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Boulder rename the Municipal Building in order to honoring Former Mayor Penfield Tate II

Stephanie Graham

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BOULDER, CO - The late former Mayor of Penfield Tate II was honoured for his services to officially change the name of the Boulder Municipal Building to the Penfield Tate II City Building on August 12, 2021.

Previously, this name change process had existed since October 2020, but due to the pandemic, the event's peak has only been triumphant until this year.

Also in attendance were City Manager Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde, Mayor Sam Weaver, Pro Tem Mayor Junie Joseph, Congressman Joe Neguse and friends of the late Penfield Tate II.

"Former Mayor Penfield Tate II worked to make a more equitable world," said Weaver.

For the record, Tate served on the Boulder City Council from 1972 to 1974 and was successful mayor from 1974-1976. He is well known for leading strongly and caring for the rights and protection of minority groups, including the LGBTQ+ community, where few people watched at the time.

Throughout his tenure as mayor and his career in Boulder, Tate II was an advocate interested in public transport, growth policy, justice in the law and respect among community members.

Not only that, but Tate II also fights for human rights that protect its citizens from discrimination against their sexual orientation. However, Tate's struggle got an adverse reaction from the public until finally, re-election took place. Tate lost re-election, but he survived all forms of public response.

Losing the re-election was not the end for Tate II. He continues to fight against discrimination and is a founding member and board member of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, a legal advisor to the University of Colorado Black Student Alliance and has served in several Colorado community organizations. Tate II is also active in charities and other civic endeavours.

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