Savannah State University is a four-year, state-supported school located in Savannah, Georgia. The school reigns as the oldest public HBCU in Georgia. Founded in 1890, Savannah State University was originally named Georgia State Industrial College for Colored youth. The college became a full-time degree-granting institution in 1928, changing its name to Georgia State College four years later. The school was renamed Savannah State University in 1996. In the early 21st Century, the university helped develop local small business development programs to assist in the economic development of the local community and train students. Today, the school maintains exchange programs in China and Ghana. During the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the campus was a center of activity.
Notable Alumni Include: James E. Wright, flight instructor for the WWII Tuskegee Airmen; Edna P. Jackson, Mayor of Savannah, Georgia; and civil rights leader, W.W. Law.