Last Saturday, Rev. Donald Marbury returned home to Pittsburgh and was given the theme of “Let’s Fill the House”. He delivered the message in three parts and it could be summed up by his opening words, “Those of us who profess to be born again must demonstrate by precept and example, and maybe those on the outside of the church may attempt to follow us and begin to occupy those empty seats in the church.”

Reverend Marbury’s family was in attendance and he stated that if he preached too long his mother would signal him, and he was serious. He stated that he wanted to address the positive accomplishments of two people in the audience and said jokingly to his mother that this time does not count, and everybody laughed.

The Hon. Allegheny Councilman William “Bill” Robinson presented the minister with a proclamation. After accepting the proclamation Rev. Marbury spoke about his lifetime experience with the councilman and congratulated him for his years of dedicated public service. He then expounded on the difference between a politician and a public servant. A politician will often to the demise of Blacks in particular, serve his political bosses and not those who elect him. A public servant, like Allegheny Councilman Bill Robinson, who is the dean of Black-elected officials in all of Allegheny County, has proven by his actions that the welfare of the people was more important than the Democrat Party.

Reverend Marbury then recognized the “Moore of Pittsburgh”, Chris Moore. He discussed the competency, dedication, professionalism and the sense of commitment demonstrated by Chris Moore on the radio and television. The reverend could have added that over the last 23 years, Chris has taken his vacation time and dedicated it to a journalism workshop for our youth.

The program was well attended and particularly on a Saturday, when we oft times have so many other things to do. On a personal note I was extremely proud of the fact that three Black men were highlighted: Reverend Donald Marbury, the Hon. William “Bill” Robinson and Chris Moore. They are clearly living symbols of positiveness and refute that worn out argument what Black men can’t achieve.

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(Louis “Hop” Kendrick is a weekly contributor to the Forum Page.)


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