Google honors Frank Bailey, the man widely considered the first black firefighter in London and possibly the first full-time black firefighter in England, with a doodle on his 95th birthday Birthday

Bailey died in 2016 at the age of 90, but his legacy is by no means forgotten Today’s Doodle, illustrated by West Yorkshire based artist Nicole Miles, portrays the Guyanese-British firefighter in full uniform

Mr. Bailey was born that day in 1925 in British Guiana, now Guiana He devoted much of his life to the fight for equality, breaking several barriers

After attending local schools, Mr. Bailey took a job on a German merchant ship that took him to New York

After first finding work in a hospital, first as a doorman before eventually becoming a medical assistant, Mr. Bailey spoke out against segregation in his workplace and led a strike against segregated restaurants

“The subsequent integration of the restaurants was just one of Bailey’s many successful challenges for an unequal status quo,” reads a biography of Google’s Doodle

In 1953, in his late twenties, Mr Bailey moved to London, where he soon discovered that black residents were not being hired to work with the city’s fire service

Determined to break that barrier, Bailey applied to join the West Ham Fire Brigade, where he is believed to have made history after serving as London’s first black firefighter

According to the Black History Month website, Bailey is also said to have been the first full-time black firefighter in England

Because of his commitment to workers’ rights, Bailey eventually became a union representative – a role he was forced to leave after being repeatedly passed over for promotion

A Google Doodle honors Frank Bailey on his 95th birthday Birthday on 26 November 2020

Bailey finally decided to leave the post and become one of the first black social workers in London to make history again

According to Google’s bio, he was the first black legal advisor to black youth on Marylebone Magistrates Court

He ended his career as a guardian ad litem, representing children in legal proceedings, including adoption and divorce proceedings

In a statement shared with Google, Bailey’s daughter, Alexis Bailey, paid tribute to her father’s legacy, writing: “I am very proud of my father. He has spent his entire life fighting injustice and never giving up. He taught me To challenge things that I believe are wrong and stand up for myself and others even if it scares me ”

Alexis said her father liked to quote a line from political activist Thomas Paine: “The world is my country, all of humanity are my brothers, and doing good is my religion”

“I didn’t always appreciate it growing up, but my dad showed me that hard work pays off and you can make a difference when you are passionate and relentless,” she said, “The subjects on The ones he encountered – racism, discrimination and inequality – are relevant to this day and I am grateful that he inspired me to be brave and fight for what I believe in ”

“Years after he left the fire department, until his death, he encouraged young black firefighters to get involved in politics,” she added

“He was full of stories of solidarity and determination to bring about change in his many different roles – as a medical assistant in a New York hospital and in London as a unionist, firefighter, psychiatric social worker, overseer in a social club for ex -Soldiers and a lawyer for young black men appearing in court, “wrote Alexis

“His enthusiasm for equality got him into trouble at times,” she said. However, he was never shy of a challenge or difficult conversation and had many angry showdowns. He put energy and sincerity into everything he did, and the People have respected that ”

“Happy Birthday, Frank Bailey, your actions continue to encourage others never to give up in the struggle for equality,” the company said

A Google Doodle honors Frank Bailey on his 95th birthday Birthday on 26 November 2020

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