Hundreds of elegantly attired ladies, (and a few men), entered the halls of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy on Sunday, Oct. 6th for an especially entertaining afternoon open to the entire community. The “Silver Tea” affair was a benefit for the ongoing operation of one of the pioneer Christian-based schools in the city offering a superior academic experience to students in the Southwest Atlanta area.
The highly anticipated event afforded an opportunity to revisit the Victorian tradition of tea time in grand style. An array of beautiful hats and elegantly festive attire formed the backdrop for a most delightful afternoon, complete with scrumptious pastries, delicious sandwiches, delectable fruit, and exquisitely brewed teas.
Committed to education and enlightenment, the academy-sponsored event featured a special “twist” or “hybrid” gala as it highlighted some of the lesser known traditions of tea time in the Motherland and its influence upon African American culture including the establishment of African American Tea Rooms as early as the 1920’s. Several hundred guests were entertained by dramatist Renee Clark and musical artist, Shamora. Beautifully clad women relished the occasion to “walk the red carpet” in a display of extraordinarily fashionable hats and headpieces.
SACA has successfully touched the lives of thousands of students who now live and work around the world. They bring tremendous credit and honor to the City of Atlanta and the school’s academic accomplishments. In addition to high academic standards, of which the school is most proud, the institution is also the Alma Mater to celebrity greats such as NBA star, Dwight D. Howard, II and CeeLo Green of “The Voice.”
The event rivaled any such activity of its type in the city and once again illustrated that “no one does it like SW Atlanta!”
Pastor Thompson serves as Founder of this recognized Christian education institution. Sister Geraldine Thompson serves as Headmistress Emeritus and Dr. Patrice Francis serves as Head of School.