Luster Knight Memorial
(located in Marina Park, on your right just before you enter the par course trail)
In Honor of Luster Knight: June 2, 1949 – October 24, 2008
Luster Knight was loved by all and an inspiration to everyone who knew him. He was an Alameda County Firefighter and a well-known advocate who worked tirelessly and enthusiastically for the betterment of the San Leandro community.
As an African American child growing up in the South, Luster had personal experience of being prohibited from using a drinking fountain in a neighborhood park due to his skin color. That experience was the beginning of his belief that parks and their amenities should be available and accessible to all.
This fire engine red drinking fountain represents Luster’s passion for inclusivity, accessibility and being a Firefighter. Marina Park was his favorite park.
It is hoped that this Memorial, and Luster Knight’s years of service will be an inspiration for others to work tirelessly and enthusiastically for the betterment of their community.
This Memorial made possible by:
San Leandro City Council and the Recreation and Parks Commission; Alameda County Fire, Local 55; Davis Street Family Resource Center; Leadership San Leandro