The Savannah Trib une’s 143rd Anniversary is an event that will actively engage attendees in an atmosphere of “fun” and “service.” The celebration will include tributes to trailblazers in mainstream media and the Black Press, a community service project and fun. Savannah’s African American pioneers in journalism on the national scene, Verdelle Lambert, Wanda Lloyd, Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb and Vaughnette Goode-Walker, will be recognized, along with Floyd “Press Boy” Adams, Sr., and the Southeastern Regional Press Institute at Savannah State University directed by Novella Cross- Holmes. Tribune founders John H. Deveaux, Louis B. Toomer, Sr., and Louis M. Pleasant , along with their legacies Sol C. Johnson, Willa Ayers Johnson, Robert E. James and Shirley B. James, will be acknowledged. Savannah’s native sons Robert Sengstacke Abbott and John H. Sengstacke , two men who made historical and significant contributions that impacted The Black Press over its 191 years of existence, will also be honored.
Organizations, as well as individuals, are encouraged to participate in a Challenge Competition as part of our community service component. Awards will be given to:
1. The organization with the largest number of members in attendance who wear “Fly” sneakers and participate in the Red Carpet Sneaker Walk; and
2. The organization donating the largest number of new or gently used sneakers (child to adult sizes) provided by organization members.
Each person donating a pair of sneakers will receive a special designed Tribune tote bag. The sneakers will be distributed to Family Promise of Greater Savannah and Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless to share with those families and Veterans whom they serve.
We look forward to your celebrating with The Savannah Tribune on August 11th. So, put on your “Fly Sneakers,” pay tribute to our honorees, bring a pair of new or gently used sneakers to participate in the Challenge Competition, and parade your “Fly” sneakers in the Red Carpet Sneaker Walk.
Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased at The Savannah Tribune, 1805 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Lester’s Florist at 37th and Bull Sts., or via PayPal at www.savannahtribune.com/celebrate-our-history. Checks or Money Orders should be made payable to The Savannah Tribune. Call 912-658-2813 or 912- 233-6128 for additional information.