St. Luke's UMC to show film about Denver philanthropist for Black History Month

January 17, 2017
Photo by Joan McCoy Denver Post Archives

Submitted by Betsy Keyack
St. Luke's United Methodist Church

February is Black History Month, or National African-American History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.

In recognition of Black History month, we invite you to come watch a documentary titled, Keep a Light in Your Window, the official film about the life of Daddy Bruce Randolph, one of Denver's most recognized social philanthropists.

Bruce Randolph was a restaurant entrepreneur who dedicated much of his life to helping those who were less fortunate. He was born in Pastoria, Arkansas in Feb. 15, 1900. Bruce's grandmother, Laura Hart, a former slave, instilled in him his Christian faith and beliefs. She also gave him her secret recipe for barbeque sauce. Daddy Bruce opened his restaurant in Denver in 1963 at the age of 63. He began to give out meals to those who were less fortunate during the holiday seasons.

Bruce Randolph was recognized during his lifetime by national and local politicians. In 1985, 34th Avenue in Denver, where his restaurant was located, was renamed Bruce Randolph Avenue. In 2008, a new school was built and named Bruce Randolph School.

This film covers his rise from poverty to becoming an icon whose legacy is still being recognized and honored today. That legacy still lives on with the annual Thanksgiving basket giveaway near Epworth United Methodist Church in Denver, with strong United Methodist and community involvement.

To see trailers for the film, go to

The event will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 at St. Luke's UMC, 8817 S. Broadway Blvd., Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. All are welcome. Coffee and refreshments will be served. You are invited to give a free will donation toward the cost of the film production.