Black History Month: Walking in his father's footsteps

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Bruce Randolph, Jr. makes barbecue inside the building at Arapahoe Avenue and 20th Street in Boulder just like his father taught him. His father also taught him what to do with the food.

"Jesus Christ fed 5,000 people so he wanted to feed 5,000," Randolph said.

His father was known as Daddy Bruce. He became a local legend for feeding the poor. He died in 1994, but his annual free Thanksgiving is feeding more people than ever.

"He treated everyone very generous," his son said.

His son also has a place in history. He was a barber and had some very famous clients, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I'm trying to cut his hair and it was very awkward and uncomfortable, trying to cut somebody's hair and they're talking and moving their head," Randolph said.

He cut the hair of all the civil rights leaders who came to Denver and he also went to Washington, D.C. for the march.

"Three busloads of us. Woo! That was a dynamic trip," he said. "That was my emancipation. When I left there, I was free."

It's a feeling that he carried into his Boulder barbecue business.

"If they walk in here and say, 'Daddy, I'm hungry. I need something to eat.' What am I going to do? Get my butt back there and get him some food," he said.

He has given out food and opened up his home.

"I move them all into my house," he said.

Now, business is slow.

"I've been struggling," he said.

But as long as he's here, Daddy Bruce Junior is happy to give.

"Treat all men with respect," he said. "I have lived and am living the American dream."

Daddy Bruce Junior says he hopes to one day be remembered fondly, like his father.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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