Rep. Carl W. Scott Gilliard

State Representative Carl W. Scott Gilliard was born in Savannah, Georgia He is a product of the Chatham County Schools where he attended A.E. Beach High School where he served as drum major. He later attended Morris Brown College where he served as Drum Major. It was there that continued serving on the 1984 Presidential team as youth coordinator for soon to be State Rep. "Able Mable" Thomas and the Presidential Candidate, the Rev.Jesse Jackson. It was in Atlanta, Georgia that he would meet his mentor for life the Rev.Dr.Hosea Williams. After the loss of two friends to senseless violence Rep. Gilliard returned to Savannah to launch a national Stop the Violence Campaign. He formed a national recording rap group CandyLove and one ofthe largest youth organizations in the state Project Love. In 1988 he would travel through 28 cities on the MLK Pilgrimage for Economic Justice and later continue to be mentored by many ofthe Civil Rights Movement; s greatest such as: Rev. Fred D. Taylor, Mrs. Coretta and others. He has hosted several television and radio shows such as: "Tell it like it is", The Savannah Edition, Gospel Inspirations. He has written for many publications as a contributing writer. He currently is syndicated on 6 of ESPN's radio stations entitled, "Word Up". In 2009 he formed the organization Savannah Feed The Hungry Inc. which now serves 14 cities across Georgia and has served over' million servings and host the largest sit down dinners in America. In 2016 he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives and now is in his third term. He serves on the Appropriations, Transportation, Insurance, Interstate Commerce, State Properties, The Working Committe on Arts Development and recently was named the only Afriacn American/Democrat to chair a Sub-Committee on International Trade and Commerce. Representative Gilliard is married to lovely Lashawanda Lynn Gilliard, they have four children. Lookout for his book debuting on July 31st entitled, "Everybody Can't Go".

Continuing his work in Savannah, Rev. Gilliard was responsible for forming the largest youth organization of its time - Project L.O.V.E. Inc. He was also the founder of the Chatham County Youth Commission, the Saturday Morning Academy and the anointed Savannah Drama Club. Rev. Gilliard led several anti-crime initiatives, including prayer vigils, after school programs and the campaign for life. In 1991, more than 800 citizens elected him as Chairman of a citizens’ roundtable called “Unity In our Community,” and in 1996, Rev.

Gilliard was appointed to the Children’s Task Force on Violence. Rev. Gilliard believes in the teachings of another pastor, the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he talks about the “Drum Major Instinct”. Rev. Gilliard was the first African American writer for Connect Savannah, and he has also written four national gospel plays. He has hosted the number one talk radio show in Savannah for ten years on WSOK’s “Tell It Like It Is” in addition to hosting television shows on Cable 7’s “The Savannah Edition” for ten years and programmed Gospel Inspirations on UPN on 103.9 FM and on AM 1400 for five years.

In 1995 Rev. Gilliard, accepted the “Call of Ministry” and was ordained to walk with the highest form of leadership for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He later served as pastor of The Miracle Christian Life Center for six years until he was recently appointed by the National Office of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to be the current President of the Georgia Coastal SCLC.

In 2009, he and his family sponsored a citywide Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless and working poor. After seeing the overwhelming response from the community, it became apparent that attending to the needs of the poor and homeless only once a month was not enough. He founded Feed the Hungry Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 state corporation whose mission is to feed, aid and restore dignity to the working poor and homeless by moving individuals and families toward self-sufficiency. Since 2009, Feed the Hungry has served over 450, 000 servings of hot meals and fresh produce.

In 2011, Rev. Gilliard opened the doors of the Family Life Center which has had a powerful impact on the community by providing after school programs, re-entry programs, weekly food giveaways, nutrition cooking classes, emergency food giveaways, free furniture to needy families, weekly worship services and conferences. The family Life Center is now one church with three locations.

In 2012, Rev. Gilliard launched a multimedia communication company called Urban Media and also established the Gilliard Foundation. This is a media company and foundation that produces documentaries and television specials on history. Rev. Gilliard has received numerous local and national awards including more recently being named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Men in Georgia in 2009 and the SCLC Drum Major Award.

Rev. Gilliard currently is featured every week on the Magic Morning show with his highly rated “Word Up Segment”. He also has a weekly broadcast entitled the “FLC Encounter” on three FM stations and one AM station. He recently received a Doctrine of Divinity from the New Generation School of Seminary, and his organization, Feed the Hungry, now serves 10 cities in Georgia and four in South Carolina. In August, he will release a book entitled “Giving poverty an eviction notice!”

Representative Carl Gilliard represents the citizens of District 162, which includes portions of Chatham County. He was elected into the House of Representatives in 2016, and currently serves on the Interstate Cooperation, State Properties, and Transportation committees.

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