Thanks for your email, questioning my actions. I'd like to work with you to achieve both of our goals.
I've been working with several others on cleaning up the Titanic article. Along with your entry, I've removed all other non-notables from the Titanic passenger list. This section has become unwieldy at best. The ethnic background of Mr. Laroche could make him notable enough for a WP article, and then I would support his inclusion in the Titanic article. We should demonstrate three things at minimum: (1) he was black, (2) he was on the Titanic, and (3) he was the only black on Titanic, or at least among the few.
To that end, I would be happy to work with you to build an article on Mr. Laroche. We need to find several sources to satisfy either the notability criterion or the biography criterion. This is really less daunting than it seems; I think that the reference that you had at Titanic is a good start. Generally three good sources makes bullet proof notability; one outstanding source will be good enough in some circumstances.
Our new articles have to survive the new-article evaluation process. Many WP editors "patrol" new entries to head-off vanity bios, spam, etc. Meaningful but lightly sourced articles get caught in the process and tagged for deletion. It is easier to keep an article if you avoid the initial tag, rather than have to combat the removal of a deletion tag.
Here is a link to another minor source: Washington Post. The source is credible, but the mention is minimal. But it doues add credibiltiy to our efforts. I need to take off, but let's talk later. --Kevin Murray (talk) 16:37, 13 December 2007 (UTC)