Father's Day Salute to Black Pioneers

Friday evening in Baltimore, my 84-year-old dad was honored at The African-American Fire Fighters Historical Society 3rd Annual Salute Dinner.  The event observed the June 1953 desegregation decision of the Baltimore City Board of Fire Commissioners.  This year, the society saluted the first African-Americans promoted in the Baltimore City Fire Department. My dad, Dr. Rev. Lloyd E. Marcus, was the first African-American Fire Fighter of the Year, first paramedic, and first chaplain.  Yes, that's my dad! Among the honorees was Mr. Herman Williams, father of TV talk show host, Montel Williams.  Mr. Williams was the first African-American chief of the Baltimore City Fire Department. Circumstances made it impossible for me to attend.  My siblings and two of dad's grandsons attended the dinner, though.  My brother David said the event was a wonderful history lesson about what these pioneers went through.  David said each honoree told his story.  They...(Read Full Post)