Alfred Ely Beach High School was founded in 1867 as one of the first schools in Georgia created after the American Civil War for the education of freed slaves. In addition, it is only one of such schools that are still in operation today. Through many tests and trials, the school has managed to survive and produce many generations of academically and athletically astute individuals who have made great contributions to their city of origin, Savannah, the state of Georgia, the United States, and abroad.
During this Black History month, a salute is given to the distinguished alumni of Alfred Ely Beach High School. Some of those alumni are: James E. Wright, World War II flight instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen; Robert S. Abbott, Publisher and Founder of the Chicago Defender newspaper; Regina Thomas, former Georgia State Senator; Edna Jackson, current Mayor of the city of Savannah, GA; Dr. David Hall, President of the University of the Virgin Islands; Mervin “The Magician” Jackson, American Basketball Association All-Star; and Larry “Gator” Rivers, legendary Harlem Globetrotter. These individuals and many other alumni have helped to color this wonderful fabric of history.
One of the major accomplishments that was recognized around the United States was when Beach’s men basketball team won the historic, first integrated State basketball championship in Georgia, in 1967. It was such a historic event that Sports Illustrated wrote an article about Beach’s championship win called “Black Supremacy.” In addition to Beach’s history of athletic prowess, Beach’s alumni exhibited a tradition of academic excellence. During many of the film’s interviews, Miller Bargeron, the film’s director and producer, stated, “Most of the alumni I interviewed made reference to the academic excellence that was instilled in them by the faculty and staff. Many of them made reference to the alumni who graduated before them and how they stood on their shoulders. They felt failure was not an option.”
This film project began in February 2012 and has become a massive undertaking due to the extensive history of Alfred Ely Beach High School. As a result, We Came To Conquer Entertainment, LLC (WCTC), the production company behind the project, has partnered with Kingdom Culture Ministries, Inc., a non-profit, Fiscal Sponsor, to advance the production of the film. Through this partnership, all funds donated to the production of the film will be tax deductible. Therefore, Miller Bargeron, Larry “Gator” Rivers, the film’s executive producer, and WCTC are soliciting donations from anyone who wants to see this great story in black history told. No contribution is too small and all donors will be listed in the film’s closing credits. Donations to the film can be made online at http://www.kingdomcministries.org/
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