The Economic Oppportunity Authority for Savannah-Chatham County Inc., will observe its 43rd tribute to Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., 12 noon on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 1120 May Street in the Aaron L. Buchsbaum Learning Center. The keynote speaker for the program will be Dr. LeRoy Z. Zimmerman, President of 100 Black Men of Savannah and Alpha Phi Alpha “Man of the Year”.
Dr. LeRoy Zke Zimmerman was born in Cameron, South Carolina in 1945. He attended public schools and graduated from Wilkinson High School in 1962. He graduated from South Carolina State College in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. Thereafter, he entered active duty with the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. He served in the military for 27 years and retired in 1993 at the rank of Colonel. During his tour in Vietnam, Zimmerman was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. In 1974, he received a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. In 1996, Zimmerman received the Education Specialist Degree from the George Washington University. And in 2005, he received his doctoral degree in education, also from the George Washington University.
In 1996 Zimmerman founded the program known as MEGAGENESIS. The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities for students to learn about colleges and careers. Since its inception, MEGAGENESIS has served over 46,000 students. In 2007, Zimmerman initiated MEGAGENESIS in Savannah.
Zimmerman and his wife, Alice have been married for 45 years and have one biological child, Rodney. They are also parents to 25 adopted children. They have raised 7 children since moving to Savannah in 2003.
The honorees of the MLK, Jr. tribute include Benjamin Van Clark, Samuel Truell, Atty. Brooks Stillwell and Atty. James Pannell.
The program is open to the public and further information can be obtained by calling (912) 238-2960 Ext. 102 or 103.