JEVAR MCGHEE is this year’s grand marshal of the annual M.L.K. Day Parade in Cairo, which gets underway Monday at 11 a.m.
The 2020 MLK Day Celebration in Cairo will be headlined by Jevar McGhee who has been selected as Grand Marshal of the annual parade and speaker at a post-parade program. The parade through downtown Cairo begins at 11 a.m. Monday at Roddenbery Memorial Library and ends at Holder Park on MLK Avenue S.W. where the program will take place.
McGhee is a Cairo native who currently lives in Tallahassee. He is a military veteran with 12 years of service in the Georgia Army National Guard. He earned his M.B.A. from American Intercontinental University, and currently works as a private contractor in Information Technology.
McGhee served on the M.L.K. Collaborative as vice president in 2018, and is the co-founder and C.E.O. of R.O.Y.A.L. Association (Raising Our Youth As Leaders). McGhee says he has a passion for his home community and for being a positive example for youth.
“His vision is to rebuild a stronger community and culture for Grady County,” states Reneé Gee-Theophille, president of the M.L.K. Collaborative. “He believes with the help of others in the community coming together working together in unity can make this a reality. He puts his energy into giving back to those he doesn’t know at times. Random acts of kindness are part of his nature. Through leadership and education advocacy, he and his team of K.I.N.G. (Keep Inspiring New Generation Success) have all collaborated to pour back into the community that they love.”
McGhee has spearheaded a quarterly clean up initiative in Cairo, held a community BBQ, and Back to School Summer Jam, according to Gee-Theophille. In 2018, McGhee was named “Man of the Year” by the N.A.A.C.P.
Gee-Theophille states, “He wants to be known as a man in touch with his culture and the people that makes up the community. His goal is to inspire and empower the people to build a stronger and unified environment. Jevar is a philanthropist that gives to help those in need because he’s been in their position and is now in a position to help make things better. To know him is to love and respect him for who he is a man with a big heart. He believes we are unbreakable, unbeatable, and stronger together. He has proven that teamwork can make the dream work.”
After serving as parade grand marshal, McGhee will give a speech at Holder Park marking the special occasion, and local performers will provide entertainment. Following the program, a community lunch will be served at no cost.
This is the last year Gee-Theophille will serve as president of the Collaborative, which organizes the annual M.L.K. Day event in Cairo. She has served in the position for 10 years, and says she feels it is time for someone else to take the reins.