On the first anniversary of the murder of Michael Brown, our Denver chapter of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, got up before sunrise to cover the Northeast Denver, CO neighborhood and Stapleton business area with more than 3,000 flyers asking, “Did You Know?”
Stapleton is a business-and-neighborhood development built up after the original Denver airport (also named after Stapleton) moved farther east. The neighborhood is predominantly white and relatively well-off, in contrast to the older surrounding neighborhoods historically and currently made up of Black, Latinx, and poor/working class white folk.
“Did You Know?”
The flyers taught residents and businesses that their neighborhood was named after Benjamin Stapleton, a Denver mayor in the 1920s-1940s, who also happened to be a major leader in the KKK and appointed several other KKK members to high-level city positions.
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