The national organization, the Consortium of Doctors, Ltd., will be welcomed to Savannah on Thursday, July 25 with a special reception hosted by Mr. & Mrs. Robert James and the staff of Carver State Bank. The Consortium will hold its annual conference in Savannah from Thursday through Sunday, July 25-28, with an array of activities and events.
Robert James, president of Carver State Bank said, “We are happy to again host this outstanding group of professional women and plan to participate in some of their special public events. They bring value and scholarship to our city and continue to recognize our outstanding citizens.” In addition to the opening reception held at Carver State Bank, the unveiling of the new plaque on the African American Family Monument will take place. “We are pleased to devote our entire conference to the life and legacy of Dr. Abigail Jordan. The unveiling of the new plaque means so much to the members of COD, as well as the overall Savannah community,” said Dr. Phyllis Qualls, director of COD. The unveiling will be Friday at noon at Rousakis Plaza on River Street and the public is invited to attend.
Dr. Jordan, known affectionately as Dr. Abbie, was a bright light and her legacy is as a strong, courageous citizen of this city and state. Dr. Jordan passed in January of this year, in Atlanta with her only son Ken. Her Memorial Service was held at her home church St. Philip A.M.E. (MLK Blvd.) here in Savannah. The Savannah City Council, Planning Commission, Dr. Jordan’s son Ken, and many citizens, including Dr. Marguerite T. Birt, who is also a member of COD, worked tirelessly to get the plaque revised to include the names of Dr. Jordan and COD. This ceremony will rectify that error.
In addition to a student essay contest, where local students will receive cash prizes for first, second and third place, the Think Tank, a tour of First African Church and other activities during the weekend, the Bouquet of Doctors banquet will feature Ms. Edna Jackson as an honoree. She was selected by the committee to receive the Dr. Muriel Williams Battle Shero Award.
The Consortium was founded by Dr. Jordan, which is why every other year, the conference returns to Savannah. It was created to recognize African American women with terminal degrees who have made significant achievements in their field. This year’s conference is the 28th annual event.
For information, please contact Dr. Marguerite Birt at 912.921.0334.