DENVER - Flags in Colorado will be flown at half-staff on Tuesday in honor of Joe Rogers, the former Colorado lieutenant governor who died Oct. 7.
In ordering the honor, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Rogers "didn’t let any barriers stand in his way as he rose from humble beginnings to becoming only the second African-American elected lieutenant governor in Colorado. We share our condolences with Joe’s family and friends at this difficult time."
Rogers was the youngest American and fourth African-American elected as a state lieutenant governor.
Rogers was 35 when he was sworn in as Colorado's lieutenant governor with Gov. Bill Owens in 1999. The New York Times called him a "young, articulate, energetic and well-prepared newcomer." Ebony magazine called him a "political trailblazer," and in 2000, he was a principal speaker at the GOP National Convention.
He was the second black politician (after George L. Brown) to hold that position in Colorado, serving through 2002, according to the Denver Post.
A public viewing of Roger's remains will be conducted from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Afterward, his remains will be moved to the True Light Baptist Church at 14333 Bolling Drive in Denver where another public viewing will be held between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Roger's funeral will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Rising Star Baptist Church, 1500 S. Dayton St. in Aurora. Burial will follow at Fairmount Cemetery.