KGNU’s Tish Beauford speaks with Terrance Roberts, a 15-year community activist, who grew up in Northeast Denver neighborhood of Park Hill. He was an Honor Roll student and an aspiring athlete, who went from being a promising local student to soon joining and eventually commanding the Park Hill Bloods Gang.
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During this time, Terrance was a victim of gun violence during the Summer of Violence in 1993, here in Denver and then was injured again soon after being shot a second time. Over the next 12 years, he spent time in and out of prison which was a traumatic and life altering experience for him. He then decided to change his life while being incarcerated inspired by iconic cultural leaders like Martin Luther King, Caesar Chavez, and Malcom X, he finally knew what he wanted to do once he had served his time and was ready to re-enter society.
He has went on to create the Prodigal Son Initiative organization, Heal the Hood Community Project, and the Colorado CAMO Movement. Terrance has also spearheaded other community development projects in blighted and marginalized communities most notably The Holly Peace Court, and the Nancy P. Anschutz Boys & Girls Club.
He is a devoted father and works as the only African American Scope Evaluator for Zillow Group, Inc. He is also the only African American Certified Home Inspector in
Colorado and in the Western Region of the United States.
Terrance continues to be an influential community organizer today and is an out-spoken leader of the “Black Live Matters” protest movement. Most recently, he has helped draft legislation, the first of its kind in the country called the “Enhance Law Enforcement
Integrity Law” – Colorado Senate Bill -217 which was signed into law by Governor Jared Polis on June 19th 2020 the same day that commemorates the annual Juneteenth recognition of the end of legalized slavery in the United States in Galveston, TX on June 19th in 1865.