E-mail this story
Baltimore's late, great civil rights leader
On Saturday, Feb. 2, Baltimore memorialized the Rev. Vernon N. Dobson and recognized him as a giant in the history of the local civil rights struggle ("Civil rights leader founded BUILD," Jan. 27). Testimony was given of his efforts to desegregate Gwynn Oak Park in 1963, creation of the Maryland Food Bank in 1968 and, in the 1970s, the founding of Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development. He was lauded for his work in planning the 1963 March on Washington and his marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. in 1965. His name was placed in the pantheon of those who were pre-eminent in the civil rights movement such as Walter P. Carter, Parren Mitchell, Marion Bascom, Sam Green, Wendell Phillips, Chester Wickware and Sam Daniels. He got the recognition he so rightly deserves.
February 5, 2013