“Longtime Denver artist, musician and activist Jeff Campbell wants to ignite a Black cultural renaissance in his former neighborhood: Five Points.
Is that still possible?
Take a trip down Welton Street. The neighborhood was once the heart of “Black Denver” and historically dubbed “the Harlem of the West.” Much like Harlem, Five Points has been the site of massive developments, and many old-timers — unable to keep up with and rising property taxes and rent increases — have been moving away for decades.
Sure, there’s plenty of glowing nostalgia from city brass about the touring jazz culture that once took root there. Those sugar-coated tributes too often neglect that the culture was born from Denver’s long legacy of racism and segregation. The history is brutal: Whites-only downtown hotels refused to allow legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong to stay in their establishments, so they boarded — and played late-night gigs — in Five Points instead.”
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Harris, Kyle. Denverite 7 October 2021.