Hungry Club Explores Economic Development in Savannah’s African American Community


“What Are the Prospects for Greater Participation by the African American Community in Savannah’s Phenomenal Growth?” will be the issue of exploration at the Saturday August 4, 2018 Hungry Club Forum of Savannah, Inc.’s (HCFS). This regular monthly Signature Roundtable and Open Forum breakfast will be held at 9:30 AM, in the Multipurpose Room of the WBS YMCA, located at 1110 May Street.

This particular forum is a follow-up to last month’s session entitled, “Savannah’s Real Fireworks and Hot Topics,” that explored present socio-civic concerns in the Savannah Area. According to Kimberly G. Middleton, President,

HCFS, Savannah and the Coastal Area are rapidly growing and developing, including but not limited to the Savannah Arena and Canal District Expansion, the expansion of both the Historic and Victorian Districts, Waters Avenue Revitalization, the mammoth opportunities to be generated by ESPLOST III, and the growth of West Chatham and beyond. “The HCFS plans to partner with other concerned organizations and institutions in the community to gauge how it can levy its resources to make sure that the African American community can participate in this wealth and growth as first-class citizens, and not as just taxpayers and consumers.”

Rev. Thurmond N. Tillman, Pastor, First African Baptist Church, a longtime HCFS Church Partner will bring the Invocation and Grace, making a Biblical and scriptural connection to the topic. To lead off the exchange with those in attendance, the following panelists have been invited to make presentations: Savannah Alderman Van R. Johnson, II, developer and entrepreneur Rudolph V. Quarterman, Roy L. Jackson, President, Jackson Bros. Car Care Center and Enterprises, Bernetta A. Lanier, CEO. Ivory Bay Community Development Corporation, and Rodney Rawls, Founder, Rawls Realty Company.

Says Diana Harvey Johnson, President, Pinnacle Communications Corporation, and a consultant to the HCFS. “Time is of the essence in coming together to fashion some business development and capacity-building projects for the benefit of African Americans. It is way past musing, pining and whining about how Savannah is “growing by leaps and bounds, but we are not represented in its “blowin’ up,” The Board of Directors of the HCFS is pleased to make this very important presentation available in its community education and issues forum, designed to provide information and answers to questions posed by those in attendance.

For more information, please call Julia M. Wright at 912-233-0855, Diana Harvey Johnson at 927- 8425 or E-mail

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