The 40th annual celebration of Dr. King’s birth will begin Sunday, the 9th of December 2018 with our 2019 Honorees Reception at the King Frazier Ballroom at 5:00 p.m. at Savannah State University. The Board of Directors of the Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Day Association, Inc. invites the community at-large to attend the celebration as we introduce the 2019 Honorees; all past honorees will also be recognized.
Our Marshals are: Mrs. Rosabel P. Dixon and Mr. David F. Richards.
Rosabel P. Dixon is a native Savannahian and a graduate of Savannah state College (SSU) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry and a Nursing degree from Armstrong
State College (ASU). She also attended Georgia Southern University.
Having substituted in the Savannah Chatham County Public School System for sixteen years, she decided to teach full time. She taught at Richard Arnold High School, Groves/ Tompkins High and Secondary Technical Center for nineteen years.
Mrs. Dixon retired from the Savannah Chatham Public School System in 1996. As an educator, she is the recipient of numerous certificates of participation, plaques and proclamations expressing her dedication to the profession. Mrs. Dixon was recognized as an “Outstanding Teacher of the Year”.
For the more than forty years Mr. David F. Richards has been in Savannah, he has been deeply involved in improving and promoting areas of community, civic and church, his contributions have been outstanding.
He has served the following organizations, vice chair of human services for Chatham County, board member for the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Day Association and as an advisory board member for the Life State Foundation. He was the grand marshal for Chatham County’s Veterans Day Parade in 2008.
Our Civil Rights Activist is Mr. Charles “Charlie” Brown.
Charles “Charlie” Brown is a native of Savannah, Georgia. His Civil Rights activism began at age 12 when he began marching with the Freedom Marchers, participating in sit-ins at various restaurants throughout the city. He continues to this day, willing to put his life on the line, fighting for civil, economic environmental rights for all.
He was one of the first African American students to attend Richard Arnold High School. Following graduation, he was drafted to serve his country during the Vietnam Conflict. After being honorably discharged from the military he returned to Savannah.
Charlie enrolled at Savannah Technical College and earned an Associate Degree in Marketing and Management and played basketball on their newly formed team.
Our 2019 Theme is: “Dream the Dream… Transforming Hearts, Minds and the World.”
Our Theme Winners are: 1st Place Theme Winner – Katlin A. Brown, 8th Grade, Memorial Day School; 2nd Place Theme Winner – Tavaris Williams, 6th Grade, Oglethorpe Charter School; 3rd Place Theme Winner – Ramondo Lee, Building Bridges High
For additional information please call the Association’s office at 912.234.5502 or the president’s office at 912.341.0041.