Fighting discrimination and advocating for equal opportunity was the primary ax to grind for Leon Young, Colorado Springs' first and only black mayor and vice mayor, says Denise Young Smith, the only child of the late Young and his late wife, Margie.
"He was incredibly vocal around discriminatory practices," Smith said. "His primary concern was the quality of life for everyone and when there wasn't representation."
Like father, like daughter.
Smith, who was born and raised in Colorado Springs and graduated from Palmer High School, is considered one of the most powerful black women in Silicon Valley.