State Rep. Al Williams To Headline 12th Annual Heritage Dinner And Talent Showcase

State Rep. Al Williams, D- Midway
State Rep. Al Williams, D- Midway

The 12th Annual Heritage Dinner and Talent Showcase of Savannah and the Low Country will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018, at the Carey Hilliard’s Banquet Center, located at 11111 Abercorn Street, with a reception 6:30 p.m., followed by the Dinner Showcase at 7:00 p.m.

Kimberly G. Middleton, President, of the Hungry Club Forum of Savannah, Inc. (HCFS), host, recently announced the event program. “This is an annual celebration relative to the organization’s interest and commitment to the history and preservation of our coastal history and culture,” she said. The standing theme of this family event is, “Embracing and Preserving Our Heritage to Fortify Our Future.”

The Honorable State Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, veteran legislator and community activist, will deliver the keynote message. Williams has a history and track record of service in Liberty County and Chatham County and around the state and nation. He was elected to the Georgia Legislature in 2002 after a life of civic and political involvement. His first involvement being a door knocker for John F. Kennedy in 1960 at the age of 13, receiving his first NAACP card, thus, becoming the first Youth Council President in the Liberty County Branch of the NAACP. He later served as State Youth Council Vice President for Georgia, became the first African American National Committeeman for the Young Democrats of Georgia, and the first African American to be elected to the Georgia House of Representatives from Liberty County since Reconstruction. Rep. Williams is past chairman of The Georgia Leg islative

Black Caucus, the largest Black Caucus in America. Currently he serves as Vice Chairman of the Liberty County Development Authority, the Liberty County Airport and Tourism Authority. In 2000 Al took the trip of his life, a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with his wife of 38 years Olivia. They have five sons.

The HCFS will be citing an outstanding individual with the 2018 “Keeper of the Heritage” Award. The award will be given to an individual or organization for outstanding efforts in the areas of cultural enrichment and/or historical and heritage preservation.

The Diaspora Marketplace will again co-sponsor the event. Richard, Lillian and Margaret Shinhoster and family of the Diaspora Marketplace, will present an exhibit of African fashions and artifacts. This continues to be a popular part of the evening as the beauty and history unfolds with their creative presentation. Also, the event will feature some of the hottest, most eclectic artists in the coastal area, as well as a festive buffet.

Diana Harvey Johnson, President, Pinnacle Communications Corporation, consultants to the HCFS, says that “The Heritage Dinner and Showcase continues to spotlight some of the unique and outstanding talent and cultural enrichment in the area community, in addition to providing an opportunity to fellowship, network and enjoy a festive entertainment venue.”

For more information, please call Julia Wright at 233-0855 or 927-8425.

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