2010-03-03 / Social & Community News

Reclaiming Their Land Still the Focus of Harris Neck Families

L-R: Dave Kelly, Coordinator, Harris Neck Community Land Trust, Wilson Moran, Kenneth Dunham, Chester Dunham, and Jamal Toure’ L-R: Dave Kelly, Coordinator, Harris Neck Community Land Trust, Wilson Moran, Kenneth Dunham, Chester Dunham, and Jamal Toure’ The Hungry Club Forum of Savannah, Inc. (HCFS) hosted a delegation from the Harris Neck Community Land Trust at its regular first- Saturday community breakfast forum, held on Saturday February 6, 2010, in the Multipurpose Annex of the West Broad Street YMCA.

McIntosh County resident Dave Kelly, Coordinator of the Land Trust, presented a thorough picture of the history of the Harris Neck Justice Movement and its continuing quest to reclaim, from the federal government, the 2,824 acres of Harris Neck for its rightful owners.

Joining Kelly in the presentation were Land Trust members were Harris Neck resident Wilson W. Moran, and brothers Chester A. and Kenneth Dunham, now residents of Savannah.

HCFS Charter Member Chester Dunham, invited a number of special guests to the forum: Jamal Toure, a member of the National Gullah/Geechee Historic Corridor Commission, and a delegation from the Savannah State University (SSU) African Students Association. Political Science professor Dr. Christopher Ide, formerly of Nigeria, is the faculty advisor and Dunham is one of the community advisors. Students attending were Christelle Bakatukanda of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, founder and president of the association, Finita Karpeh and Rosetta Reeves of Liberia, and Samia Makoi of the Sudan.

The Land Trust remains vigilant and prayerful that its continuing efforts will come to fruition in the near future. It is expanding its efforts to obtain financial and other support to move forward in this long- running saga of injustice. For more information on the Harris Neck Justice Movement and the Land Trust, visit their website at www.harrisnecklandtrust. org or call Dave Kelly at (912) 832-3931.

The next Hungry Club Forum will be held on Saturday March 6, 2010, at 9:30 AM, in the YMCA Annex, and feature an empowerment presentation by Shevon Carr, MBA, on “Making the Best of Some Great Opportunities to Get On the Path for Education, Training and Good Jobs Right Here in Savannah- Chatham County.”

On the heels of President Obama’s address in Savannah, come out and join in the roundtable discussion. For more information, please call Julia Wright at 233-0855 or Diana Harvey Johnson at 927-8425.

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