Thursday, February 9

Showtime: 7:00 PM

Chautauqua Community House

$12.00 ($9.00 Concert Member)

Join us for a revealing look back to the life and times of the late Penfield Tate, II, Mayor of Boulder from 1974-1976. Penfield Tate, II was elected to Boulder City Council in 1971, as the top vote getter, and served from 1972-1976. His fellow council members chose him as mayor and he remains as Boulder’s only African American mayor. Tate was a humanitarian who advocated for equality for all. His stance on protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation cost him his political career. He and his family faced a hateful and frightening backlash. He survived the recall attempt, but was never reelected to public office. What was it like for the Tate family during those times? What can be learned from Penfield Tate’s commitment to his convictions?

“The measure of a great city and a great country is not the size of its greenbelt, but how it treats its people.” – Boulder Mayor Penfield Tate II, 1974

About the Speaker:

The Honorable Penfield Tate III, son of the late mayor, is an attorney within Kutak Rock’s national public finance practice. He moved to Boulder with his family in 1967 and attended University Hill Elementary School, Baseline Junior High and graduated from Boulder High School in 1974, one of the most tumultuous years in Boulder’s recent history. Tate is a former state legislator, having served in both the Colorado Senate and House of Representatives. He graduated from Colorado State University and Antioch School of Law. Tate has served on the boards for the Sam Cary Bar Association, State of Colorado Banking Board, Cerebral Palsy of Colorado, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, Five Points Community Center, the Bell Policy Center and Metropolitan State College of Denver Foundation. He has been the executive director of the Colorado Department of Administration, an aide to former Denver Mayor Federico Peña and a trade regulation attorney for the Federal Trade Commission. He is currently serving his second term as president of the Denver Water Board.

Photo courtesy of The Daily Camera.