The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation, Inc. (KTCF) announces that the 20th Annual KTCF, Inc. Awards Gala will be held Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Savannah State University in the New Student Center. A silent auction will precede the gala at 6:30 p.m. KTCF, Inc. recognizes individuals and organizations committed to advancing our society through historic preservation, fine arts, public service, education, and perpetuating the legacy of W.W. Law.

The 2017 honorees are Donald and Kaye Kole (Leopold Alder II Historic Preservation Award), James Alan McPherson-Posthumously (King-Tisdell Cottage Fine Arts Award), Father Charles L. Hoskins (W.W. Law Legacy Award), Alderman Van R. Johnson, II (Reverend James M. Simms Public Service Award) and Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr. (Beach Institute Education Award). Leopold Adler II is a Savannah native who has been actively committed to Savannah’s Historic Preservation efforts. For many years, Don and Kaye Kole through their generosity, financial contributions, community service and extensive and renowned African art collections have been instrumental in preserving and compiling Georgia History and Jewish Genealogical History which enhances the cultural climate of Savannah. The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation is committed to using the arts as its primary mode to preserve, interpret, and present to the public the African American cultural experience. James Alan McPherson became the first Black author to win the Pulitzer Prize in fiction as a result of overcoming segregation and the narrow prism of a legal education. This native son changed the landscape of literature exploring race and community and was sought after as a lecturer with his writings entitled “Hue and Cry”, “Elbow Room”, Gold Coast (semi-autobiographical short story), Railroad: Trains and Train People in American Culture, Crabcakes, and A Region Not Home: Reflections from Exile. Recipients of W.W. Law Legacy Award are recognized for their commitment to the King-Tisdell Cottage, the Beach Institute, the Ulysses Davis Collection, the Legacy Program, or for their tangibly evidenced commitment to the preservation of African-American history and to improving the quality of life for all citizens of Chatham County. Father Charles L. Hoskins has published books continuously that chronicle the history of African Americans in Savannah. He has authored Yet with a Steady Beat: Biographies of Early Savannah, Out of Yamacraw and Beyond: Discovering Black Savannah, Saints Stephen, Augustine and Matthew: 150 Years of Struggle, Hardship and Success. In 2013, Father Hoskins wrote, W. W. Law and His People: A Timeline and Biographies. The Reverend James Merilus Simms (1823-1912), an African American, represented Chatham County in the Georgia Legislature during Reconstruction. During his life he made significant contributions to the social, moral and political thought and policy of the community; Van R. Johnson, II has ensconced himself into the Savannah community and is now viewed as an “honorary Savannahian” by his constituents. Van has served as alderman on the Savannah City Council and impacted the Savannah community significantly during the Hurricane Matthew evacuation with numerous updates on the city reentry. The Beach Institute Education Award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the field of Education in the Coastal Empire—Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr. is the Managing Partner of Silver and Associates, a full service higher education consulting firm. He has served in several administrative positions throughout his stellar career. Over his career, Dr. Silver has developed the reputation of a transformational and innovative leader with great vision and principled ethics. He has sound strategic planning skills and is championed as a strong academic thinker who is well positioned throughout academia and in the community. Silver’s work is recognized on the regional, national and international levels among Blacks in Higher Education.

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