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Richmond Hill black history recognized
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The MLK parade committee group Sandra Workman, Pastor Daniel & Elisha Boyd, Craig & Sharon Butts, Sandra Workman, Candice Fife, Johnnie Quiller, John Ring, Fausto with Richmond Hill mayor Russ Carpenter. Photo provided.

In keeping with the success of the first Richmond Hill Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade held last month, the Richmond Hill City Council officially recognized the importance of Black History Month at their regular city council meeting. Pastor Daniel Boyd accepted the recognition letter from Mayor Russ Carpenter.

The parade and celebration was held on Jan. 19 and organizers say it was a success if judged by the smiles on everyone’s faces, the more than 65 organizations that joined in the parade, and the crowd that attended the celebration at J.F. Gregory Park following the parade.  Although this event was small compared to others, it has the potential, organizers say, to forever change the image of Richmond Hill and make it a place for all people to choose to make their home.

The organizers thanked several people, including Carpenter and the Richmond Hill City Council. The Proclamation that Council approved last year was the first step toward the parade. The City played a large role in lending support and resources to the event, including the municipal operations department, the team from J.F. Gregory Park, the Richmond Hill Fire Department, and the Richmond Hill Police Department.

Thanks also went out to Pembroke Mayor Pro Tem Johnnie Miller, Sheila Fields of Pembroke, the people who gave of their time to volunteer to help at the events, and the supporters, sponsors, and donors.  

 The next parade will be on January 18, 2020.

If you would like to join this movement, email or call 912-388-9196.

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