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Prominent Attorney and Humanitarian, Willie E. Gary Honors the Work and Legacy of God’s Army for the Advancement of All People (GAAAP)

Gary Serves as Keynote Speaker at Inaugural Freedom Fund Banquet for GAAAP Americus-Sumter County

STUART, FL – Prominent attorney and humanitarian Willie E. Gary recently honored the work and mission of God’s Army for the Advancement of All People (GAAAP). Gary returned, for the second time, to Americus, Georgia to serve as the keynote speaker at GAAAP’s Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, and was welcomed by an audience of nearly 500 people.

Gary addressed an audience of educators, legal professionals, clergy and members of the business community on the topic of “A Change Has to Come.” Audience members listened attentively as Gary spoke about the need for men and women to lead by example and become role models for young boys and girls. Furthermore, Gary enthusiastically encouraged the adults assembled to provide opportunities for youth. He challenged everyone to play a small role in the success of the future generation by equipping them with necessary resources and tools to succeed in life. Gary motivated the students that were in attendance to succeed against insurmountable odds and to never give up on their dreams.

“Many great men and women have sacrificed and fought hard for civil rights. It is only fitting that we celebrate and honor GAAAP for its dedication and service to African American communities,” said Gary. “Thanks to the vision of GAAAP, African Americans have been afforded opportunities our grandparents only dreamed of having. While I am pleased that we have made substantial strides; I am also reminded of the fact that we have a long way to go. It is up to us to embrace the challenge!” continued Gary.

Gary, who is best known in legal circles as “The Giant Killer,” is noted for taking on some of America’s most powerful companies–winning billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. Known for his philanthropic endeavors, he and his wife, Gloria Gary, founded The Gary Foundation, which provides college scholarships to at-risk students who wish to attend college. The Gary’s have donated millions of dollars to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities – including $10 million to their alma mater Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Attorney Willie E. Gary and Television Star Denise Boutte serve as Co-Grand Marshalls during the 10th Annual African American History Parade in Lafayette, Louisiana “Our Timeline – Our Progress”

Lafayette, LATrial attorney Willie Gary along with actress Denise Boutte, recently served as Grand Marshalls of the 10th Annual African American History Parade in Lafayette, Louisiana.  The parade, themed “Our Timeline – Our Progress,” was attended by nearly 20,000 people who lined the city streets hours in advance of the scheduled start time.  Many came from near and far to honor the accomplishments of African American leaders and trailblazers. The parade was hosted by KJCB Radio in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Gary’s float was led through the city streets by the famed marching band from Southern University.  Onlookers danced and cheered as the procession made its way through the crowd.  Gary waved to attendees and threw prizes and trinkets to those showing the most enthusiasm.  At the grandstand, Mayor Joey Durell of Lafayette, Louisiana presented Gary with a Key to the City for his humanitarian and philanthropic efforts.

Gary motivated the audience to overcome obstacles and to succeed against what may seem like insurmountable odds. “Many great men and women have made significant sacrifices and fought for civil rights. Today we celebrate those leaders and legends who have paved the way,” said Gary. “Thanks to their perseverance, the opportunities our grandparents only dreamed of having are accessible to all Americans,” continued Gary.

Gary, who is best known in legal circles as “The Giant Killer,” is noted for taking on some of America’s most powerful companies–winning billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients.  Known for his philanthropic endeavors, he and his wife, Gloria Gary, founded The Gary Foundation, which provides college scholarships to at-risk students who wish to attend college. The Gary’s have donated millions of dollars to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities – including $10 million pledge to their alma mater, Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.