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Published on Feb 4, 2014
CINCINNATI (Paula Toti) -- Much has been said about the amazing life of William Mallory Sr. following his passing on Tuesday morning. As history is being written Local 12 talked to some gate keepers of Cincinnati history about his legacy. Marion Spencer was inducted alongside Mallory in the Civil Rights Hall of Fame. She told Local 12's Paula Toti, We need more people like Bill Malory in Cincinnati and other places. Historian Dan Hurley did 22 hours of oral history with Mallory and says, He knew at an early age he had some kind of destiny. That destiny Dan believes led to his biggest political contribution, reforming the municipal court system. That we now elect judges based on district, which allowed African Americans, a diverse court of people to become judges, says Hurley. He was a good leader and it wasn't difficult to follow him because what he did made sense, said Spencer. Spencer says Mallory as a leader has left a legacy that one person can accomplish many things. She points to him being a teacher, state lawmakers and patriarch. Mallory's family says people might not realize William Senior's commitment to faith. Hurley says they might not realize his commitment to family and Spencer says they might not realize how determined he was to create change. Spencer said he was a quiet man who spoke the truth and with conviction and determination.