November 9, 2008
The Colorado Black Hall of Fame held the 2008 induction ceremony on Saturday, February 2nd, at the Ford-Warren Branch Library in Denver. Honorees are chosen for the major contributions they have made to the African American community on a municipal, state or national level. Four individuals were honored at the ceremony including Mr. Landri Taylor, Vice President of Community Affairs for Forest City Stapleton, Inc. Forest City is the development company that has transformed the former Denver Stapleton International Airport into a new community of 12,000 homes and apartments, 35,000 jobs and more than 1,100 acres of parks and open space. Taylor is responsible for small business development, job training and Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise outreach. He has served as treasurer for the Denver Area Chapter (DAC) of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE®) since January 2005. In addition to donating his time to AABE, Taylor currently serves on the boards of Rocky Mountain PBS, Skyland Community Charter High School, Stapleton Foundation, Foundation for Educational Excellence, Denver International Airport (DIA) Business Partnership, and the Mayor’s Workforce Development Council. He is a member of the Democratic National Planning Committee and working tirelessly as the convention in August rapidly approaches. Taylor received a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974 and is a 1995 graduate of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Denver program. When asked to say a few words upon receiving the award, Taylor stated “I would not be here were it not for the many individuals before me whose portraits grace these walls; and I thank them whole-heartedly for their work and dedication.” Taylor is the second of the AABE DAC members to be inducted in the Colorado Black Hall of Fame. Syl Morgan-Smith, a founding member of the DAC is the first. Morgan-Smith was inducted in 2005.