Hay House Inc., 9781588250070
Publication Date: January 1, 2003
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The first African American fire chief of a major U.S. city recounts his struggle against--and eventual triumph over--the racial discrimination he faced for decades while working a series of jobs in public transportation, public works, and firefighting.
About the Author
Born in 1931, in Harlem, New York, Herman Williams, Jr., rose through the ranks to become the first African-American fire chief of a major U.S. city. During a time of deep-rooted racism, he managed to struggle through the hardships to become highly decorated and respected. Before his days at the department, he traveled around the U.S. as a jazz musician, meeting and playing with an impressive list of jazz heroes. Herman married his high school sweetheart, Marjie, 53 years ago. Together they raised their four children: Colita, Marjorie, Herman III, and Montel. Herman is now enjoying his retirement and still resides in Baltimore, Maryland.
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