Rambling Rose Baltimore’s own icon Lewis S. Diggs celebrates 89th birthday
Rosa Pryor Trusty | 9/11/2020, 6 a.m.
Hello everyone, hoping you and your family are healthy and safe. Yes, we are still in this mess without any idea when it’s going to end. Remember whatever phase Baltimore City and Baltimore County are in, please make sure you take care and protect yourself. Family and friends— keep wearing your masks. This mess COVID-19 is not over until the “Fat Lady Sings!” Take my word for it— the “Fat Lady” will not be singing for a long time. Now, I want to talk about Louis Diggs, a man who is legendary in our town is celebrating his 89th birthday and still going strong.
Louis S. Diggs was born in Baltimore in 1932 on Dewey Avenue in Hoes Heights. He spent most of his young life on Stricker Street in the Sandtown area.
Diggs attended Douglas High School, quitting school in 1950 to join the All- Black Maryland National Guard when they were federalized to support the Ko- rean War. He served until 1952. He re- tired from the military in 1970 with more than twenty years of service.
He is the author of thirteen books in- cluding “Blacks in Baltimore,” “The Buffalo Soldiers,” “Surviving in Ameri- can” among others. He is the honorary board member of the Historical Society of Baltimore County.
Louis S. Diggs is not only a writer and historian specializing in the African- American history of Baltimore County, Maryland, but also as a chronicler of the county’s African-American legacy, his work illuminates the historic past of its Black communities. In addition to social history, Diggs followed up his military career with nineteen years in the District of Columbia public school system from which he retired in 1989.
The Black Authors Book Expo takes place on Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Baltimore War Memorial Building located at 101 N. Gay Street. The family friendly event offers an opportunity to meet and pur- chase items from your favorite self-pub- lished Black authors. Both adult and youth authors will showcase various genres, so it’s guaranteed there will be something for the entire family. In previ- ous years, authors have been as young as six years of age, so feel free to take the kids, they may be inspired to express themselves through writing. The event is free and open to the public. Wearing a facemask is mandatory. Have fun and enjoy.
Well, my dear friend it is about that time, I have to go but remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. I am working on my third book about Baltimore Black History, so if you wish for you and your family’s pictures and stories to be included in this one, feel free to contact me. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.