SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – As the publisher of one of the nation’s oldest African American-owned weekly newspapers, Shirley James is no stranger to Savannah’s rich Black history.
The now-retired editor of The Savannah Tribune has helped chronicle the stories of African Americans in Savannah, the Coastal Empire and beyond.
Among the many local leadership positions she holds, James is the coordinator of the annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival, a role she’s served for 20 terms.
She’s received countless awards for her services to the community, including the Richard R. Wright Award of Excellence in 2018 from Savannah State University.
James is listed in The HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African Amerian oral history video archive housed in the Library of Congress and serves on the collection’s advisory board.
The Georgetown, South Carolina native is also a strong advocate for voter empowerment and has organized local groups to increase voter registration and education.
James recently sat down with WSAV’s Kim Gusby during Black History Month to share more about her life and work at The Savannah Tribune.