White Recipient of SCLC’s “First” Drum Major Lifetime Community Award


Lester Lec'k White
Lester Lec’k White

In addition to a national Stellar Award, Georgia Radio Music Award, inductee into the city’s Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum and numerous other accolades, Savannah native, 30-year radio icon, gospel recording artist and community activist Lester Lec’k White, on Friday, January 9, 2009, during a banquet held at Carey Hilliard’s Restaurant in Garden City, became Savannah’s “first” recipient of the Savannah Coastal Chapter of the SCLC’s “Drum Major Lifetime Community Award.”

The award stands as a symbol for unbiased leadership and is awarded to persons who have added improvement to a community at-large and her citizens over the years. White is the “first” ever to be bestowed in Savannah with the recognition. In his acceptance speech he credited his late parents, James and Sarah White, for instilling the values of “serving” and “doing the right things” into the hearts of their four children: James, Kathleen, Julius and Lester.

The award was presented to White by the president of the Georgia Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Rev. Samuel Mosteller and local president Mr. Carl W. Gilliard. Dignitaries in attendance included Pastor George P. Lee III, Commission Chairman Pete Liakakis and Commissioner Priscilla Thomas. The award is in the spirit of the organization’s founding president’s birthday, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who would be celebrating his 80th on January 15, 2009 if he had lived.

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