Colorado Educational Reform

Colorado Educational Reform

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Allison Clark started this petition to Denver Public School Board and

We are a group of young people and college students who have been apart of the BLM movement and are concerned with how little we knew about how Colorado became what it is today concerning the contributions of our POC communities. With this petition, we hope to reform Colorado’s whitewashed education by changing the curriculum that is taught in schools to include POC history, specifically the history of the Five Points neighborhood, the Auraria campus neighborhood, and the history of indigenous tribes that inhabited this area.


Five Points was once known as "The Harlem of the West," housing Denver's leaders, mayors, and governors from 1860 into the late 1950s. This community was predominately African-American, as other neighborhoods had discriminatory home sale laws meant to exclude black people. It was this area's rich culture, food, and dance that made it thrive, and racism that made it fall. In the 1950s, urban areas began to be associated with crime, drugs, and gang activity, making wealthier city residents, the majority of whom white, move into suburban areas. Black residents were forced to stay through economic decline, and Denver officials decided the redevelopment of city life should happen elsewhere. Throughout its history, Five Points hasbeen welcoming to minorities, with a Jewish population moving in the late 19th and early 20th century and a Japanese-American population moving in after being forced into concentration camps in the area. The history of Five points is important because it recognizes that POC communities are traditionally rich, both monetarily and culturally, and are welcoming to those discriminated against by the majority of society. It recognizes that white people and those in our dominant society push POC into poverty and crime and that these are not inherent traits of marginalized peoples.


Auraria is older than the city of Denver and was a major contributor to the city's founding and development. In the 1920s, the area became a hub for members of the Latinx community, as it is close to industrial Denver and provided low-income housing. City officials were concerned with such a high concentration of POC in one of the most productive areas of the city, just as they were previously concerned with the predominately black neighborhood Five-Points. Thus, they created the Lincoln Park neighborhood to move Lantix peoples into a less-accessible and less-seen area. They completed this plan by forcing members of the Auraria neighborhood to move due to the construction of Metropolitan State University. This is one of many examples that forced marginalized communities out of homes, and into poverty. We need to teach about ALL of Denver's history in public education.


Public schools gloss over the history of people indigenous to Colorado, and their 'relocation.' The Sand Creek Massacre occurred in Colorado in 1864, killing between 70 and 500 Native Americans of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, two-thirds of whom being women and children. The number varies because many bodies were never found or unrecognizable after mutilation. This is not the only case of discrimination and violence towards tribes in Colorado. The other tribes of Colorado, namely the Apache, Comanche, Shoshone, and Ute peoples were forced into poverty and onto reservations, and then asked to assimilate into white society, leaving their tribe names and culture behind. History is brutal and not in-favor of the white man, but we must teach it to make sure massacres and acts of discrimination against POC never happen again.

We urge the Colorado State Board of Education to revise its teachings about Colorado's history to include the history of the Five-Points neighborhood, the Auraria neighborhood, and tribes indigenous to this area.

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