ROOTS, Vol. 2 -
BSC, CA – Usually only a super hero gets an origin story, but Wiley Y. Daniel came into Denver like a bolt out of the blue, SHAMAN! Not the creation of some lightning and chemicals, or a mad scientist, it was Ida B. Seymour, a young woman college student at the University of Northern Colorado, who first met Wiley in his second year of Howard Law School, and ultimately brought Wiley to Colorado. In the deal he changed her last name.
As I sat in the Park Hill UMC gym looking at the man in the gold suit pictured on the back of the memorial program and listening to friend, colleague, co-worker, and church member speak to the impact my cousin had on and in their lives, I decided it would behoove the people there to know why Wiley had such an impart. The audience deserved to know Wiley's roots, at least as much as I knew, because they had filled me in on what I didn't know about my first cousin, his Denver side.
Wiley was from Louisville, a different kind of Southern town. It has the country's oldest horse race, and even during the days of segregation and Jim Crow laws, the infield of the Kentucky Derby was never segregated, ever! It was the peoples area to watch the race, together. It was here that Wiley Daniel watched the Kentucky Derby as part of the Louisville Male High School Marching Band. I was there too, as part of the ROTC Drill Team.