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Bulloch County Black History Month 2022
David Shumake: Statesboro's 1st Black councilman
David Shumake
Instead of, in spite of, because of — these are the phrases that usually relate to great leaders. Instead of being silent and complacent, they speak up and act out. In spite of opposition, they keep striving. Because of their strong sense of fair play and empathy for others, they are willing to be vilified, bullied, victimized, or even martyred. So was it for King, Parks, Malcolm X and Thurgood Marshall. However, all great leaders are not textbook topics. Many live as local unsung heroes yet to be recognized. However, today, we pause to honor and commend David Shumake, Statesboro’s first Black City Council member.
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