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SOBU Continues to Support SGSC Students

Posted on May 17, 2019

On Saturday, April 27, members of the Student Organization for Black Unity, known as SOBU, returned to South Georgia State College’s campus for an alumni reunion. This group of attendees were students at the former South Georgia College between the years of 1971-1980.

During the day on Saturday, the alumni enjoyed a tour of SGSC’s campus. Many of them had not seen the campus in decades, and were impressed by the residence halls, dining hall, and renovated Engram Hall, which served as their student union while they went to SGC.

Saturday evening, the group gathered in the Alumni House for a dinner and guest speaker, Dr. Oscar Street. Dr. Street is the first African-American graduate of South Georgia State College, and is close friends with several members of the club. Dr. Street, now retired from the education field, led an extremely successful career in the Douglas area and is a very well-respected member of the local community.

For the past ten years, SOBU members have funded a scholarship to sponsor a student at South Georgia State College. They are dedicated to helping students have a positive educational experience at SGSC, much like they did themselves. The members of the group, who now have careers, spouses, children, and even grandchildren, have never forgotten that their friendships began in Douglas, Georgia, and they love coming back to their alma mater.

Ms. Walda Kight, SGSC Vice President for Institutional Advancement, states, “SGSC is so fortunate to have supporters like our SOBU alumni who understand how lives are transformed by education. Their past support has positively impacted several students already, and we look forward to the benefits this gift will bring to our future recipient.