MLK 39th Annual Business & Community Unity Brunch Held

 
 
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

Center.

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.

Keynote Speaker George Shinhoster (back center) shown with members of the Class of 64 of Tompkins High School
Keynote Speaker George Shinhoster (back center) shown with members of the Class of 64 of Tompkins High School
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.”

MLK Observance Day Assoc. President Carolyn Blackshear presents Rep. Carl Gilliard humanitarian award for his work with Savannah Feed the Hungry
MLK Observance Day Assoc. President Carolyn Blackshear presents Rep. Carl Gilliard humanitarian award for his work with Savannah Feed the Hungry
MLK Annual Business & Community Unity Brunch Program Participants. WSAV’s Kim Gusby served as Mistress of Ceremony
MLK Annual Business & Community Unity Brunch Program Participants. WSAV’s Kim Gusby served as Mistress of Ceremony

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