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AROUND TOWN: Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region says disaffiliation with national won't break them

October 24, 2013 Updated: October 24, 2013 at 2:55 pm
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Johnnie Dotson, left, who had sung with Rev. Dennis Mose & Friends to open the Urban League breakfast, greets Angelia Collins. 092613 Photo by Linda Navarro, The Gazette

The Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region will be here until its goals and mission are met.

That was the promise from board chair JJ Frazier at the fall "Salute to the Community" fill-the-red-piggy-bank breakfast at Cornerstone on the Colorado College campus.

The organization's goals are educational programs, economic empowerment and public advocacy for the socio-economically disadvantaged. Two college scholarships were offered this year, one to a student at Manitou Springs and the other in Widefield.

Frazier told attendees that the local Urban League is "in dispute" with the national organization and has been "disaffliated," a decision that is being appealed. "This won't break us or our spirit," she said firmly.

The National Urban League said in an email: "We maintain strict quality standards that must be upheld and followed to ensure the organization in whole adheres to the highest levels of good governance, fiscal responsibility and other best practices." The local group can apply for affiliation in the future if it meets the requirements, it said.

This situation had been ongoing over the past several years. The local organization was forced to shut its Head Start day care center in 2011 and the Urban League executive director resigned in 2012.

The 2013 board members include Frazier, Carolyn Jones, Bob Null and Tim Trowbridge. Theresa Null is volunteer coordinator.

Upcoming: "Motown in the Rockies Scholarship Fundraiser," named Best of the Springs 2013, Dec. 14 at The Mining Exchange: ulppr.org.

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