The Rev. Vernon Dobson, a leader in Baltimore City's civil rights movement and prominent figure in its religious community, died in the early morning hours of Jan. 26. He was 89.
A graduate of Baltimore's historic Douglass High School, Dobson was pastor of Union Baptist Church for nearly 40 years, during which time he helped establish Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, or BUILD, served faithfully with the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and worked tirelessly with the Goon Squad, a robust team of justice workers who never took "no" for an answer.
Tributes and remembrances were being circulated on Facebook and other social media outlets as the word spread that another giant has gone home.
Sheila Wright called him a "Soldier of God," and characterized Rev. Dobson as "a man who truly cared about people and community."
Rashida Forman-Bey had a variety of words to describe him.
"When I think of him the words honesty, authenticity, sincerity, brilliant, devotion, service and wisdom," she wrote. "What a powerful ancestor."