“Savannah State University National Alumni Association (SSUNAA) Kicks off Homecoming 2016”

Ms. CassUndra Huntley, 2016 National Alumni Queen
Ms. CassUndra Huntley, 2016 National Alumni Queen

Savannah State University National Alumni Association’s 2016 Homecoming theme is “186 Miles: A Journey to Excellence”. Savannah State’s First President, Richard Robert Wright, Sr. and his mother walked these miles from their home in Cuthbert, Georgia for him to attend the Storrs School in Atlanta, Ga. This walk was an initial step to a life of scholarship, political and social activism, leadership and entrepreneurship. The walk ended on Christmas Day 1866.

To kick off alumni activities for Homecoming 2016, the 150th anniversary of that historic walk will be celebrated with a commemorative walk at 8:00am on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from T. A. Wright Stadium to the bust of Major Richard R. Wright, Sr. on campus. The public is invited to walk with the alumni, students, faculty and staff of SSU. There is no cost to participate.

Later on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 5:00pm, the 2016 National Alumni Queen will be crowned in the Asa Gordon Library. The alumni 2016 Queen is Ms. CassUndra Huntley (class of 1995) representing the Jefferson County Alumni Chapter.

President Richard Robert Wright, Sr. was a teacher, inaugural President of Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youths, Major in the army during the Spanish – American War, Founder of the Citizen and Southern Bank and Trust in Philadelphia and advocated for the first black postage stamp (Booker T. Washington) in 1940. These are only a few of President Wright’s accomplishments. Come help SSU Alumni kick off SSU Homecoming 2016. 66th Annual Greek Festival Continues After Hurricane Matthew WHO: Members of St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church WHAT: 66th Annual Greek Festival WHEN: Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 TIME: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily WHERE: St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, 14 West Anderson Street, Savannah, GA, 31401 WHY: The 66th Annual Greek Fest will continue the celebration after being interrupted by Hurricane Matthew. Guests can enjoy greek music and dancing. Festival attendees will also have an opportunity to learn about the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church and see the interior of one of Savannah’s most unique structures, St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, which is newly renovated and more beautiful than ever. Guided tours will be held on Friday and Saturday.

Attendees will have the opportunity to try Greek dishes such as spanakopita (Spinach with feta cheese and herbs baked in layers of filo), Greek meatballs (a favorite for kids of all ages), gyros (sliced beef and lamb served on pita bread), and Greek salads. A delectable assortment of Greek pastries will also be available, these include diples (fried filo dough dipped in honey syrup) to kourabiedes (butter cookies topped with powdered sugar) and baklava, the traditional treat of pecans and spices baked in layers of filo.

NOTES: All public is invited to the event, a suggested donation of $2 is requested after 4:00 p.m. on Friday and all day Saturday. EVENT CONTACT: Tommy Danos, 912-660-6412, tommydanos@att.net

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