Milton Fredrick "Toby" Fitch Jr. is from Wilson where he graduated from Charles H. Darden High School.He received his BS from NC Central University and his Jurist Doctorate from NC Central University' School of Law.He is a member of the North Carolina and the District of Columbia's Bar. He
coached Football at NC Central
and at Delaware State College
Worshipful Brother Fitch is an advocate for the youth.Through his
efforts many youth have been involved with the Upward Bound Program each summer.He
lead a successful effort to unite the resources of the Youth Enrichment Program and Hardee's to feed over 500 children daily.The North Carolina Association of Black lawyers
has awarded him their "Community Service Award" and the North Carolina AFL-CIO
gave him their "Friend of the working People" award.He is a lifetime member of the NAACP and was cited for his support by the North Carolina School for the Deaf Foundation. He served nine terms as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives.
This Grand Master was the first African American to preside over the House, the first to be Majority Whip and the first to be elected house Majority Leader.He
was awarded the Legislator of the Year award by the North Carolina Association of Education Office Personnel
. He is currently a Superior Court Judge in District 7b. He
remains well connected to his
community and our state.In a recent Sunday evening telephone conversation I expressed my regrets that his
sister lost her
election bid for the United States House of Representatives
to which he
replied "well I wish it could have been, but don't you fret the fellow who won is my law partner before I was appointed to the bench".
I had just hours before read a News & Observer article about the only African American to serve in the Congress in the late 1800's.His
term ended in 1901.The folks over in Tarboro were celebrating this historic man. Grand Master Fitch quickly informed me he
had been at the event.He
was there for many reasons, none the least of which was that Brother _____ was the third Grand Master of Prince Hall.
There are many other awards and accomplishments I could tell you about the Most Worshipful, but I would like to tell you just a little about how his
personal and Masonic life and why we have a unique opportunity to hear him and his
officers today.He is a member of Mount Hebron Masonic Lodge #42.