The parade line up starts at 730 and ends at 9am on the website at Frances Meeks Way.

2020 MLK PARADE VOLUNTEER Please specify which one of the following you are interested in serving as a volunteer □ Assist with the distribution of parade information at the Great Ogeechee Festival □ 2020 MLK parade volunteers to assist in lining up parade participants i.e. marching units, floats, and vehicles



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2020 MLK Parade


Richmond Hill, GA

Event Details


2020 MLK Parade

The newly activated Bryan County Branch #5648 of the NAACP will be hosting this event. The parade will follow the same route as last year’s ...

Event Details


Richmond Hill, GA


RegistrationFormMLKRun (pdf)


2019 Highlights


How We're Helping

We are a community-based organization focused on helping make Richmond Hill, Ga a better place by supporting the legacy of Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. The 2020 Parade is January 18, 2020 at 10:00am


Get Involved


On behalf of the Parade Committee, we look forward to receiving your parade application and thank you for your interest and participation in the 2nd Annual Richmond Hill Parade and Celebration– Richmond Hill, Georgia. For questions concerning parade applications or parade information, please contact: 

2nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Celebration Office-


Our Founders

Craig and Sharon Butts

They have been residents of Richmond Hill for seven years. Sharon is the first African American teacher at Richmond Hill High School in many years; Craig is self-employed in the I-T field. They are Co-Founders of Unity In The Community, a nonprofit organization that promotes unity though culturally diverse fun events and educational activities for youth and families, inclusive of all ethnicities. The organization began in Richmond Hill in 2012 and has expanded to River Street in Savannah every 3rd weekend. They partner with youth and community organizations such as Savannah Youth City to provide opportunities of outreach and uplift to young people in the community, provide school supplies for students in need and reach out to assistance organizations to help community members who need help. Their main objective is to give back to the community by offering a hand up, not a hand out.. like you. 

Bryan County NAACP


- Johnnie M. Quiller, President

The Bryan County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is proud to take an active role in this momentous occasion, the second Dr. Martin Luther King Parade of Richmond Hill Georgia.

Dr. King is considered a formative figure in the civil rights movement. He served on the executive committee of the NAACP Montgomery Branch in the 1950’s and his involvement included leadership in the various boycotts, marches and rallies of the 1960’s up to his assassination in 1968.

In June 2018 the Bryan County branch 5648 was re-organized and officially re-activated on February 24, 2019.    Since re-organization, the branch has grown to more than 70 members, hosted a successful political forum in 2018 (with 9 state and local candidates participating), conducted numerous membership interest meetings, elected new officers, participated in the 2019 Richmond Hill MLK Parade, and is now the host for the upcoming MLK Parade in 2020.  

Dr. King wrote in his 1963 The Letter from the Birmingham Jail, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Following in the footsteps of Dr. King, we recognize the demand for leadership in the local community and encourage people of all races and nationalities to join and help to shoulder the burden.  Therefore, we wholly embrace the mission of the National Office of NAACP that states, “The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.   

Looking to the future, the local branch commits to raising awareness of such issues as voter education, voter suppression, veteran assistance, and health and welfare education.

Our immediate goals are to increase membership and provide leadership in all areas of civic engagement.

As a local branch, we need community support, commitment, and involvement. 

Please like us on Facebook @ NAACP Bryan County, GA Branch.

Phone 912- 800-5549.

Johnnie Quiller is president of the Bryan County NAACP. David Williams is vice president, Alicia Clyburn is secretary and Shelia Fields is treasurer.

The Committee

Dr. Hubert Quiller and Minister Johnnie Quiller


Pastor Hubert Quiller served honorably in the US Army and retired after twenty years of service at the rank of First Sargent/E-8. He also served as an Emergency Management Specialist at Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah, GA, retiring with thirty-three years of combined federal service. He received his secondary education in Edgefield County, South Carolina at the W. E. Parker High School. He also received an associate degree in General Studies from Central Texas College in Killeen, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Jacksonville Theological Seminary Jacksonville, Florida and completed a Master of Arts degree in Leadership at Luther Rice Seminary and University of Lithonia, Georgia. Pastor Quiller also has an earned Doctorate degree in Transformational Leadership from Bakke University in Seattle, Washington.
Pastor Quiller is the founder of Restoration Worship Center where he serves as the senior pastor and he is also the founder and CEO of Quiller Ministries Inc., a public charitable non-profit organization serving the Christian community.
Minister Johnnie Quiller served as a military officer in the United States Army for twelve years and has worked in the chemical and manufacturing industry for nearly twenty years as an environmental health and safety professional. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Alabama and a Master of Business Administration from Ashford University. She is also a Christian Life Coach and the founder of Reach Beyond the Break, LLC. She currently works as a Sr. Environmental Health and Safety Manager for BASF, Inc in Savannah, GA. Minister Quiller is the co-founder of Restoration Worship Center where she currently serves as a licensed minister, executive administrator, and she is also the CFO of Quiller Ministries Inc., the parent organization of Restoration Worship Center. She is an active member of Nu Rho Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and is the current president for the Bryan County NAACP.
Both Pastor and Minister Quiller have four sons: Alfonso, Nicholas, Joshua, and Justus. The Quillers share a favorite scripture: “I even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.” (Isaiah 43:25)

Pastor Daniel and CoPastor Elisha Boyd


Pastor Daniel and CoPastor Elisha Boyd of Emmanuel Christian Church located in Richmond Hill served as committee members during the initial planning phase of the Historical monumental movement as the city of Richmond Hill embarked upon the very first Dr. Martin Luther King jr. parade and celebration held in January of 2019. They continue to provide strong support as they serve a second term on the planning committee as the Parade Participant Recruiters and Social Media recruitment and awareness.

Ursula Lee


Ursula has over 35 years of Financial and Administrative experience. She holds a Masters of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Business. Degree.  She is retired from the City of Richmond Hill; and currently works in the community as Office Manager for a local organization. Ursula also served on the committee for the  RICHMOND Hill 1st Annual MLK 2019 Parade.  Her role for 2020 is Financial Advisor, Vendor Coordinator and Fundraising Committee.

Clyde & Shirlonda Shepard


Clyde was born in Charleston, SC. He retired from the Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council where he served as Director of Support Services. He served in the United States Army and retired from the US Army Reserve. He is a former board member of the James R. Clark Sickle Cell Foundation, TN Development Corporation City of Columbia and has served on various committees involving community projects in the Columbia area. He’s a member of the Bryan County NAACP and a member of Compassion Christian Church. He is a 33° Mason. As a member of the Richmond Hill MLK parade committee he serves as volunteer helping with parade set up and parade recruitment

Shirlonda Shepard is the wife of Clyde Shepard and mother of Dillon Taylor . She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and employed with Department of Defense . Shirlonda has served on the Diversity Advisory Board for The American Red Cross ( Columbia SC branch ). She was crowned in 2013 Ms. BCNAA ( Benedict College National Alumni Association). She is a member of Alpha Iota Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. where she serves as the parliamentarian for the local chapter. As a member of the Richmond Hill MLK parade committee she serves as volunteer helping with parade set up , parade recruitment and volunteer recruitment .

Candice Fife


Candice is proud to serve as the Chairperson of the 2020 MLK Parade.  I served as a committee person on the 2019 MLK Committee.  
Network Director

Candice Fife is the Network Director of Family Promise of Bryan County. She started as the Program Coordinator in February, 2016; she started Network Director at the start of September 2016. She has a Dual Associates degree in Business Administration and Accounting from South University, a Bachelor’s  degree in Accounting and Finance, a Master’s degree in Operations Management, and a Master’s in Management and Leadership a career background in management.

Candice has a unique situation she was a client of Family Promise 24 years ago.  She can relate and understand our client’s situation, and she can also properly guide them. 

Candice served on Interfaith Council (now family Promise) Board of trustees for two terms.  She serves on the Ambassador Committee of the Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador; she is on the Planning committee of Kingdom Women. Rotary Member. Leadership Bryan of 2018.