In The Black
Buffalo Soldiers - Cultural Beginnings for Blacks in Colorado Springs
The Negro Historical Association of Colorado Springs records Black settlers as far back as 1861. Black presence in the area took a sharp rise with the establishment of the Fort Carson Army post on the southern edge of the city. Unlike many of the cities of the south and east, there is no area of concentrated Black presence nor are there a significant number of establishments where Blacks can share common cultural experiences.
The Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region and the NAACP are strong proponents for Black issues in the community. Although Blacks make up approximately 7% of the population, they are underrepresented in government, community leadership, and senior management positions. Income is the primary factor in determining where people decide to live and Blacks live in most areas of Colorado Springs.
For most Blacks in Colorado Springs, the experience is less one of culture and more one of natural beauty and the open west. As the city grows, Black specific culture and events have found their way to the city through military sponsored events at Fort Carson and the Air Force Academy as well as community organizations attracting national talent. With the Olympic Training Facility in Colorado Springs, it is possible to share with quality Black athletes who train in Colorado Springs.
Although racism and discrimination continue to mar the American Dream, Colorado Springs provides an excellent venue to determine how your talents and resources can be used to enhance your quality of life. Colorado Springs is a beautiful community with excellent opportunities for those willing to reach beyond standard cultural boundaries and push your personal limits in education and performance.