The Savannah Tribune will celebrate 143 years of publishing, 1875 – 2018, during this historical year that also acknowledges 191 years of the Black Press in America. The Tribune will host a premiere 143rd Anniversary event, a Biscuit Brunch and Sneaker Ball, on Saturday, August 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m., at The DeSoto, 15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, GA. Special guests in attendance for The Tribune’s anniversary celebration from the National Newspaper Publishers Association will be Mrs. Dorothy Leavell, Chairman, and Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO.
During this celebratory event, we will recognize Savannah natives who were pioneers in the Black Press making their marks on the national level in magazine, print and broadcast journalism. Four persons will be recognized in this category – Verdelle Lambert, Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb, Wanda S. Lloyd and Vaughnette Goode-Walker.
Verdelle Lambert earned her master’s degree in magazine journalism at Syracuse University, and accepted her first position as associate editor at Jet magazine in Chicago, where her first interview assignment earned her the cover of the May 19, 1966, issue.
Subsequently, Lambert spent the majority of her professional career writing and editing professional publications for trade organizations and major corporations such as IBM, JC Penney, the National Association of Social Workers and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb began her journalism career as a reporter for the Atlanta (GA) Daily World, the Macon (GA) Telegraph, and the Tampa (FL) Tribune. However, she spent most of her 33-year career as an editor at the Washington (DC) Post. Wanda S. Lloyd, recent retiree as associate professor and chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Savannah State University, had lucrative experiences in print journalism. She was senior editor/days & administration at USA TODAY, managing editor at The Greenville (SC) News, and also worked as an editor at The Washington (DC) Post, the Providence (RI) Evening Bulletin, the Miami (FL) Herald and the Atlanta (GA) Journal. Before assuming the department chairmanship at Savannah State University, Lloyd had retired as executive editor of the Montgomery (AL) Advertiser, a position she held for more than 8 years. Vaughnette Goode-Walker, a broadcast journalist, began her career as a radio news reporter in Atlanta, GA. Her experiences in broadcast journalism brought her back to Savannah with WSOK radio, then she moved on to Chicago, IL with WVON radio. Goode-Walker was radio news writer and assignment editor at ABC in New York city before coming back to Georgia as news writer for CNN-International in Atlanta. Each of these pioneers in journalism is also an acclaimed author of published books.
In recognition of the 191-Year Celebration of the Black Press in America, we will acknowledge those persons and organizations locally who have been integral in promoting and sustaining the Black Press over the years. Included will be the founders of the The Savannah Tribune, John H. Deveaux, Louis B. Toomer, Sr., and Louis M. Pleasant; founder of the Chicago Defender, the first Black daily newspaper in the Country, Robert Sengstacke Abbott; John H. Sengstacke, also of the Chicago Defender and founder of the National Newspaper Publishers Association in 1940; Floyd “Press Boy” Adams, founder of the Herald of Savannah; and the 67-year old Southern Regional Press Institute at Savannah State University.
Don’t forget to wear your “Fly” sneakers for the Biscuit Brunch and Sneaker Ball, and if you can, bring a pair of slightly used or new sneakers, child to adult sizes, that can be donated to homeless families and Veterans served by Family Promise of Greater Savannah and the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless.
Tickets for the event are $40.00 and can be obtained at The Tribune’s office, 1805 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.; Lester’s Florist, 2100 Bull St.; or online via Paypal at www.savannahtribune.com/celebrate-our-history.