SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Reverend Raphael Warnock has broken plenty of barriers on his way to becoming a U.S. Senator.
Although he’s now a long way from where he started here in Savannah, he’s never forgotten his roots and it seems they haven’t forgotten him either.
“Oh wow, this morning was a tremendous feeling”
Reverend Jai Haithco of St. Philip AME Church waking up to the news his friend Reverend Raphael Warnock had won.
“Today we are just ecstatic.”
A victory that hit close to home for Reverend Haithco.
“Here at St. Philip we celebrate him because he grew up right behind our church.”
Of course, he’s come a long way since his days at Kayton Homes.
“He started from the bottom to reach the top,” said Kayton Homes resident Deotha Bartley.
For some, like Angela Dantzler it’s still hard to imagine he was once where there are now.
“He used to stay close by you know, right up in here on this same street. I was amazed.”
The neighborhood that continues to motivate him, now covered in his name.
A name that perhaps for some now means much more.
“It’s black history. You don’t know where or when these things will come and when they come, they come for a reason not for a season,” said Bartley.
Well, maybe it’s bigger than politics suggests Reverend Haithco.
Maybe it’s a spark of hope for a community, a sign for the next generation that anything is possible.
“I think it sends a tremendous message that someone from where they’re growing up right now has become a Senator for the United State of America. I think that’s a tremendous message for all of our young people. Not only in Savannah, not only in Georgia, but throughout this nation and in this world.”