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Black Roundtable honors Larry Borom with donation to Denver Urban League

On Friday, October 19th, The Colorado Black Roundtable (CBRT) presented the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver with a donation in honor of former Urban League president/ceo—Larry Borom.  The presentation occurred at the end of the second day of CBRT’s 2019 “Gaining Ground Summit” held at New Hope Baptist Church in central Denver.  Joining CBRT director—John Bailey to present the donation was Borom’s widow—Betty Borom.  The donation was accepted by Urban League board chair—Rev. Del Phillips and newly appointed president/ceo—Wil Alston.​​

“Larry would be so pleased with this donation in his honor to a place he loved so very much,” said Betty Borom.  “He loved this community and he loved the Urban League.  We often joked that he had two families—ours and the Urban League.”

Borom served as president/ceo of the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver for 15 years from 1976 to 1991 and was a director of the City & County of Denver’s Agency for Human Rights and Community Relations from 1993 to June 1996.  He was a community activist throughout his life and was a critical voice that was raised in 2009 with the U.S. Department of Labor regarding the systemic discrimination in Denver Public Schools related to the declining number of African American teachers. 

“It is fitting that we pause for a moment to honor one of Denver’s fiercest community leaders,” said John Bailey.  “I say it’s fitting because while we discuss the state of our Black community today, we also keep in our sights the need to rally around the Urban League—a place that Larry loved so dearly.”

The presentation took place during the Colorado Black Roundtable’s annual four-day community dialogue that looks critically at the progress being made by African Americans throughout Colorado.

“I did not have the privilege of knowing Mr. Borom personally,” said Urban League board chair—Rev. Del Phillips.  “But everything I’ve learned and heard about him leads me to believe that he would be quick to remind us that this Urban League belongs to all of us and therefore it’s equally our responsibility to ensure it not only returns stronger but that it thrives.  Both Wil and I agree with that sentiment wholeheartedly and intend to do our part to make sure that happens.  So, we thank the Colorado Black Roundtable for this needed support and we thank you Mrs. Borom for sharing Larry with this community and with the Urban League.”

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Y(l-r) Rev. Del Phillips; John Bailey; Betty Borom; and Wil Alston
Larry & Betty Borom at Urban League "White Party"