Monthly Archives: May 2014

Dear Beloved Community,

At 5:11pm Monday evening, with the spirit of many ancestors surrounding him, the Great Soul, Dr. Vincent Harding, left this world. There are no details at this point. The family will post an update in the coming days.

The family expresses gratitude for the outpouring of love as you have prayed and sang, shared memories and love, Please keep Aljosie, Rachel, Jonathan, and all those who called Vincent, teacher, friend, brother, and uncle in your prayers.

Deeply grateful for his life.

Profoundly grieving for this loss


The Concert Choir of Claflin University will be performing in Denver on May 22, 2014. Claflin University, located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, was founded in 1869 by Methodist missionaries. It is the oldest historically black college or university in South Carolina.

Admission is free and a good will offering will be collected to support the Concert Choir’s spring tour.


Concert Choir of Claflin University

Park Hill United Methodist Church

5209 Montview Blvd. (at Glencoe)

Thursday evening

May 22, 2014 at 7:30pm

No Tickets Needed

The group is jointly sponsored by the Alphonse Robinson African American Musicians Association (ARAAMA) and the Bennie L. Williams Spiritual Voices. The choir is directed by Dr. Isaiah McGee


60 years Brown vs

May 17th is the 60th Anniversary of Brown vs. the Board of Education, when the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." How far have we come?

Join us for a Legacy March from CEA (Colfax and Grant St) to Sunken Gardens (across from West HS at 951 Elati Street) where we will rally and enjoy food and festivities.

Make sure to RSVP for guests too, either on Facebook at 

or online at to give us an accurate food count.

People who RSVP will receive a ticket for a free box lunch at the rally.

Thank you and see you there!

Our monthly meeting of the Second Tuesday Race Forum will be on Tuesday, May 13th at 7 PM at the Park Hill United Methodist Church at Montview Blvd and Glencoe St. in Denver. Won't you please join us!

We will continue our exploration of hidden racism and its methods by discussing the new book Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism & Wrecked the Middle Class, by Ian Haney López, Professor of Law at U-Cal Berkeley.  “Think about a term like ‘welfare queen,’ or ‘food stamp president,’” Haney López told Bill Moyers. “On one level, like a dog whistle, it’s silent. Silent about race — it seems race-neutral.” But on another level it has a shrill blast “that can be heard by certain folks … a warning about race and a warning, in particular, about threatening minorities.”

Professor Haney López helps us connect the dots and see clear evidence that racism does not only impact its targets, but all of society.  You can watch highlights and examples he provides at these links.

We are also fortunate to have the opportunity to hear Professor Haney López at the University of Denver on April 22.  He will speak at noon at the Sturm College of Law, Room 165.  It is open to all.

Date: Wednesday, May 7, Noon-9 p.m. at Iliff Seminary

Description: White Privilege and Practices of Social Justice: A Symposium, is sponsored by National Alliance of Pan African Seminarians (NAPAS) at Iliff and will provide honest dialogue and practical skill-building for participants concerned with dismantling systems of oppression that directly and indirectly implicate various social institutions in the United States.

White privilege is the other side of racism that benefits those commonly understood as white and thereby oppressing those who are not white. This symposium seeks to examine the presence and impacts of white privilege on theologically centered social justice practices to allow participants to explore issues of white privilege, race/racism, diversity, sexism, religion/ religious normativity, social justice.

The half-day symposium will begin with an opening address by Jah Latchmen,NAPAS president, and will include screening films “White Like Me” and “Cracking the Codes,” each followed by discussion. A panel will discuss the topic “Resisting Theologies of Whiteness as Social Justice Practitioners” moderated by Heike Peckruhn, Ph.D, Iliff and DU Instructor.

You can get more detailed information about the symposium HERE

You can register to attend HERE ( the symposium is free and open to the public)