The Last Man Standing?
Murray Silver is out to make a change in Savannah. He says he’s accomplished everything he set out to accomplish in life, and now he’s grabbing for the brass ring—a mayoral seat. His motivation? To serve in what he calls “Savannah’s highest calling.”
In some ways larger than life, Silver is a force to be reckoned with. He is no stranger to the controversial problem of race relations in Savannah. “I cannot remember a time when races were further apart than they are now,” Murray laments. “I want to do my part to bring them together. Get people talking. My background makes me uniquely positioned to moderate a conversation between blacks and whites, old and young, male and female. I understand all sides of the equation.”
The Silver family is not late to the table when it comes to involvement in the civil-rights struggle. Seven generations of Silvers came before him, all residents of Savannah. His father was Martin Luther King Sr.’s attorney and advisor and “was disbarred and drummed out of town for daring to represent accused black men” at a time when that was not exactly in vogue. To this day, his father won’t set foot back in the city itself.
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