SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Nearly 50 years after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, his life still has a powerful impact on people everywhere — including the Hostess City.
“Unity, peace, love and happiness is basically what it’s about,” Savannah resident and parade observer Shakeema Lloyd said. Everybody. No segregation, everybody standing as one. That’s what he wanted. That’s what we doin’.”This year’s theme “Together We Win With Love For Humanity,” serves as a powerful reminder to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy locally and nationally.
“The color doesn’t matter. To love everyone. It doesn’t matter who they are. Like it says in the Bible, ‘Do unto others as they should do unto you,” Lloyd said.Dr. Ann Levett, Savannah-Chatham County Public School Superintendent, and Al Wright, Public Affairs Consultant at Gulfstream, led Savannah’s parade as the 2018 Marshals.Take a look at some of the highlights from this year’s parade below.
One Spirit Dance Academy
Johnson Marching Band / Jenkins NJROTC
Beach Marching Band / First Coast NJROTC
Oglethorpe Charter Marching Band
Jean Ribault NJROTC
Savannah State University
Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club
Jenkins High School Marching Band
Kappa Alpha Psi
Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Islands Color Guard & Marching Band
A.E. Beach High JROTC
Windsor Forest Marching Band
Boy Scouts of America
The Freedom Skaters
Blessings in a Book Bag
Miss Black Georgia US Ambassadors
Georgia Southern University
Savannah High Marching Band
Although the parade has come to an end, the MLK Observance Day Association has more events scheduled through April, wrapping up with the King Memorial Scholarship Awards Program.Check out the full list of events here.