Thursday, September 11, 2008

Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson Honored as 'Healthy Hero' by The AMERIGROUP Foundation

PRNewswire - The AMERIGROUP Foundation today announced that Savannah, Ga., Mayor Otis Johnson has been honored with its "Healthy Heroes" award. The occasion was celebrated in two ceremonies today at the Savannah City Hall and the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.

"AMERIGROUP is pleased to honor those who work tirelessly to make a difference in our communities, and Mayor Johnson certainly fits that description," said Dr. Tunde Sotunde, CEO of AMERIGROUP Community Care in Georgia. "In addition, we are pleased to support the work and mission of both the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum and the West Broad Street YMCA, the worthy organizations which Mayor Johnson has commended."

The AMERIGROUP Foundation Healthy Heroes Award recognizes leaders, teachers, schools or community based organizations who demonstrate leadership by improving the overall well-being of the community, enhancing health-related initiatives, or serving as advocates for the financially vulnerable or disadvantaged in the area of health promotion or related programs.

To commemorate Mayor Johnson's commitment to the community, the AMERIGROUP Foundation will present a $500 contribution to both the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum and the West Broad Street YMCA.

"The AMERIGROUP Foundation's commitment and many contributions focused on encouraging healthy families and communities have been a great help to the people of Savannah," Mayor Johnson said. "We are all grateful for their support of local organizations like the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum and the West Broad Street YMCA that assist and enrich the lives of those in our community."

The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, recently honored as "Georgia's Best New History Museum" by the Georgia Journal, is named in honor of the late Dr. Ralph Mark Gilbert. The father of Savannah's modern-day Civil Rights Movement and fearless National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) leader was known for much more than his outspoken campaigns for civil rights. He was a nationally known orator, pulpiteer and playwright, producing religious dramas throughout the country.

The West Broad Street YMCA is one of the last seven Heritage YMCA sites in the United States. Open originally on West Broad Street, now known as Martin Luther King Blvd., the West Broad Street YMCA moved to its current 1110 May Street site in 1968.

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