Downing of a Flag

About our sponsorship

Juwan Ayers: Answering opportunity with action

Synovus is proud to sponsor the Downing of a Flag documentary on public television. Our message running before and after the film features one of our team members, Juwan Ayers. Like all our team members, Juwan’s path to Synovus is an interesting one, and we’re proud to have him representing us in this important sponsorship.

Learn more about Juwan

Continuing the conversation

At Synovus, we rely on team members like Juwan and Chuck to foster the dialogue that moves communities forward. Since our journey requires more discussion than one conference room can hold, we’re committed to creating new spaces where individuals can listen and learn. Two examples of this commitment are our support of the forthcoming International African American Museum in Charleston, SC, and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

  • Currently under construction on the former site of Gadsden’s Wharf, the mission of the International African American Museum is, in the words of Chief Operating Officer Elijah Heyward III, “to preserve an often underappreciated part of American history to ensure that all Americans can learn about the excellence that continues to define our society.” Synovus is honored to play a role in creating a space where differing views can be explored with compassion and dignity.
  • While historic places can speak to us, improving our society requires us to listen to each other. Discussion of our most ingrained differences must start from an agreed-upon body of knowledge. In 2020, Synovus made a $1 million pledge to the UNCF. The commitment includes funding scholarships named after Calvin Smyre, a longtime Georgia legislator and retired Synovus executive. The scholarships will provide financial aid to African American students in the five states Synovus serves, especially those who choose to attend a historically black college or university.

These steps are just two expressions of our belief that, when we are bold enough to widen our view, we can narrow any divide between us.


Synovus is proud to support the public television documentary, Downing of a Flag. Learn more about our sponsorship, Synovus team member Juwan Ayers, and how Synovus is committed to keeping the conversation going.