The Gullah Geechee Programs in January 2020 will be presentations by two authors, followed by book signings.
On January 22, Tracy Swinton Bailey, Ph.D., of Myrtle Beach, will discuss her novel, Riverside Blues, A Gullah Tale. The book chronicles how protagonist, Mabeline – born "absent of all God's favor" but destined by the ancestors to "cross over" – travels from her Gullah roots in post-Jim Crow/pre-integration rural South Carolina on a journey of discovery through the 1950s and 60s American South. Baily is Founder/CEO of Freedom Readers.
On January 29, Ade Ofunniyin, Ph.D., of Charleston, will discuss his memoir, DNA: Die Not Another, which details his navigation throughout life, having been born with the gift of clairvoyance. “Dr. O” is the grandson of legendary Charleston Blacksmith, Philip Simmons, and Founder/CEO of Gullah Society.
No Gullah program will be on January 1, 8, or 15.
February 19 and continuing through spring, Ron Daise will be presenting:
Talkin Bout a Good Time, Ring Shouts and Praise Houses
An interactive lecture presentation by Ron Daise, Talkin Bout a Good Time, Ring Shouts and Praise Houses, informs about the history and importance of two cultural touchstones of Lowcountry Gullah Geechee communities. Participants engage in sing-alongs and respond to fill-in-the-blank options. They also will leave with an understanding of how the two cultural practices connect with other communities of the African Diaspora.