Rev. Dr. Milton E. Proby dedicated his life to improving race relations and serving the needs of the poor in Colorado Springs. He was senior pastor of St. John’s Baptist Church from 1958 until his death in May 2005.
Rev. Proby was a powerful and positive influence in Southern Colorado. He was inspired by the words of his friend Dr. Martin Luther King, “that we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.” So, Jr., Rev. Proby worked diligently to bring that dream to reality.
During his 47 years in Colorado Springs, Rev. Proby actively championed local people facing inequality and injustice and was a special adviser to three Colorado governors and a founding member of the Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission and the Colorado Springs Human Relations Commission. His dedication to justice for all also included tackling issues of hunger and poverty. In 1988, Rev. Proby founded the St John’s Food Bank which continues to feed thousands of people throughout the city.
Not only was he the voice of civil rights in Colorado Springs but he had also previously served six years in the United States Army and acted as a civilian liaison to commanding generals at Fort Carson, the Air Force Academy, and Peterson Air Force Base.
Rev. Proby received numerous local acknowledgments from civic and governmental organizations for his St. John’s service to Colorado Springs. This included the Colorado College Community Diversity Award and the El Paso County Bar Association recognition. He was named a “Living Legend” by the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and named one of the “Most Influential People” in Colorado by The Gazette.
His work was recognized nationally when the United States Government flew the flag over the Capitol in honor of his contributions.
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