Jeff S. Fard, better known as "Brother Jeff," at his cultural center in the Denver Five Points neighborhood. 

(Photo: Courtesy of Brother Jeff)

It’s Martin Luther King Day, which marks the civil rights leader’s birthday. He would have been 85 this year.

Fifty years ago King spent three days in Denver. Thousands gathered to hear him speak around the city.

It was 1964 and Denver was segregated. But Jeff S. Fard, better known as "Brother Jeff,” says King’s visit was an important step toward integration.

Fard is editor and publisher of "5 PointNews," which serves that historically black Denver neighborhood. 

CPR’s Lesley McClurg visited Fard at the cultural center he runs in Five Points.