Albert Tucker addresses attendees during the 2015 Black Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony here in Fort Lauderdale, as part of the American Tennis Association’s Championship Tournament festivities.
By Charles Moseley
The late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., when asked to define what it takes to be great, responded by saying the following, “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Tall words to be sure, spoken by a visionary who inspired a nation to work together across racial lines in order to make America a greater place for all of its citizens. Dr. King preached the doctrine of diversity long before it became embraced by mainstream America. As a result of Dr. King’s message, many embraced and incorporated this simple doctrine as a blueprint for change and progress throughout the United States.
As we come to celebrate the life of Dr. King this time of year it is appropriate to single out individuals who took heed the words spoken by the late heavy weight champion of civil rights and incorporated them into practice as part of their endeavors. For years Albert Tucker has exhibited what Dr. King meant by his definition of greatness, by simply serving his community.
Since his arrival to Broward County in the early 2000’s, Tucker, a native of New York City by way of Washington, D.C., has worked tirelessly with almost surgical precision, to raise public awareness regarding the economic impact that multi-cultural tourism has had here in Broward County specifically and throughout South Florida. From day one, Tucker has championed the cause for bringing local Black owned businesses to the table as providers of goods and services.
“Mr. Tucker in his role as VP of Multicultural Business Development at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB) has made a tremendous economic impact to our local community. Through his vision and leadership, our local community continues to experience significant growth in tourism, which is a major economic engine for the community. Mr. Tucker has also worked hard to raise the awareness for the efforts of many of our local civic organizations by hosting their national conferences,” said Dennis Wright, president of the 100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale.