The Tybee MLK Parade and Human Rights Celebration was held last Saturday, January 6, 2018. The 2018 Theme was TybeeMLK 5/50 Forward. The celebration began with the parade down Butler Ave. to the Old School Cafeteria . Rev. Jume Johnson Vicar All Saints Episcopal Church served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Fr. Jerry Ragan of St. Michaels Catholic Church gave the invocation. Julia Pearce TybeeMLK coordinator welcomed the attendees. The Men of the Mighty Fortress, St. John Baptist Church lead by E. Larry McDuffie rendered musical selections. As a part of the program, Jewish Community Representative, Phil Rosen, Islamic Community Representative Imam Igrahim Abdul-Malik, Masjid Jihad and Native American Representative Laura Moonwoman all delivered how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. impacted their lives within their communities.
The annual essay contest included Elizabeth Killorin Middle School Scholars. First Place was Julia
Emelett of Coastal Middle School, Second Place De’Anne Williams of Coastal Middle School and Third Place Jeremy Hall of Godley Station K-8. Maajid Faheem Ali High School Scholars participants were First Place Camilla Burg of Islands High School, Madeline Holt Savannah Arts Academy and Third Pace Anna Nguyen of Islands Middle School.
The 2018 Tybee MLK Honorees included Angela Hudson, Tybee Financial Director, Grand Marshal was John Finney, ret. Executive Director EOA. The TybeeDreamer Award was presented to the citizens of Tybee and accepted by former Tybee Mayor Walter Parker and current Mayor Jason Buelterman. The TybeeDreamer Award was sponsored by Hands on Savannah-United Way. Savannah songstress Kim Polote rendered musical selections including “A Change Gonna Come”. Julia Pearch delivered closing remarks. The attendees all joined hands to sing Lift Every Voice and Sing before the benediction.