.


brother jeff’s Cultural Center presents The Crowning Event of Black History Month

The State of Black Mental Health: What’s The Diagnosis?

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Looking Back to Move Forward




Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards

Looking back–also known as Sankofa, is vital as we move forward into the new year, and remembrance is the highest form of honor. Symbolic of life, libation–in this case, is the custom of pouring water into a living plant and saying the names of our ancestors. It is a way of remembering those who have laid our path. We remember their struggle, sacrifice, and success. Because they were, we are. May we never forget, and may we continue to lay a path for future generations to follow. Peace, Prosperity and Happy New Year! –brother jeff

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

Nita Mosby Henry Appointed Executive Director of Career Service Authority

The Career Service Board 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. Mosby Henry will be responsible for executing CSA’s strategic objectives which drive organizational performance in alignment with the goals of each agency.

M&D’s Restaurant Closes After 34 Years 695 South Colorado Blvd., Suite 480 Denver, Colorado 80246 PH: 303.898.2698 | FAX: 303.722.7281 Payment Arrangements Available

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.

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First Lady of Gospel Celebrates 41 Years

Writers & researChers Terrance “Big T” Hughes Kenneth Drew brother jeff Cynthia Martin Aminah Fard Aliyah Fard Misti Aas Camille Smith 5 Points News is a publication of 2836 Welton Street Denver, CO 80205 303.297.0823

Dr. Syl Morgan-Smith, Founder Colorado Gospel Music Academy Hall of Fame (CGMAHF) hosted the 41st Annual Anniversary Celebration at New Hope Baptist Church. CGMAHF honors local preachers, laymen and women who serve on the front lines and those who are supporters of them.

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Sarah Lee Foster | April, 1929 - March 1,2012

Sarah lived a life of servitude that was evidenced by her commitment to making valuable and meaningful contributions to society by working with people and organizations. Sarah devoted her entire life to working with city officials in Denver to bring people together to celebrate community pride. For two decades, from the 1970s through the 1990s, Sarah helped organize the Denver Juneteenth Celebration in Five Points. More than 100, 000 people attended the annual three day celebration and Sarah was the first woman to serve as President of the Five Points Business Association.

April Trayvon Martin


June Memorial Weekend Double Murder YEAR IN REVIEW

Denver joins national protests demanding justice and the arrest of George Zimmerman

“Arrest Zimmerman! Arrest Zimmerman! What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!” was the national outcry, as hundreds of thousands took to the streets across America. As a result of public pressure, a special prosecutor was appointed, and Zimmerman was arrested, and charged with second-degree murder. “I’m still not happy. It should have been first-degree murder,” said Terrance Roberts, director of the Prodigal Son Initiative. “Trayvon was profiled because he was black. His civil rights were violated.” As the case continues to unfold, the ghost of Rodney King and OJ Simpson reemerge, and the nation is again forced to confront its most sensitive wound–race.


Urban Spectrum Celebrates 25 Years

Rosalind “Bee” Harris knows how to throw a party! She packed the Renaissance Hotel ballroom with Denver’s local African-American political, social and business leaders to celebrate the 25th anniversary and publishing of her magazine the Urban Spectrum. She also honored “25 Timeless Legends”, women of Denver. The honorees were awarded statures made by the timeless legend and internationally renown, Ed Dwight.

Community Fills City Council Meeting in Support of Carla Madison Day

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The community experienced more trauma, as Summer kicks off with a double murder near the corner of Bruce Randolph and York Street. The area is no stranger to shooting, and violence. Police have arrested two young men in connection with the murders. Two other men were injured. The investigation continues, and a motive for the senseless killings is unknown.


CORNERSTONES EXHIBIT ON DISPLAY AT BLAIR CALDWELL LIBRARY brother jeff ’s commitment to the Five Points community has been demonstrated consistently in numerous ways. Preserving the legacy of those whose shoulders we stand on is reflected in many of his endeavors. Perhaps, none of which speak as profoundly as the Cornerstone of Five Points Photograph Exhibit. The photographs in this collection are revealing of one man’s respect for his elders and their continued love for this community.

Officer Killed, Community in Mourning

Officer Celena Hollis was killed in the line of duty on June 24 while breaking up a dispute at the City Park Jazz Festival. As many attempt to make sense of the killing, the community, including young Imani Shannon shown with Lt. Kathleen Bancroft , gathered at District 2 Police Station to offer love and support to officers grieving the loss or their fellow colleague. Rollin Oliver, 21, has been charged with first-degree murder and faces life in prison if convicted. 5 POINTS NEWS salutes Officer Hollis, may she rest in peace.


Shock and Dismay: Aurora Movie Massacre



Everyone can agree that the cinema experience provides a desired escape from reality on an entertainment continuum from love to horror, but never could imagine that the terror on screen would become actualized on July 20th. The photo above captures the disbelief and pain of what transpired on that early morning when a demented suspect took twelve lives, injured fifty-eight others, and scarred the state of Colorado during the midnight premier of The Dark Knight Rises at Aurora’s Century 16 Movie Theater. No one could have foreseen the extremity of the massacre or believed it to be true until they frantically fought to locate their loved ones to ensure their safety. Everyone held hope in their hearts that the individuals who had to run for their lives would not have everything taken from them in a matter of seconds. Those lost in this tragedy will forever be remembered as we come together and take back an experience that belongs to us.

Angela Davis Visits Denver


President Barack Obama and his campaign spent a considerable amount of time in Colorado for his successful re-election bid. In a costly campaign where hostile television and radio ads aired unceasingly, it was Obama’s person-to-person grassroots campaign that ultimately won the election. “I need you to knock on some more doors. I need you to make some more phone calls,” Obama requested from supporters. “And if you turn out for me, we will win Colorado again.”


Spirit and Struggle was a powerful event on August 11 at the Colorado Heights Theatre in Denver. This heart-felt public conversation between civil rights leaders, Dr. Angela Davis and Dr. Vincent Harding, explored some of the connections between spirit and struggle, and inspired the continuing journey towards equality and justice for all.

October The Links, Incorporated Celebrate 60 Years

Charter Members of the Denver Chapter of The Links, Inc. (Photo: Blair-Caldwell Library archives)

The Links Room at the Blair Caldwell African American Research Library drew a capacity crowd as Charleszine “Terry” D. Nelson and Wilma J. Webb emceed The Links, Incorporated celebration of 60 years of friendship, love, and service to the community. The Denver Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, has served the local Denver and international communities by delivering and sustaining community relevant programs and activities that have a positive and long term impact. In the Spring of 1952, through the efforts of Fairfax B. Holmes, assisted by Edythe Hawkins and Geraldine Lightner, plans for the establishment of a Denver chapter were formulated. The Links, Incorporated membership consists of over 12,000 professional women of color in 276 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Historic Five Points became ground zero for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in Colorado. Local and national activists, politicians, religious leaders, and grassroots individuals used their extensive knowledge to help Get Out The Vote. This contingency, coupled with Obama for America staff and volunteers, made for an effective campaign.

Greenwood December Celebrates 100th Birthday

Marie Greenwood, the first African-American woman to be awarded a permanent teaching contract in Denver Public Schools, celebrated her century mark at the Fourth Annual Pride and Progress Gala hosted by the Black American West Museum.

Celebrating the Life of Marva Coleman 1939-2012

“I met Marva when I was president of the Five Points Business Association board and she was the executive director,” shared Bee Harris, Publisher of the Denver Urban Spectrum. “She was a beautiful person and woman, inside and out. Marva was a hard worker and a mover and shaker in this community. She will be greatly missed.”

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Film, Theater, and Conversation Series

Series will examine both local and national developments in Civil Rights over the last 50 years

History Colorado invites you to join civil rights leaders for five evenings of film, theater and conversation examining seminal events of 1963. From the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church to the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech, 1963 was a pivotal year in the Civil Rights Movement. This special series, FWD: 1963 – 2013, brings together many community voices to examine both local and national developments in Civil Rights over fifty years. January 28: Introductions to FWD: 1963–2013 with African-American scholar, historian, and activist Dr. Vincent Harding, best known for his writings about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for whom he drafted speeches. February 26: Conversations: The Bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church with Reverend Carolyn McKinstry, who was there on September 15, 1963 when a Birmingham, Alabama church was bombed, killing four of her friends. March 25: Lessons in Nonviolence with Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee member John Perdew. As a Harvard student, Perdew joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. In 1963, he traveled to Americus,

Georgia with Donald Harris and Ralph Allen to help organize the Sumter County Movement. Perdew and Harris were arrested after a demonstration and charged with “seditious conspiracy.” April 29: The Importance of Music and the Arts to a Movement with Rutha Harris, founding member of the Freedom Singers, and acappella ensemble that traveled 50,000 miles to 48 states in nine months singing and telling stories of the Civil Rights Movement. May 28: The Lasting Legacy of 1963: What Now? with Dr. Vincent Harding and other human rights leaders conclude our series with a behind-thescenes look at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and clips from the film, Eyes on the Prize. The program closes by looking at how the events of 1963 inspired not just the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, but other equal rights movements throughout the world. All programs will be held at 6 P.M. in the auditorium of the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway in Denver. Tickets are $5 per person, $4 for History Colorado members. Doors open at 5:30 P.M. RSVP encouraged. Walk-ups welcome. For more information, call 303-866-4686. Website:

150 Year Signing of Emancipation Proclamation Since this is the 150th year of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, I think that we can lead the state in pushing for a year-long celebration, not only of the document, but also on related civil rights/human rights issues. We should be working with school systems to make sure that a facsimile is showcased in K-12 schools so that all students begin to understand its significance. We might also focus on Colorado’s history and how slaves and former slaves were early settlers here. One enslaved husband and wife, for instance, helped to build the Garden of the Gods, while former slaves plus free people and freed people built the earliest Black churches. The sons of Frederick Douglass also lived here, starting the first education program for Black adults. Also living in Denver was the daughter of Robert E. Lee and a slave woman, who became a respected member of Denver’s Black society. Early Black settlers–slaves, runaway slaves, free people and freed people– settled here because, compared to other states and territories, there were less roadblocks in their lives. Some did intermarry with Whites and Native Americans while others used the mail order bride system to recruit wives from “back east.” Some joined the famed Massachusetts 54th of the film Glory fame and at least one of them is buried in Denver. Although the Proclamation did not free many slaves, its effects in Colorado were enormous. Following the Civil War, there were successful efforts to disenfranchise African Americans. Because the Proclamation

opened the door to Black enlistments in the wartime military, following that momentous event, Black men came west and joined the military. Because “Buffalo Soldiers” received a monthly salary (paid on time) and a pension upon retirement, some of those veterans were some of the wealthier Black citizens of Colorado. One gold mine had only Black women as officers. The year 2013 might be a good one for each of us to reflect upon and study our history in Colorado specifically and the West generally, and involve our young people. The latter should know “Aunt” Clara Brown and York (the slave with the Lewis and Clark expedition) as least as much as their favorite Hip-Hop artists or sports heroes! During the 100th year of celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., led his March on Washington. However, just six weeks later, a bomb exploded in Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, killing four young Black children. It was also the year W. E. B. DuBois died in Ghana, the first African nation to break from European domination. Medgar Evers was murdered in Mississippi during April of that year. During the 150th celebration of the Proclamation, what legacy will we be leaving? –Dr. George H. Junne, Jr. Chair, Africana Studies University of Northern Colorado

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~ 2013 Mlk calendar of events ~ Monday, January 14

7:30 pm | Aurora’s Mayor Steve Hogan - Proclamation Aurora Municipal Center | 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora

Tuesday, January 15

6-9 pm | 23rd Annual MLK Jr. Humanitarian Awards & Lifetime Achievement Awards featuring Colorado Symphony Orchestra - King Celebration Concert Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex • 14th and Curtis

Friday, January 18

8 am | The 20th Annual MLK Peace Awards & Breakfast Tivioli Turn Hall Auraria Campus | $7/Students, $14/Adults 8 am | Aurora Community Faith Breakfast Aurora Municipal Center, City Café, 15151 E. Alamada Pkwy., Aurora Speaker: Dr. James Peters, colleague of Dr. King | Tickets $15 11:45 am | 28th Annual MLK Social Responsibility Awards Luncheon Marriott City Center Downtown Denver | Individual seating $75 6-8 pm | Barber Shop Talks - A dialog - “Dream Versus Reality” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora

Saturday, January, 19

10 am | The Dream 5K Run/Walk Denver City Park | Entry Fee $25

Sunday, January 20

2:00 pm | Aurora Community Embracing Non-Violence Aurora Municipal Center Council Chambers, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy, Aurora Guest: Dr. Derek Barber King, Sr., nephew of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 6:00 pm | 28th Annual Ecumenical Service | Place TBD Guest: Dr. Derek Barber King, Sr., nephew of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. FMI: Pastor Leon Emerson, 303.883.7908

Monday, January 21

9-11 am | 14th Annual Dr. MLK, Jr. Breakfast Celebration Arapahoe Community College, 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton FMI: Jamie Crisp, 303.734.3701 | $15/Adults, $5/Children 12 and under Gather at 9:00 am | Starts at 10:00 am | 28th Annual MLK Marade Denver City Park, Dr. Martin Luther King I Have a Dream Monument Want to participate in the Marade, but unable to march? The GLBT Community Center, 1301 E Colfax Ave. (corner or Colfax & Lafayette), is located directly on the route and will host a gathering of individuals to watch from their rooftop and from their window facing out onto Colfax. 3-6:00 pm | 28th Annual Dinner for Those Who Hunger Volunteers of America Sunset Park, 1865 Larimer, Denver For a complete listing of events visit

The Spirituals Project and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere...” 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” an open letter written by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 16, 1963. King wrote the letter from the city jail in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was confined after being arrested for his part in the Birmingham Campaign, a planned non-violent protest against racial segregation, conducted by the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He wrote the letter on the margins of a newspaper (the only paper available to him), then gave bits and pieces of the letter to his lawyers to take back to movement headquarters. The letter is now considered one of the most important written documents of the American Civil Rights era. The letter includes the famous statement, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” which has been adopted as the supporting theme of the 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards and Tribute Concert. This annual event, organized by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission and the

Colorado Symphony, will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm in Boettcher Concert Hall at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday has been celebrated in Colorado for 28 years, and this inspiring community event features the Colorado Symphony with special guests the Spirituals Project Choir, in an engaging performance to honor award recipients and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King through music and song. The Spirituals Project is extremely proud to take part in honoring Denver area citizens who work to advance Dr. King’s dream of equality and opportunity for all persons to build a better life, regardless of their race, gender, religion or disability. The concert is free and the public is warmly invited to attend, however tickets are required for seating. Tickets are available through the Colorado Symphony Box Office at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex, 1350 Arapahoe St., (303) 623-7876, and through the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St., (720) 865-2401.

“How does one determine when a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law, or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.” Excerpt from Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Fresh Produce Comes to Community

Councilman Albus Brooks, Richard Sapkin, Mayor Michael Hancock and Walgreens Executives

Northeast Denver has more than its share of fast food, potato chips, and soda consumption. It is also one of the city’s largest food deserts–meaning a district in an urban or rural setting with little or no access to large grocery stores that offer fresh and affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet. Although there have been many attempts over the years to attract a national grocer to the area, those efforts have failed, until now. Edgemark Development, along with Walgreens executives, Councilman Albus Brooks, and Mayor Michael Hankcock held a ground-breaking ceremony, Tuesday January 9, announcing a neighborhood Walgreens at 3555 Colorado Boulevard. Responsive to community needs, and much more than a pharmacy, this unique store will offer fresh produce, provide neighborhood jobs, and is a critical step in eliminating the food desert. “Walgreens is about community and

being in the community, not just being a retail store,” said District Manager Rahsaan Thomas. “We don’t only want to provide goods and services, we want to provide health to the community.” Edgemark Development Managing Principal Richard Sapkin thanked Mayor Hancock, Councilman Brooks, Walgreens, and the neighborhood for remaining committed, overcoming difficulty, and working in collaboration to make this project a reality. “My five year old son has a shorter life expectancy because he lives in a neighborhood without access to healthy food,” said Councilman Brooks. “So, this is a great day and we are very excited.” Mayor Hancock grew up in the area and knows how important healthy food options are for the community. “We are taking one step to helping close that gap in Northeast Denver. This is about healthy options and about jobs,” said the mayor. –brother jeff January 2013 8


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Aminah Receives DU’s Rising Star Award

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Aminah Fard, pictured with Denver University cheerleaders, was among the Rising Stars chosen for their noteworthy contributions and achievements at the Denver Pioneers vs. Nebraska Mavericks basketball game. The University of Denver Division of Athletics and Recreation’s Rising Stars program honors outstanding elementary school students from across the state selected by their teachers and principals for

exemplary academic aptitude and character. Students from various schools are recognized at designated Denver University men’s basketball home games. Recipients are presented with a certificate and honored on the court at the conclusion of the game. Public Service Credit Union is the presenting sponsor of the program now in its third year. Congratulations Aminah!

Carlette Havard Promoted to Sergeant

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Carlette Havard (2nd from left) was among seven Denver Police officers recently promoted

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Six officers were promoted to Sergeant, and one to Lieutenant, at a special Promotions Ceremony by the Denver Police Department on December 28. Justin Dodge, Brock Ellerman, Carlette Havard, Andrew Clarry, Brian Cotter, and David

Timmerman now share the rank of Denver Police Sergeants. Todd Fuller became a Denver Police Lieutenant. Manager of Safety Alex J. Martinez and Chief of Police Robert C. White spoke at the distinguished event.

There’s A New Church in Town

Five Points Media 2013

Senior Pastor Dewayne Moore generates excitement and praise at Ebenezer Baptist Church service

Happenings in and around Historic 5 Points

Are you and your family looking for a great new church home? Every Sunday, Ebenezer Baptist Church holds worship services at The Red Lion Hotel, located at 4040 Quebec Street. Senior Pastor Dewayne Moore and the entire Ebenezer Baptist Church family welcomes you with strong preaching, teaching, and prayer. The congregation is seasoned with the energy of the youth springing forward. Assistant Pastor Paul L Rose, Jr. leads the call to worship, while the Ebenezer Baptist choir ushers in the spirit of the lord

with powerful praise and worship. Setting the atmosphere, Reverend Moore delivers a strong Word with conviction. So if you’re looking for that church home be sure to make your way to the Red Lion Hotel on Sundays to get your praise on with the new Ebenezer Baptist Church. –Camille Smith Ebenezer Baptist Church Reverend Dewayne Moore M.A., Pastor Red Lion Hotel | 4040 Quebec St., Denver Sunday, 12:00 pm

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Emily Griffith Says Goodbye to Welton

Educator Emily Griffith (1868-1947)

Emily Griffith Technical College (EGTC) has called 1250 Welton Street home for nearly a century. Denver Public Schools (DPS) recently entered an agreement to purchase a 13 story vacant office building at 1860 Lincoln Street, which will be shared by EGTC, a new downtown elementary school, and DPS headquarters. The school district has signed a contract to pay $19 million for the new building, while selling the historic Emily Griffith location. Cincinnati native Emily Griffith (1868-1947) became a Denver educator in 1895, eventually working at the State Department of Education. In 1915, Griffith shared her long-time dream of opening a school to serve people of all ages and interests in a Denver Post feature article– the story helped make her dream a reality.

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In May 1916, Griffith received the condemned Longfellow School on Welton Street, built in 1882, from the Denver Board of Education. Initially called Opportunity School, it opened September 9, 1916. Griffith served as principal of the school for 17 years before retiring in 1933. The following year, the school was named Emily Griffith Opportunity School. It was renamed Emily Griffith Technical College in 2011. Today EGTC has served 1.6 million students and has an annual enrollment of over 14,000 people of all ages. With the additions to the original building completed in the 1950s, the campus now occupies the entire block on Welton between 12th and 13th Streets. The college offers nine areas of study with approximately fifty programs, including Denver’s first alternative high school. Funding from DPS gradually declined over the years, forcing the school to begin charging tuition in 1991. DPS plans to fund the renovation of the Lincoln Street building through a combination of currently designated 2012 bond funds and short-term financing that will reportedly be repaid by the sales of existing DPS buildings vacated through this plan. The sale of the Emily Griffith building, which sits on a prime location near the Colorado Convention Center, to a private owner carries with it potential for new tax revenue for the city. The district estimates that the moves will save between $5 and $15 million over the next five years through the sale, and consolidating the administrative offices that are now scattered around the district. –Misti Aas

Forty Years Since Keyes v. School District No. 1 The Denver University Law Review is excited to announce the topic of its 2013 annual symposium: “Forty Years Since Keyes v. School District No. 1: Equality of Educational Opportunity and the Legal Construction of Modern Metropolitan America.” Emanating from Denver, Colorado, Keyes was the first school-desegregation case from “a major city outside of the South” to reach the United States Supreme Court. In this 1973 case, the lower courts found that DPS deliberately engaged in discrimination in Park Hill by building schools in certain areas, gerrymandering student attendance zones, and by the excessive use of mobile classroom units, among other things. The petitioners in the case not only wanted Park Hill to be desegregated, but wanted the courts to order desegregation of all segregated schools in the city of Denver.

This was the first ruling on school segregation in the north and west, where there were no explicit statutes requiring segregation in the past. Under Keyes, school districts were responsible for policies that resulted in racial segregation in the school system. Once intentional segregation was found on the part of the school board in a portion of the district, the whole district was presumed to be illegally segregated. The symposium will revisit Keyes with key participants from the case and from the court supervision of Denver’s desegregation plan. It will look back at how the city, the metropolitan area, and the state’s public school systems have evolved over the past forty years as well as consider the challenges they face today and in the future. All are welcome to attend these informative panels, lectures, and workshops. For more information contact 303.871.6000 or E-mail

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Pipkin-Braswell Year End Celebration

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J. Mark Pipkin and Alvin Braswell Sr. along with the Pipkin-Braswell staff host year-end celebration

The holiday season is a time where the three “F”s; friends, food, and fun come together. No one did it better than PipkinBraswell Mortuary as they hosted their community holiday celebration. Owners J. Mark Pipkin and Alvin Braswell, Sr. spared no expense making the invitees feel welcome and at home. The night started off with a meet and greet and a tour of their new facility. A number of bishops, apostles, and pastors, along with their spouses, were in attendance. They were treated to a variety of

soul food and deserts prepared by PipkinBraswell’s very own in-house caterer. Ministers of Music Nathanial Black and Haywood Hobbs entertained the guests with their anointed musical gifts, and Minister Tara Everette brought down the house with a stirring solo vocal performance. This event was a testimony to PipkinBraswell’s long term commitment as true servants in Denver’s African American Community. -Terrance Hughes

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Rev. Dr. Peters Authors New Book

Rev. Dr. James D. Peters, Jr., author of the new book When You Are in A Strait-Jacket

Rev. Dr. James D. Peters, Jr., Pastor emeritus of New Hope Baptist Church, shares his wisdom in a recently published collection of original sermons. When You Are in A Strait-Jacket: Sermons from the Book of Job contains sixteen sermons with messages such as impatience, disappointment, honesty, living, and comprehending God. The Rev. Dr. Otis B. Moss III of Chicago, IL states in his Forward of the book, “Dr. Peters has drawn on the rich creativity of our ancestors and practical biblical insights offered in the word of God. “The power of the themes and relevancy of the word speak to all generations. Sermons are like children – they mature grow and develop over time.”

Peters has a wealth of knowledge to draw from. He has led three trips to the Holy-land, Jordan, Israel, and Egypt, and has preached in forty US States and in eight foreign countries. “In spite of all the miseries of human life, it is better to have been born, than to have never existed. In spite of the shortness, the terrible brevity and imperfections of life, it is worth living. Because of all its hardships and sorrows, we should remember that God almighty is both the author and finisher of life – the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the ending of it all.” - Excerpt from When You Are in A Strait-Jacket. Pick up your copy in local bookstores, or place an order at

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Celebrating the Life of Marva Coleman

Mayor Michael Hancock was among many family and friends at Marva Coleman’s homegoing service

Mayor Michael Hancock was among several hundred family, friends, and colleagues at Queen of Peace Catholic Church December 14, celebrating the life of Marva Fay Coleman, born October 24, 1939 and departed this life December 6, 2012. “My mother didn’t know the meaning of the word acquaintance,” said her daughter Marcia Coleman-Scott. “If you knew her she was your friend.” Coleman joined the Five Points Business Association in 1996, and became executive director in 1997. In 2003, she was appointed by Mayor John Hickenlooper

as a key player and board member to the Denver Commission on Homelessness. Coleman worked at Norwest Bank, United Bank of Denver, and Wells Fargo during her banking career. “I met Marva when I was president of the Five Points Business Association board and she was the executive director,” shared Rosalind “Bee” Harris, Publisher of the Denver Urban Spectrum. “She was a beautiful person and woman, inside and out. Marva was a hard worker and a mover and shaker in this community. She will be greatly missed.”


U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (CO-1) issued the following statement in response to the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) press conference regarding the gun massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. “Since last Friday’s tragedy in Newtown, voices from across our nation’s political spectrum have called for productive conversation and comprehensive solutions to finally address the horror of gun massacres. “As the nation’s largest gun advocacy group, the NRA had an opportunity to come forward with a vision of reasonable solutions and a spirit of cooperation. Instead, they continued their decades-long position of obstructionism, assigning a laundry list of blame, and offering ideas that simply serve to absolve their organization and excuse the rampant availability of guns and ammunition designed only to kill as many people, in as short a span of time, as possible. “Much of the country is in agree-

ment that we must now have a thorough examination of our views on violence, our views on guns, and our views on how we respond to mentally ill individuals in our communities. I frequently hear from responsible gun owners who believe there are many common-sense ideas to keep our children safe from gun violence. That is why I continue to believe that politicians and the citizens of this country can find consensus around reasonable solutions that keep killing machines out of the hands of disturbed individuals. The NRA today demonstrated they do not want to help find that consensus; and the only answer they have, is the only answer they’ve ever had: more guns. “At this critical moment in time, when we as a nation seem to finally be able to come together around sensible gun violence protection, the NRA missed an important opportunity. The children murdered last week in Newtown deserved better.”

Career Service Authority: A New Year, A New Name

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Career Service Authority is pleased to announce today that the agency’s new name will be the Office of Human Resources (OHR). This change is part of a larger rebranding effort that also includes the launch of a new HR model, which reflects the agency’s commitment to serve as business partners with City agencies, and to cultivate driven leaders who will lead the future of the City. Career Service Authority (CSA) was originally established by charter in 1954 to oversee and maintain a competitive merit system that provides equal employment opportunity to all applicants. “While the core foundation for why the agency was established still exists, the change moves us from being an authority to a true collaborative partner in the success of the City and its workforce,” explained Executive Director Nita Mosby Henry. “This is a renewal of our commitment to continue to serve the City and the Denver community for years to come.

The office of Human Resources will continue to be overseen by the Career Service board, which consists of five members appointed by the Mayor. More About OHR The Office of Human Resources oversees the City’s personnel system and close to 7,000 employees, excluding elected officials, appointees and uniformed police and fire. More About OHR Executive Directo Nita Mosby Henry has been responsible for developing high caliber, peak performing human resource and operations organizations that support business strategy, productivity and profitability. Her expertise spans a variety of human resource functions, including recruitment, training/development, succession planning, diversity and inclusion. Ms. Henry holds a doctorate in the field of Organizational Leadership, a Master of Arts degree in Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

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Alvin Braswell, Sr.

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happy New Year Losing a loved one is never easy. When people experience loss, they need a strong support network to provide comfort and offer encouragement. The caring and experienced professionals at Pipkin Braswell are here to support you through this difficult time. We offer a range of personalized services to suit your family’s wishes and requirements. You can count on us to help you plan a personal, lasting tribute to your loved one. And we’ll carefully guide you through the many decisions that must be made during this challenging time. Please feel free to call us any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance. Or, visit our facility in person at your convenience.

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January 2013  

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