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Happenings in and around Historic 5 Points and Northeast Denver December 2014

DPS Students Protest Police Brutality

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Proud Recipient of the Dr. Syl Morgan Smith Excellence in Media Award, the Colorado Black Roundtable Commitment to Service Award and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Colorado Media Award

Thousands of students across the metro area have been participating in school walkouts and peaceful demonstrations in support of awareness and justice for Michael Brown and other police related brutality across the nation. High school students from George Washington (pictured above) Denver East and John F. Kennedy, to name only a few, are being proactive to create change.

Daddy Bruce Thanksgiving Tradition Continues

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Hundreds of volunteers spent the day working together assembling food boxes and distributing them to thousands of families.

Lasting legacies should always be celebrated, and benefit many others in the process. Hundreds of thousands of people sat down to a bountiful dinner on Thanksgiving Day throughout the Metro area. About 64,000 of those individuals had the late “Daddy Bruce” Randolph to be grateful to for their food. Randolph’s life ended in 1994 at the age of 94, but the spirit of his generosity continues to live on . The annual Denver Feed A Family was taken up a decade ago by the Epworth Foundation, a non-profit focused on youth, families, and hunger relief . This year volunteers packed and distributed about 8000 baskets – each with enough turkey and trimmings to feed a family of eight – in a special observance of the 50th anniversary of Daddy Bruce’s tradition of giving. The honor of providing a holiday meal for needy families is carried forth each year under the direction of Epworth United Methodist senior pastor King Harris, along with year-round community outreach led by assistant pastor Ronald Wooding. Randolph was born near Pine Bluff, AK, at the turn of the last century. By the age of 20, Bruce was selling pork sandwiches for a dime, made with the secret sauce of his grandmother’s, a freed slave who taught him to cook. The philanthropist came to Denver in 1959 and began working as a shoe shine man, then a janitor. However, his passion, talent and future was with barbeque, and in 1963 he opened Daddy Bruce’s B-B-Q at the corner of Gilpin Street and East 34th Avenue . In the late 60’s, the “pied piper of Denver” set up his portable grill in Denver City Park and fed 200 people on Thanksgiving. This was the start of a growing and unfolding tradition that became embedded in the fabric of this community. As Daddy Bruce said, “you can’t beat love. Nothing beats love.” –Misti Aas

Tamera Banks and James “Dr. Daddio” Walker were among many of the community leaders who volunteered.

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December 2014