SSUNAA Washington DC Chapter celebrates 60th Anniversary

LARGO, Md. — SSUNAA Washington DC Chapter President Zelmar Gordon presents a scholarship donation on behalf of the chapter to Dr. Cheryl Davenport Dozier, President of Savannah State University.

LARGO, Md. — Members of the Savannah State University National Alumni Association Washington, DC Chapter marked the chapter’s 60th anniversary with a celebration banquet on October 13.

During the event, the chapter honored James O. Thomas, Jr., Raymond Knight, and William N. Weston who were all original founders of the chapter in 1967 and Eloise Alston, an honorary chapter founder. The keynote speaker was Jimmie Jackson, a former national president of the SSUNAA and the Savannah State University Foundation. The chapter also presented a special scholarship presentation to Cheryl Davenport-Dozier, the 13th president of Savannah State University.

DC Chapter Installation Ceremony
WASHINGTON — Members of the SSUNAA Washington DC Chapter during the chapter’s installation of officers ceremony in 1957. Photo provided by W. Robinson from the SSUNAA Washington DC Chapter archives.

The SSUNAA Washington, DC Chapter was officially established on November 10, 1957 and was the first SSUNAA chapter organized outside of the state of Georgia. The chapter currently serves the Savannah State University community in Washington, DC, northern Virginia, and southern Maryland and participates in a variety of support, networking, athletic, and family-friendly events and activities throughout the year.

For additional information and to see photos from the event, visit the chapter’s website at