Public Scholars Project

How the Gullah Retain their Roots

February 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM | New Egypt, NJ | Ocean County Library, Plumsted Branch
How have the Gullah/Geechee, a population of African Americans in South Carolina and Georgia, held tight to their African cultural roots beyond other African Americans in the US? This distinction results from the preservation of the folklore and oral traditions by the Gullah. Through an examination of music and selected texts, participants will discuss their impression of “Gullah” and “Geechee” and the folklore, values, and ideals associated with them. Moreover, the challenges and rewards of preserving traditional cultures, in general, will be explored.

Ada McKenzie Thomas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of World Literature at Bloomfield College
Ocean County Library, Plumsted Branch
119 Evergreen Rd
New Egypt, NJ