Posted: Mar 11, 2013 6:43 PM by Alex Labat
Updated: Mar 11, 2013 6:49 PM
At the Saint Luke Baptist Church (a church built by Fisher's brother and where George himself committed himself to helping the community), Joseph Lawrence and Ricky Julien remembered their teacher and inspiration.
"Mr Fisher did a lot for me, he put me under his wing and got me places as a young man", says Lawrence. Julien says, "Mr. Fisher was the epitome of an educator. He taught us how to carry on even if he would not be here."
A man who fought for both his community and civil rights, George Fisher loved to help those around him, and to pass on his knowledge and experiences to others.
Julien says, "Mr. Fisher did everything from elementary to adult education, but his work did not end at 3p.m. Mr. Fisher went out into the community and said, "if you see something wrong in the community, stand up and change it"".
The Martha Fisher Youth Recreational Park stands as a testament to Fisher's perseverance, he fought to get the park built to give children a safe place to play.
Terrel Watson, Fisher's cousin, says, "I didn't have a father figure in my life so he was like a father, brother, uncle...and any time I needed him he was right there for me."
And those left behind say... they plan to carry on his mission.
"I love you Mr. Fisher, thank you for everything you've done for me. You helped me find my voice when it came to civil rights and civil liberties."