Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Marlon D. Green


The Stapleton neighborhood recently changed its name to Central Park because of Stapleton's ties to the Ku Klux Klan. Good. But they really missed out on a great opportunity as, ironically, the very first African American pilot ever hired by a commercial passenger airline, Marlon D. Green, began flying passenger planes out of Stapleton International Airport for Continental Airlines in 1965. He fought a six-year court battle that opened the industry to minority-race aviators and was promoted to captain in 1966.
They could have called it Marlon's Green (or something to that effect). The area was originally called Rattlesnake Hollow. Go figure.

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