Amir Jamal Touré, J.D., a professor at Savannah State University (SSU) in the Africana studies program, will deliver the address at the annual Founders Day event, Thursday, November 8, 9:30 a.m. He is a native of Savannah and Hilton Head Island. His families have been in the lowcountry of Georgia and South Carolina since 1814. Touré is a graduate of Savannah State University with dual degrees, cum laude, and the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.
Touré is the resident scholar for Geechee Kunda, a cultural center and museum in Riceboro, Ga., and is known as a Djeli (cultural historian) who shares the history of African people. He has also founded Day Clean: The African Soul and Day Clean Journeys, an African culture and history tour company.
He was appointed by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a Commissioner on the Gullah-Geechee Culture Heritage Corridor Commission. Touré also served on the Wisdom Circle Council of Elders for the Gullah-Geechee nation representing Georgia on the council.
At Founders Day, SSU celebrates as a commemoration of those who established the school and a celebration of the members of the SSU family. SSU will honor individuals during the ceremony in Tiger Arena. More information is available at savannahstate.edu/ founders-day. The event is free and open to the public.