RiNo developer named one of six recipients of Denver social justice activism award

Denver’s oldest African-American church will honor a prominent area developer as one of six recipients of its Shoes of Justice Award.

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Kyle Zeppelin, developer and plaintiff. "Ditch the Ditch" activists announce a new lawsuit challenging the I-70 expansion outside the Alfred A. Arraj United States Federal Courthouse, July 10, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Kyle Zeppelin, developer and plaintiff. "Ditch the Ditch" activists announce a new lawsuit challenging the I-70 expansion outside the Alfred A. Arraj United States Federal Courthouse, July 10, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver’s oldest African-American church will honor a prominent area developer as one of six recipients of its Shoes of Justice Award.

Shorter Community African Methodist Episcopal Church presents the annual award to individuals and organizations in Denver for their social justice activism work. This year’s Shoes of Justice Award will be presented 10 a.m. to noon Sunday near Martin Luther King Jr. and Colorado boulevards.

The 2018 recipients include the executive director of The Center for Trauma & Resilience, Cathy Phelps; the president and CEO of The Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado, Ryan Ross; the Denver Justice Project coalition; the progressive citizen advocacy group Indivisible Denver; north Denver community activist Candi CdeBaca; and the president of Zeppelin Development, Kyle Zeppelin.

“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by the leading church in this community on social justice issues. Shorter’s history of resilience and community engagement is inspirational to me and my cohorts as we try to enact positive change in our work,” Zeppelin said in a statement.

Zeppelin has been an outspoken opponent of the Interstate 70 expansion project. Shorter has voiced its support for the Ditch the Ditch group challenging the project.

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Business & data reporter Adrian D. Garcia can be reached via email at agarcia@denverite.com or twitter.com/adriandgarcia.

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