The Hungry Club Forum of Savannah, Inc. (HCFS) will hold its 13th Annual Meeting and Community Service Appreciation Reception–Luncheon, on Saturday, May 4, 2019, in the Eden Room of The Temple of Glory. This activity spotlights the annual contributions, since 2006, of the HCFS’ monthly Signature Roundtable and Open Forums, providing public, community education and issues programs focusing on education, economic development and cultural enrichment. The annual reception-luncheon also allows the organization to present the HCFS’ cov eted Washington-Walker Community Service Appre ciation
Award. According to outgoing president Kimberly
G. Middleton, the award recognizes an individual or organization making outstanding contributions toward strengthening the partnership between Education and Economic Development.
The award is named for Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) and Madam C. J. Walker (1867- 1919). Washington, founder of Tuskegee Institute and the National Business League, believed that African Americans would fare faster and better by focusing on education, hard work, thrift, improved deportment and industry.
Madam Walker became one of the first women to become a millionaire through her own efforts. At one time, she had 2,000 trained sales technicians marketing her products across the nation.
Her special straightening comb and hair softeners helped to set the foundation for African American beauty culture to this day.
A welcoming reception and networking with the incoming Board of Directors will precede the luncheon forum. The continuing theme of the 2019 series of open forums is, “On Becoming the Change that We Want to See: Launching and Assessing Initiatives Locally for Our Future Prosperity.” Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson, a leading civil rights attorney and the former State President of the Georgia NAACP, will be the keynote speaker. A noted lawyer, pastor and educator, Johnson has taught courses on Race and the Law, the Civil Rights Movement, Constitutional Law, Policing, and Criminal Law. He continues to lecture and write on the concepts of race, equity, and power in public policy. He is married to Dr. Meca Williams-Johnson, an educational psychologist with three children: Thurgood Marshall Joshua, Frederick Douglass Caleb, and Langston Hughes Elijah.
For more information, please contact Julia Wright at 233-0855 or Diana Harvey Johnson at 927- 8425.