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Black History Month Edition


  • Happenings in and around Historic 5 Points and Northeast DenverFebruary 2012




    115 Points newsonLine nowat www.5Pointsnews.com

    Omega Psi Phi Celebrates 100 Years

    Greg Goodlow was a crowd pleaser as his group headlined the Annual Juneteenth Festival on welton street. the legendary Charles Burell thrilled seniors at the reemerging Juneteenth senior Luncheon.

    Born in 1920, he was the first Black symphony performer in the country. Goodlow and Burell prove music is timeless.

    Faces of Five Points brother jeffs Five Points Photo and Oral Story Project Preserves Rich History.

    Ethel Allen grew up in Mississippi, and learned to cook without a recipe from her mother and grandmother. She moved to Denver from Chicago in 1951, and eventually established Ethels House of Soul. Five Points was full of cafs when I came, Allen recalls. The building I was in used to be Hung Chow, a Chinese restaurant.

    Lenard T. Dixon Jr. worked for, and then owned Joes Shoe Repair for 63 years. He had been there so long that people often call him Joe, but that was the old mans name. The original owner, Joe Vickers drowned in a fishing accident.

    There was boxing in the basement of Benny Hoopers, says Earl Sherman Mason, born 1926 in Five Points. Sammy use to box there all the time. He had two brothers, and there was another guy from Cuba.

    Norman Harris Sr. came to Five Points in1942. It was the most liberal city for Blacks, he recalls. There was more Black ownership than in any other city, including New York. Harris owns Wise-Harris Arms Apartments. At 93, he personally maintains his property. Grace Styles, a retired educator, choose Five Points for her African American Heritage Center.

    brother jeff is capturing these stories, images, and more as part of his Five Points Photo and Oral Story Project. If you have stories call 303.297.0823. Top: Ethel Allen, Earl Sherman Mason. Bottom: Lenard T. Dixon, Grace Styles, Norman Harris Sr.

    This 1953 photo of Denver Omega Psi Phi Fraternity members provided by the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library is part of their exhibit highlighting Omegas 100 Anniversary and their Mile High City contributions. See page 3.

    5 Points newsProud Recipient of theDr. syl Morgan smith

    excellence in Media Award


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    Now OpenAlvin Braswell, sr. J. Mark Pipkin

    Thank you for your continued support of our ministry. Your thoughtfulness and prayers help allow us to faith-fully serve the community.

    We are also proud of Alvin Braswell, who was inducted into the Colorado Gospel Music Academy Hall of Fame.

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    5 Points news Monthly Publication - February 2012

    Publisherbrother jeff

    editorbrother jeff

    layout & designCynthia R. Martin

    PhotograPhyLens of Ansarbrother jeff

    A-Team Photography

    Writers & researchersTerrance Big T Hughes

    Kenneth DrewBrooklyn Dorsey

    Nita Henrybrother jeff

    Cynthia MartinAlijah Fard

    5 Points News is a publication of brotherjeff.com

    2836 Welton StreetDenver, CO 80205


    5 POINTS NEWS has been enjoying every moment of Black History Month. We certainly celebrate Black history everyday, however, February is a month when everyone joins in, and there are way too many great events to attend. 5 POINTS news was particularly honored to receive an Excellence in Media Award from Dr. syl Morgan smith. when Denvers First Lady of Gospel recognizes your community efforts, that is truly an accomplishment. On behalf of each of us, we are humbled.

    brother jeff


    Dr. James D. Peters presents John and Mary Tellis, Pastor and First Lady of Solomon Temple Missionary Baptist Church the CGMAHF, 2011 Church of the Year Award


    Dr. Clarence F. Holmes grew up at 2139 Curtis Street. The renowned den-tist and community activist was a student at Manual High School in 1911, when Howard University students Edgar Love, Frank Coleman and Oscar Cooper were establishing Omega Psi Phi Fraternity along with their advisor professor Earnest Just.

    Dr. Holmes graduated Manual in 1913, moved to Washington DC, and en-rolled at Howard University. He pledged Omega Psi Phi at a time when the uni-versity officially recognized the fraternity, which incorporated in 1914.

    The Five Points native undoubtedly formed direct relationships with the founding fathers, charter members, and helped expand the growing brotherhood.

    After receiving his B.S. from Howard University in 1917, and D.D.S. from Howard University College of Dentistry in 1920, Dr. Holmes returned to Five Points and established his dental practice at 2602 Welton Street. He also brought home the Omega motto friendship is essential to the soul and his fraternitys four cardinal principlesscholarship, manhood, perseverance, and uplift.

    In 1927 Dr. Holmes served as the District Eight Representative and was a founding member of Denvers Chi Phi Chapter. This began the unbroken chain of Omega Mile High City service, which continues today under the leadership of Basileus Omar Montgomery. The Chi Phi Chapter website correctly states:

    It would be difficult to attempt to list the many achievements of the men who have been and who presently are members of this chapter. Name any worthwhile activity, and one will find men of this chapter taking a leading role.

    The members of the chapter have dedicated themselves to continue to carry out the will of Omega. It is this fact alone, which guides the men as they con-stantly contribute to the growth of better and more fruitful activities in Denver.

    brother jeff

    Notable Omega PSI PHI


    Five Points own Dr. Clarence F. Holmes

    Dr. Charles Drew

    The Denver Chi Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi at the 2011 MLK Marade

    1957 Denver Omega Members Photo: Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

    Sharon S. DanielsReal Estate Broker

    DavE SmitH REalty Co.2015 E. 26th avenue, Denver, Co 80205


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    CALDWELL-KIRK MORTUARYServing the Denver community for 60 years.

    2101 Marion St., Denver, CO 80205303.861.4644 www.caldwellkirk.com

    Business & Services Along the StripAdvertising And MArketingPure Brand Communications2745 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(303) 297-0170

    Commerce Kitchen515 30th Street, Denver, CO 80205(877) 299-9101

    Architecture And interior designin SITU Design2942 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(303) 296-4742

    Studiotrope2942 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(303) 308-1144

    Arts And cultureBlack American West Museum3091 California Street, Denver, CO 80205(720) 242-7428

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

    brother jeffs Cultural Center 2836 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(303) 297-0823

    Cleo Parker Robinson Dance 119 Park Avenue West, Denver, CO 80205(303) 295-1759

    Frederick Douglas Community Building 2745 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(213) 923-2981

    Stiles African American Heritage Center, Inc.2607 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO 80205(303) 294-0597

    AutoMotiveCourtesy Auto728 East 26th Avenue, Denver, CO 80205(303) 861-4417

    BAnkingUS Bank 2701 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(303) 296-4742

    Wells Fargo2559 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(303) 297-7786

    BArBers & BeAuty shopsDunbar Barber Shop 2844 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(303) 295-9131

    Five Points Beauty and Barber2757 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(303) 298-1078

    Franklin Stigers Afro Styling2755 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(303) 295-9055

    Hope for a Change Beauty and Barber Shop2737 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(720) 434-9092

    McGills2843 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(303) 295-1977

    Mr. Puff2754 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(720) 404-8154

    New Look Barbers2825 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(303) 295-9192

    BArsClimax Lounge2217 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(303) 292-5483 cleAnersC & B Cleaners & Hatters2748 Welton, Denver CO 80205(303) 297-9544

    coMMunicAtionsWireless Express610 26th St., Denver, CO 80205(303) 295-1788

    coMMunity developMentCivil Technology Inc.2413 Washington, Denver, CO 80205(303) 292-0348

    Five Points Business District2444 Washington, Denver, CO 80205(303) 832-5000

    dispensAriesAlternative Medical Foods2752 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(303) 295-2425

    Denver Kush Club2615 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(303) 736-6550

    The Silver Lizard2860 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(303) 862- 7940

    engineeringTriunity Engineering2444 Washington St., 3rd Flr, Denver, CO 80205(303) 953-0320

    FAith BAsedAgape Christian Church2501 California, Denver, CO 80205(303) 296-2454

    A Word from God Ministries2845 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(720) 297-6305

    Central Baptist Church2400 California, Denver, CO 80205(303) 292-6618

    Kingdom of God Christian Center2485 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(303) 293-2233

    governMent oFFicesCop Shop2717 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(720) 865-2355

    Councilman Albus BrooksDenver City Council District 82713 Welton, Denver, Co 80205(720) 337-8883

    Denver Motor VehicleFive Points Plaza2736 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(720) 865-4600

    heAlth & huMAn resourcesbrother jeffs Community Health Initiative 608 26th St., 2nd Floor, Denver, CO 80205(303) 293-0024

    Denver Options2736 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(720) 587-2800

    Grupo Esperenza Y Fe2545 Welton, Denver, CO 80205(720) 297-0749

    Guidance Behind the Walls608 26th St., Denver, CO 80205(303) 317-2800

    Healing Lifes Pains2515 California St., Denver, CO 80205(720) 275-3383

    Hope Communities25


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