A Savannah State College majorette performs during the 1983 Homecoming Game. SSC changed its name to Savannah State University in the late 1990s. Located in Savannah, Georgia, it is one of 107 HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) in the United States.
This photo was featured along with the image below in the 1984 Tiger, the SSC’s yearbook. We have not been able to identify the majorette by name.
The Savannah State Univeristy Powerhouse of the South Marching Band no longer features baton twirlers. Their auxiliaries including a danceline and color guard. One reason Olivia Lynch founded Black Baton Twirlers Network was to ensure twirling remained part of the HBCU performance genre. The nonprofit also exists to “promote a spirit of community, inclusion, and the celebration of Black baton twirlers.”
About Savannah State College (University)
Savannah State University (SSU) is Georgia’s first public historically black college or university. Also, it is the first institution of higher learning in Savannah. The school was established in 1890 as a result of the Second Morrill Land Grant Act. The earliest record we could find of baton twirling majorettes at the college is the following image from the 1949 Tiger yearbook. We tweaked the photo to remove the page texture.
Photos published with the CC License 3.0; Savannah State University Archives; Tiger Yearbook, 1984, 1949.
Click here to visit our section on Black Majorettes and Twirlers.