The Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Day Association held its 39th Annual Business and Community Unity Brunch last Saturday morning, January 27, 2018 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention
Hundreds of Community leaders, business leaders and others gather during this annual event to share Dr. King’s vision.
Savannah native and Civil Rights activist George Shinhoster was the keynote speaker. He worked for equal voting rights in Chatham County during the Civil Rights Movement. Shinhoster was one of the first seven black students to integrate Groves High School. In an interview Shinhoster stated “fostering relationships at events like the breakfast is essential to move everyone forward.” He continued, “We’ve got to talk.
We’ve got to peel back the layers of the onion and get together to resolve issues, both of the city and the county as I’m hearing now or just us in general. We’ve got to get to know each other to have that level of unity that allows us to move forward.”
The association presented humanitarian awards to James Hall and Rep. Carl Gilliard. Gilliard was recognized for his work with Savannah Feed the Hungry. This year’s theme is “MLK50 Forward: Together We Win with Love for Humanity.”