One of Georgia’s most gifted and popular native sons Michael L. “Mike” Thurmond will return to Savannah to continue his exciting mission to help Americans understand the importance of Savannah and the Low Country in telling the true story of how much of the country’s history and heritage began. The veteran public servant par excellence, historian and noted author will headline the 13th Annual Heritage Dinner and Talent Showcase of Savannah and the Low Country on Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Carey Hilliards Banquet Center, located at 11111 Abercorn Street. A Welcoming Reception begins at 6:30 p. m., followed by dinner and an Afrocentric fashion display and exhibit, and a dynamic coastal area talent showcase, beginning at 7:00 PM.
The standing theme is, “Embracing and Preserving Our Heritage to Fortify Our Future.” The presenters and entertainers were selected based on the HCFS’ interest and commitment to the history and cultural preservation and enrichment of our coastal culture.
The Diaspora Marketplace will again co-sponsor the event. Richard and Lillian Shinhoster and family will present an exhibit of African fashions and artifacts.
This continues to be a popular feature of the evening as the beauty and history unfolds with their creative presentations. As always, some of the hottest, most eclectic entertainment in the coastal area will also be highlighted. Only the top five acts of the season are featured for the enjoyment of the audience.
Mike will speak on “Untold Gold Nuggets of the History of Savannah and the Low Country.” In 2015, the attorney’s book, Freedom: Georgia’s Anti-Slavery Heritage, 1733-1665, was awarded the Georgia Historical Society’s Lilla M. Hawes Award, which annually recognizes the best Georgia local history book. Freedom was also included on the Georgia Center for the Book’s 2004 list of “The 25 Books All Georgians Should Read.” The passionate historian’s book focuses on Susan Baker King Taylor (1848-1912). She was the first African American to teach openly in a school for former slaves in Georgia. As the author of “Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers,” she was the only African American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences.
According to Randolph L. Slay, HCFS President, “The Heritage Dinner and Showcase spotlights some of the unique and outstanding talent and cultural enrichment in the area community. We know Mike, and we like Mike. Come welcome him back to Savannah, and enjoy an evening of cultural enrichment, good fellowship, food and fun!
For more information, please call Julia Wright at 233-0855 or Diana Harvey Johnson at 927-8425.