"Nobody would talk to me. Blacks (on...

"Nobody would talk to me. Blacks (on different shifts) had to sleep in the same bed. I had to bring my own cooking utensils, and I had to wait until the others had eaten to fix my meals."

--Deputy Fire Chief Paul A. Orduna, the highest-ranking black in the department, recalling his early days as a Los Angeles city firefighter.

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