“Finally:” An Appreciation for the Rev. Carl W.S. Gilliard

Rev. Carl Gilliard and family
Rev. Carl Gilliard and family

On September 18, 2011 the community, local, state and national leadership came out to pay homage to the Rev. Carl W. Scott Gilliard.

The event started with a procession of leadership with the theme trumpeted by the movie theme “Coming to America”.

The packed house of family and community echoed the speaker WSOK’s own Mayor of the Gospel Community Mr. E. Larry McDuffie that Rev. Gilliard was the ambassador of Love and the little Moses of this modern time.

There were presentations from: Congressman Jack Kingston, the National office of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, The Southern Christian The Southern Christian Leadership Foundation, State Rep. Bob Bryant,, Savannah Feed the Hungry,Colonel Terry Enoch and September 18, 2011 was proclaimed Rev. Carl W. Scott Gilliard day in Chatham County.

“Finally” was a culmination of 28 years of service to the community, state and nation.

There was great songs rendered by Shades of Black such as stand, an anointed dance by the Savannah drama Club, a very special tribute in song by the Bradshaw family and a conclusion of “We are Family” by D.J. King Turk.

Along with very special tributes from his sister Jaqueline Duncan, longtime friend Chaplain Nathaniel Hester, a special thanks to the awesome presentation by Mrs. Delores Middleton who performed a passage of Has Anybody Seen my Friend? that bought the house down.

In the words of the awesome speaker of the hour who has watched the journey unfold and has been a great supporter to Rev. Gilliard. After 28 years thanks Carl,”Finally!!”

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