If you go
What: Showing of "Keep a Light in Your Window"
When: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6
Where: Wesley Chapel at University of Colorado, 1290 Folsom St., Boulder
Cost: $10 recommended donation
More info: daddybrucedocumentary.com
A documentary " Keep a Light in Your Window," about the life of "Daddy" Bruce Randolph, will screen today and Saturday in Boulder.
Executive producer Rev. Ronald Wooding and producer and director Elgin Cahill, in addition to other local producers, were behind the creation of the film. It chronicles and commemorates the life of Randolph, a restaurant entrepreneur based out of Denver who was less focused on business than on giving back to the community.
Randolph is considered a local hero. He opened his restaurant, Daddy Bruce's Bar-B-Que, in Denver after receiving his grandmother's barbecue recipe. His grandmother, Laura Hart, was a former slave, Wooding said. Randolph himself did not grow up in fortunate circumstances. He picked cotton for 10 cents a week. Wooding said that it didn't matter what Randolph was doing — "He had the skills and the ability to maneuver where he was."
It wasn't until age 63 that Randolph decided he wanted to open a restaurant and help the community. Specifically he wanted to help homeless people or people who couldn't afford food.
"Daddy Bruce said that he wanted to be like Jesus and feed 5,000. He surpassed that number many times over," Wooding said.
When people heard what Randolph was doing, "everyone wanted to help him," Wooding said. "Volunteers came from all over the state to help him."
When people with no money came into the restaurant, Randolph would have them sweep the floors in exchange for a meal. He formed relationships with these people.
"He was doing it basically from his heart and from his own pocket," Wooding said.
Randolph's son, Bruce Randolph Jr., opened a Daddy Bruce's Bar-B-Que restaurant in Boulder to continue Daddy Bruce's legacy, even after his death in 1994. The restaurant was open for 32 years. Randolph Jr. sold it in 2012.
Randolph Jr. shared his father's philosophy, and he is featured in the documentary.
Wooding said that he, like so many others, was inspired by Daddy Bruce.
"So many different people have made this film possible because they knew Daddy Bruce," Wooding said.
Wooding himself is still helping to give back to the community.
"The Denver Feed a Family, in honor of Daddy Bruce Randolph, feeds between 35,000 and 50,000 during the holiday season," Wooding said.
The documentary will be shown at the Wesley Chapel on the University of Colorado campus. A reception is planned for 6:30 p.m. today, and the show starts at 7 p.m. Donations of $10 will be accepted.
Randolph is famous for his unselfishness and his ability to give. It is the mission of Wooding and the other filmmakers to continue to share his message with the world and try to provide guidance to a new generation on how to give.
"With history, you have to go back sometimes to go forward," Wooding said.