Savannah State University’s (SSU) Wright Choice Initiative, a Title III-funded mentoring program, is hosting National Freedom Day observances January 31 – February 2, 2019.
Richard R. Wright, Sr., SSU’s first president, is considered the architect of National Freedom Day, established to commemorate the signing of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States. A proclamation naming February 1 National Freedom Day was signed by President Truman in 1948.
The student essay contest awards will be announced at a ceremony January 31, 6 p.m., King-Frazier Student Center Marshview Room. Students will also read selections from “Voices of Enslaved Africans.”
Teresa L. Fry Brown, Ph.D., associate professor of homiletics at Emory University, is the guest speaker on Friday, February 1, 10 a.m., King-Frazier Student Center Ballroom. Following the speech will be a panel discussion and then a wreath laying ceremony at the bust of Richard R. Wright, Sr., near Hill Hall. The wreath will be laid by Lincoln Leota, the greatgreat great-grandson of Wright.
Djeli Jamal Amir Toure, J.D., part-time faculty in Africana studies at SSU, will lead a one-hour living history tour Saturday, February 2, noon, starting at the gazebo on the SSU campus. The tour is sponsored by the Savannah State University Africana Studies program.
All events are free and open to the public.