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article imagePhoto Essay: MLK Parade in Savannah, Georgia Special

By Kay Mathews     Jan 21, 2014 in Lifestyle
Savannah - Thousands of onlookers and participants enjoyed Savannah's 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Observance Day Parade. Churches, activists, children, schools and universities, local officials and news anchors participated in the event.
The 2014 MLK Parade honoring the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began at East Broad and Liberty Streets in downtown Savannah, Ga. and made its way down Broughton Street to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard where it concluded, five hours later, at the corner of MLK and W. Anderson.
Digital Journal was on-hand at the start of the parade route where hundreds of groups and even more individuals arrived early in the morning to be staged prior to the 10 a.m. start time.
As reported by WTOC, "Crowds have lined the streets" in order to watch Savannah's 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Observance Day Parade. The theme of this year's parade was “Learn the History, Appreciate the Sacrifice, Live the Dream.”
Churches
Dr. King, who received a Ph.D. degree from Boston University at the age of 25, was not only a Civil Rights leader but also a Baptist minister. King was the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala. As such, it was certainly more than appropriate to see numerous churches participate in the parade, including First African Baptist Church, the oldest Black church in the U.S., and Greater Friendship Baptist Church.
Representatives of First African Baptist Church participate in MLK Parade in Savannah  GA.  1/2014
Representatives of First African Baptist Church participate in MLK Parade in Savannah, GA. 1/2014
Members of Greater Friendship Baptist Church participate in the MLK Parade in Savannah  GA.  1/20/14
Members of Greater Friendship Baptist Church participate in the MLK Parade in Savannah, GA. 1/20/14
Children
Not only did numerous children participate in the event, but hundreds were also onlookers with smiles on their faces.
Three boys enjoying the MLK Parade in Savannah  GA.  1/20/14
Three boys enjoying the MLK Parade in Savannah, GA. 1/20/14
One little girl seemed especially excited to see the MLK Parade in Savannah  GA.  1/20/14
One little girl seemed especially excited to see the MLK Parade in Savannah, GA. 1/20/14
Schools and Universities
Among the many area schools participating in the MLK Parade were Tremont Temple Pre-School Learning Center, with its Kings and Queens featured, and the Urban Christian Academy.
Kings from Tremont Temple Pre-School Learning Center at MLK Parade in Savannah  GA.  1/20/14
Kings from Tremont Temple Pre-School Learning Center at MLK Parade in Savannah, GA. 1/20/14
Queens from Tremont Temple Pre-School Learning Center at MLK Parade in Savannah  GA.  1/20/14
Queens from Tremont Temple Pre-School Learning Center at MLK Parade in Savannah, GA. 1/20/14
Urban Christian Academy s patriotically-themed float in MLK Parade in Savannah  GA.  1/20/14
Urban Christian Academy's patriotically-themed float in MLK Parade in Savannah, GA. 1/20/14
Savannah State University was well-represented at the parade, including its marching band and students, faculty, and administrators in SSU's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Miss SSU was also featured.
Savannah State University s marching band and representatives of SSU s College of Liberal Arts and S...
Savannah State University's marching band and representatives of SSU's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences in the staging area for the MLK Parade in Savannah, GA. 1/20/14
Miss Savannah State University at the MLK Parade in Savannah  GA.  1/20/14
Miss Savannah State University at the MLK Parade in Savannah, GA. 1/20/14
Activists
Activists fighting for good wages and human rights were also among the MLK Parade participants, and appropriately so. Among the advocacy organizations participating in the parade were the Savannah Regional Central Labor Council and First City Network.
Members of the Savannah Regional Central Labor Council participate in the MLK Parade in Savannah  GA...
Members of the Savannah Regional Central Labor Council participate in the MLK Parade in Savannah, GA. 1/20/14
Members of the First City Network  Georgia s oldest gay rights organization  march in the MLK Parade...
Members of the First City Network, Georgia's oldest gay rights organization, march in the MLK Parade in Savannah, GA. 1/20/14
Local Officials, Politicians, and Members of the Media
Savannah's 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Observance Day Parade was an excellent opportunity for government officials, and those aspiring to elected office, to see and be seen by citizens. Among those participating in the MLK Parade were SCMPD Interim Chief Julie Tolbert, Liz Johnson who is campaigning for the post of Georgia Insurance Commissioner, and WSAV 3 News Anchors Tina Tyus-Shaw and Russ Riesinger.
Police Chief Julie Tolbert  Savannah-Chatham Metro Police  participates in the MLK Parade in Savanna...
Police Chief Julie Tolbert, Savannah-Chatham Metro Police, participates in the MLK Parade in Savannah, GA. 1/20/14
Liz Johnson  candidate for Georgia Insurance Commissioner  marches in the MLK Parade in Savannah  GA...
Liz Johnson, candidate for Georgia Insurance Commissioner, marches in the MLK Parade in Savannah, GA. 1/20/14
WSAV News 3 Anchors Russ Riesinger and Tina Tyus-Shaw participate in the MLK Parade in Savannah  GA....
WSAV News 3 Anchors Russ Riesinger and Tina Tyus-Shaw participate in the MLK Parade in Savannah, GA. 1/20/14
Thousands celebrated the life, sacrifice, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as his enduring words.
This youngster proudly displayed her sign showing a MLK quote at the MLK Parade in Savannah  GA.  1/...
This youngster proudly displayed her sign showing a MLK quote at the MLK Parade in Savannah, GA. 1/20/14
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