The Evangelical Minister’s Union will hold it’s 8th Annual Rosa Parks Freedom Worship and Breakfast on Saturday, February 1, 2014 8: 00 a.m., at Saint Philip Monumental A.M.E Church, 1112 Jefferson Street, Savannah, Georgia. This year the Rosa Parks Award for Community Service Honoree is Roy L. Jackson. The Rev. George A. Moore Jr., who inspired the annual celebration for the mother of the modern civil rights movement, is the host pastor. There is no cost for the breakfast, and everyone is cordially invited to attend. Through collaborative efforts if Mrs. Carolyn Blackshear, the MLK Observance Day Association Board of Directors, and the Evangelical Ministers Union, President, Rev. Dr. Bernard Clarke, the annual Rosa Parks is now a part of the MLK Observance Day events. The speaker for this year’s celebration is presiding Elder J.E. Taylor, West Savannah District African Methodist Church. Presiding Elder J.E Taylor is a naive of Effingham County, Elder Taylor graduated form Springfield Central High School in 1960. Although under the threat of expulsion, he participated in civil rights marches at Albany State College (now University) in 1962. A retired educator, in 1969 Elder
Taylor became the third African American teacher, and in 1971 the first African American assistant principal at H.V, Jenkins High School, becoming known as the voice of reason during the difficult task of desegregating that school. He received words of commendation from Mr. W.W. Law at mass meeting for his work during this era.
Elder Taylor served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of he Chatham Council on Human Relations as was instrumental in implemented programs operated through the Emergency Schools Assistance Act (ESSA), an initiative designed to ease the tension associated with school desegregation. The Early Bird Program designed to equip low-income parents to better support their pre-school children was one such program. He has held teaching and administrative positions in the Savannah-Chatham County School System, at Savannah State University, and at Cuttington University in Liberia, West Africa, while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer (1975-1977).
Elder Taylor has served as President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, the Emancipation Association, and the Evangelical Minister’s Union, and is President Emeritus of the latter. He has served on numerous boards including the Board of Directors of the Ralph Mark Gilbert Museum and MLK Observance Day Association and was the Civil Right’s Honoree in 2006. He is married to the former Shirley V. Glover of Hardeeville, South Carolina. The 2014 honoree Roy L. Jackson actively participated in civil rights marches and demonstrations in Chatham/ Savannah. As a member of NAACP Executive Committee and chairman of its Labor and Industry Committee, he worked to gain fair treatment for all employees.
During some of the most challenges days of Savannah State College (University), Jackson worked diligently to preserve Savannah State as a viable and independent unit of the University System of Georgia. Jackson was the second and youngest African American elected to serve as a City Councilman on Savannah City Council. While a member on City Council he worked to ensure that African American employees were promoted to management /leadership position within the city of Savannah and that appointed board commissions were integrated. Jackson led the effort for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday to be observed and recognized as one of the city’s paid holidays. Jackson was the first African American to qualify and run for Mayor of the City of Savannah. He earned votes that led to a run off. Jackson has worked continuously for the past 40 years to ensure that the African American and small businesses have an equal and fair opportunity to do business within Savannah/ Chatham County.
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