There's an exciting gust of love and free spirit breezing through the trees of Forsyth Park, and everyone in Savannah is invited to be a part of it.
Among the countless number of dog lovers, runners, picnickers and tourists attracted to the city's most beloved park, a growing collective of free-minded individuals can be found dancing, twirling, singing, drumming and welcoming the community with open arms.
It's a vision unique to Savannah as people from all walks of life join together in an intimate circle known as Dance For Peace.
With colorful wings and a dazzling smile, local humanitarian and professional dancer Malcolm Randall leads the campaign, which takes place every Sunday in Forsyth and joins artists, musicians and friends in a mutual effort to promote love, unity and acceptance.
"The minute I saw Forsyth Park, I knew what I was supposed to do," Randall said.
But before he could get started, the South Carolina native had some unresolved pain to address.
At 38 years old, Randall's life journey has taken him across the world and back. And through his experiences - whether moving from couch to couch, earning little income as a poet or traveling with Tibetan monks - Randall has danced nearly every day of his life.
But his greatest struggle came when he lost his husband, and then two months later, his mother.
"The last six months in Savannah have been my toughest," Randall said. "And I just wanted to fall apart so that I could reassemble myself in the way that I chose."
With the help of new friends and a divinely guided purpose, Randall finally re-emerged to fulfill his ever-expanding vision for Forsyth and the surrounding community.
"My goal originally was to use this as an anti-bullying thing, because I have a story to tell and I really just want to share it with kids," Randall said of Dance For Peace.
But over the last several weeks, Randall's circle has grown as a community outreach for shut-ins, the homeless and victims of domestic violence.
Now Randall is reaching beyond Savannah's borders by donating to the Jasper County, S.C., Homeless Shelter. It's an idea he fostered a few weeks ago in an effort to relieve one of the poorest counties in America.
"That's when I got set on fire," Randall said. "Because I knew all these kids were hungry. Savannah is right across the river from a perceived South Carolina border. How brotherly is it for a city that's not even in the same state to reach out to its neighbors and help?"
Randall's universal vision and open heart has quickly won over friends and businesses in the area.
Dosha Bar & Lounge has recently partnered with Randall to offer drink tickets for those who bring a canned food item to Dance For Peace. Civvies on Broughton Street has donated 25 bags of clothing and will continue to provide at least one bag a week. And Southern Pine Co. has extended its space as a bad weather alternative venue for Dance for Peace.
"I'm also partnering with Savannah Party Starters," Randall says, "And we're going to try to get a park permit at least once a month to where we can use the stage and have DJs lead the beat."
In the meantime, Randall has received unwavering support from friends, local artists and eight-member music ensemble, Word of Mouth.
Together, they've provided a wealth of diverse instruments, from didgeridoos, banjos, guitars, drums, rain sticks and fiddles. A free yoga class is now offered at 2 p.m. every Sunday in the park and soon, Dance for Peace will include paint and free art supplies donated by local groups.
Eventually, Randall hopes Dance For Peace will become a part of a non-profit organization, Hope Lives On, named after Randall's late husband, Curtis Hope.
"Every bad thing that's ever happened to me has been so that my soul could become strong," he says. "Because it doesn't matter what I've been through. It's what I've learned from what I've been through to prevent others from going through it unnecessarily."
Serving as a safe space to nurture and heal others, Randall hopes the movement will travel to other cities around the country.
"I don't want it to become a new age movement. I don't want it to become a religious thing. I don't want it to become a political thing. I think that's where everything is falling short," he said. "We need to first take care of our hearts and then everything in the world will fall into place. It's the simplest truth. You are unable to receive love from anywhere until you are loving yourself. "And this is a place for people to come and be absolutely who they are and experience what it's like to be accepted."