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The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Casserole (Tuna)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Favorite Quote:
It Is Our Light Not Our Darkness That Most Frightens Us. So, You Have To Go To The Light.

Birthplace

Born:
1/23/1956
Birth Location:
Denver, Colorado

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Casserole (Tuna)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Favorite Quote:
It Is Our Light Not Our Darkness That Most Frightens Us. So, You Have To Go To The Light.

Birthplace

Born:
1/23/1956
Birth Location:
Denver
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Biography

Former Denver City Councilwoman Elbra Mae Wedgeworth was born on January 23, 1956 in Denver, Colorado to Castella Price and Walter Wedgeworth, Sr. She grew up the youngest of six children in public housing in the Curtis Park neighborhood of Denver and attended high school at Manual High School. She received her B.A. degree in sociology/anthropology from the University of Redlands near Los Angeles in 1978.

Wedgeworth began her career in public service in 1989 as a City Council Senior
Analyst, which ignited her interest in politics. From 1994 through 1996, she was the Clerk and Recorder for the City and County of Denver. She served in Mayor Wellington Webb’s administration as a member of the Denver Election Commission, the board of county commissioners. Wedgeworth was the Director of Community Relations and Philanthropic Affairs at the Denver Health and Hospital Authority from 1996 through 1999. In 1999, Wedgeworth was elected to a seat on the Denver City Council representing District 8. She served as City Council President Pro Tempore from July 2001 to July 2002 and as Denver City Council President from July 2003 to July 2005. In 2007, she resigned from her seat on the Denver City Council and accepted the position of as the Chief Government and Community Relations Officer for Denver Health, Colorado’s primary health services institution. In addition, Wedgeworth as the President and Chair of the Board for the Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee, she was responsible for bringing the Democratic National Convention to Denver in August of 2008.

The Denver Business Journal selected Wedgeworth as one of the eight outstanding Women in Business in 2001. She also holds the distinction of being the only person in recent memory to have worked for all three branches of city government in Denver: the city council, the Auditor's Office, and the Mayor's Office.

Wedgeworth was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 5, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth remembers her paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth talks about how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth remembers her maternal aunts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth recalls growing up in a housing project in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth describes her community in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth remembers Gilpin Elementary School in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth describes her early personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth remembers her teachers at Cole Junior High School in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth describes her childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth remembers the activities of the Black Panther Party in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth recalls the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth describes her experience as a debutante
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth remembers her high school prom
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth recalls her college aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth describes her first impression of the University of Redlands in Redlands, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth talks about her experiences at the University of Redlands
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth describes her early career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth talks about the government of the City of Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth remembers Denver Mayor Wellington Webb
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth describes her role in Wellington Webb's mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth recalls her early work with the Denver City Council
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth remembers working for the Denver Health Foundation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth recalls her campaign for the Denver City Council
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth recalls her start as a member of the Denver City Council
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth describes her achievements at the Denver City Council
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth recalls her election as president of the Denver City Council
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth remembers traveling to South Africa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth recalls her transition to the private sector
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth recalls the campaign to host the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth remembers securing the bid to host the 2008 Democratic National Convention
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth describes the 2008 Democratic National Convention
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth talks about the notable residents of Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth talks about her role in the 2008 Democratic National Convention
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth talks about her plans for the future
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth describes her plans for Denver Health
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth shares a message to future generations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth talks about the importance of preserving African American history