Hungry Club Forum Explores Reinvesting In And Revitalizing African American Neighborhoods


The Hungry Club Forum of Savannah, Inc. (HCFS) will present its monthly Signature Roundtable and Open Forum on Saturday April 6, 2019 at 9:30 AM in the Multipurpose Room of the WBS YMCA. The breakfast forum will explore the issue: “Reinvesting In and Revitalizing African American Neighborhoods in Savannah and Coastal Georgia: Are Historic and Traditional

African American Neighborhoods of Value?”

In a City that promotes and thrives on the concept of history and historic preservation there appears to be no concerted effort to focus on traditional African American residential or commercial areas.

Will the majority of these neighborhoods continue to deteriorate, fall victim to the bulldozer and gentrification? Do African Americans themselves see any value in preserving visual evidence to show that they had a vital presence in the development of area cities and towns in this region? Does “moving on up,” have to mean moving out of the neighborhood?

The Board of Directors of the HCFS is pleased to provide this very important opportunity to generate dialogue and gain insight and input. To lead off the discussion, a panel of advocates and practitioners with experience and expertise on this subject: Honorable Al Williams, State Representative, Midway, GA; builder and Affordable Housing Specialist Richmond “Rich” Fergerson; Lakesha Oliver Robinson, realtor and financial literacy author; and Bernetta Lanier, CEO, Ivory Bay Community Development Corporation.

The co-sponsor for the April forum is ECO Building Concepts, LLC.

The breakfast forum will take this opportunity to continue to build partnerships and collaborations that will touch the lives of an expanded population in the Savannah Area and the region.

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

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