Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York�s Bravest

Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York�s Bravest

By Ginger Adams Otis

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In 1919, when Wesley Williams became a New York City firefighter, he stepped into a world that was 100% white and predominantly Irish. As far as this city knew, black men in the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) tended horses.Nearly a century later, many things in the FDNY had changed�but not the scarcity of blacks. New York had about 300 black firefighters�roughly 3 perc

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