THE BIG SHOW SAVANNAH 2008 Honorary Co-Chairs Selected


Frenchye Bynes Honorary Co-Chair
Frenchye Bynes Honorary Co-Chair

Honorary Co-Chairs for The Big Show Savannah 2008 have been announced by Charles Johnson, Executive Director, Friends of Sweet Auburn Foundation and coordinator of the festival. A survey came up with an impressive list of

Rev. Bennie R. Mitchell
Rev. Bennie R. Mitchell
virtual icons of community service. The co-chairs will serve as ambassadors of the three-day Big Show Savannah festival, to be held along Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., on Oct. 31- Nov. 2.

This year’s honorary

Dr. Martha B. Fay
Dr. Martha B. Fay
cochairs, who are being recognized as “Legends, Heroes and Heroines,” for their work to advance and enhance mankind, will be honored at an historic luncheon on Thursday, October 23, 2008, in the Banquet Room of
Dr. Philip W. Cooper, Jr.
Dr. Philip W. Cooper, Jr.
the Con-Ed Bldg., located at 714 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., from 12:00- 1:30 PM. Honorary Co-Chairs are: Floyd Adams, Jr., former Savannah mayor and publisher of The Savannah Herald, founded by his father, Floyd
Dr. Robert E. James
Dr. Robert E. James
“Press Boy” Adams, Sr.; Mrs. Frenchye Bynes, owner of Bynes-Royall Funeral Home, founded in 1878 and a former a prominent presence on West Broad Street; Dr. Philip W. Cooper, Jr., third generation dentist and author
Dr. Prince A. Jackson, Jr.
Dr. Prince A. Jackson, Jr.
of Why African American Children Cannot Read; Dr. Martha B. Fay, community volunteer and former Chatham County School Board President; Hon. Lester G. Jackson, III, DDS and 2nd District state Senator-elect; Dr. Prince
Hon. Ernestine Jones
Hon. Ernestine Jones
A. Jackson, Jr., President, Savannah Branch, NAACP and former president of Savannah State College; Robert E. James, president, Carver State Bank; Hon. Ernestine Jones, community activist and member of the Chatham County Elections Board; Hon.
Hon. Lester G. Jackson, III
Hon. Lester G. Jackson, III
Jack Kingston, U. S. Congressman, 1st District of GA; Hon. Pete Liakakis, Chairman of the Chatham County Commission; Rev. Bennie R. Mitchell, Jr., pastor of Connor’s Temple Baptist Church, who chaired the launching of Savannah’s
Hon. Jack Kingston
Hon. Jack Kingston
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance and who led the restoration of the McKelvey-Powell Bldg., formerly the old West Broad Street YMCA; Howard J. Morrison, Jr., community activist and retired banker; Benjamin R.Polote, Sr., founder
Mr. Floyd Adams, Jr.
Mr. Floyd Adams, Jr.
of The Polote Corporation, and an advocate for minority business development and participation; Richard Shinhoster, president of the Shinhoster Group International and former chairman of the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority; Rev. Thurmond N. Tillman,
Hon. Pete Liakakis
Hon. Pete Liakakis
pastor of First African Baptist Church, the oldest African American Church in North America, and Board Chairman of the West Broad Street YMCA; and Mrs. Mamie Small Williams, entrepreneur and longtime officer of both the
Mr. Benjamin R. Polote, Sr.
Mr. Benjamin R. Polote, Sr.
Savannah and Georgia Beauty Culturist League.

In addition to honoring the service of these icons, we will spotlight the story of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. /West Broad Street, for it can never be told

Mr. Richard Shinhoster
Mr. Richard Shinhoster
too many times, coordinator Johnson says. “We must continue to preserve the history and heritage so that it will take its rightful place in the annals of how Savannah truly became the city that it
Rev. Thurmond N. Tillman
Rev. Thurmond N. Tillman
is now.” The festival kicks off with a VIPMedia Reception on Friday , Oct. 31st, 3:00-4:45 PM, at Blowin’ Smoke BBQ, located at 514 MLK, Jr. Blvd. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held at
Mr. Howard J. Morrison, Jr.
Mr. Howard J. Morrison, Jr.
5:00 PM, at the northwest corner lot of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and W. Gwinnett Street

Sponsors include the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority (SDRA), the City of Savannah, and Carver State Bank. Media

Ms. Mamie Small Williams
Ms. Mamie Small Williams
sponsors include WTOC-TV, The Savannah Morning News, LOVE 101.1 and WSOK; The Savannah Herald and The Savannah Tribune.

For detailed information pertaining to festival dates and times, activities and entertainment schedules, log on to www.thebigshowsavannah.co m. For more information, call Charles Johnson (404) 886-4469, Sweet Auburn Foundation or Diana Harvey Johnson 927-8425.


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