The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is honored to host Visionary Voices, an event commemorating the courage of Savannah students during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. The university will host a ceremony at Trustees Theater on Friday, September 23, prior to the dedication of a historical marker in conjunction with the Georgia Historical Society, The Georgia Department of Economic Development and The Hodge Foundation.
The marker will be placed at the entrance of SCAD’s Jen Library, the former site of Levy’s Department Store. On March 16, 1960, three African-American students—Carolyn Quilloin Coleman, Joan Tyson Hall and Ernest Robinson
—were arrested for sitting in the store’s white-only restaurant. The Savannah Protest Movement historical marker elevates the intrepid efforts of African-American students and community leaders to end segregation in Savannah.
The commemorative ceremony at Trustees Theater will feature remarks by SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace, former Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson, and NAACP Secretary Carolyn Quilloin Coleman, as well as performances by SCAD alumni Masud Olufani and Brittany Bosco, a Savannah-born singer.
“The university’s many historic buildings across the world tell powerful tales, and this historical marker at SCAD’s Jen Library will ensure one of the most important events of this storied city is never forgot- ten,” said SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace.
Visionary Voices is the third SCAD program in a series of community events that illuminate local trailblazers and their legacies. In February 2016, SCAD honored 10 female pioneers during Wallace’s “Savannah Women of Vision” tribute, including Mother Mathilda Beasley, Flannery O’Connor and Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears. The university also celebrated the arduous journey of William and Ellen Craft with a bronze emblem installed at SCAD Museum of Art in honor of the Crafts’ daring escape from slavery.
The event begins at 10 a.m. is free and open to the public. Seating inside the Trustees Theater is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.