Attorney Willie E. Gary Delivers Keynote Address during the Fort Valley State University Black History Month Scholarship Luncheon “Celebrating 25 Years of Giving”
Fort Valley, GA – Willie Gary recently served as the keynote speaker at the Fort Valley State University (FVSU) Black History Month Scholarship Luncheon: Celebrating 25 Years of Giving, in Fort Valley, Georgia. Many came from near and far to honor the accomplishments of African American leaders and trailblazers, and to raise funds to ensure that future scholars receive a quality education. Those in attendance included Congressman Sanford Bishop, Jr., State Representative Calvin Smyre, FVSU administration, faculty and staff, elected officials, business leaders and clergy. The breakfast was hosted by Congressman Sanford Bishop, Jr. and State Representative Calvin Smyre.
Gary addressed an audience of nearly 1,000 during the Black History Month luncheon entitled “25 Years: Reflecting on the Joy of Giving.” Gary motivated the audience to overcome obstacles and to succeed against what may seem like insurmountable odds. In addition, he challenged the audience to become active in their respective communities through service and mentoring opportunities. He encouraged the attendees to support students at Fort Valley State University by lending their time, talent and resources.
“Many great men and women have made significant sacrifices and fought for civil rights. Today we celebrate those leaders and legends who have paved the way,” said Gary. “Thanks to their perseverance, the opportunities our grandparents only dreamed of having are accessible to all Americans,” continued Gary.
Gary, who is best known in legal circles as “The Giant Killer,” is noted for taking on some of America’s most powerful companies–winning billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. Known for his philanthropic endeavors, he and his wife, Gloria Gary, founded The Gary Foundation, which provides college scholarships to at-risk students who wish to attend college. The Gary’s have donated millions of dollars to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities – including $10 million pledge to their alma mater, Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.