Thank You America! Campaign Recognizes Aurora, Colorado Civic, Community Leaders

By George Bamu on March 18, 2017

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Honorees from the Thank You America! Campaign, Betsy Oudenhoven (1st left), Papa Dia(second right) pose with Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan(2nd left) and City Manager, George Noe(1st right) at city hall, March 15. Richardo Gambetta-Alvarado of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs looks on.

The idea and story of Aurora, Colorado as a diverse, prosperous city never gets old every time it is told. While Aurora has seen its share of issues which trouble American inner cities, it remains a place that revels in its beauty, making it an attraction to people from all over the world.…

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For city and state officials, a diverse Aurora, Colo. means business

By George Bamu on August 16, 2015

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Members of the African community, Colo. State and City of Aurora officials meet for business and mentorship development, July 25

When you listen to Steve Hogan, mayor of Aurora, Colorado’s second largest city, it’s difficult not to conjecture what’s on his mind, as he attends plenty of functions involving the immigrant communities that are a part of the city he leads. These functions occur all over Aurora, each day of the week.

Hogan, who is running for re-election to a second term, believes the presence of a burgeoning African immigrant community is leaving a positive mark on the way the city does business.…

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Slideshow: African culture takes center stage in Aurora

By Sarah Ford on May 21, 2015

Over 150 people packed into the small space of Aurora’s Mirage Kebob House on Friday, April 24, all proudly representing different countries but woven together with similar threads.

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Participants at the African Dress Night celebration in Aurora, April 24.

The first annual African Dress Night brought native and migrant African families to the small restaurant to partake in a full night of cultural celebration, featuring a fashion show and several speakers involved with the African community in Denver.

The fashion show featured participants from countries including Zimbabwe, Mali, Ethiopia, Ghana and more, each group parading onto the stage and performing brief traditional dances for the cheering crowd.…

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