Monday, February 16, 2009

A Gullah Geechee Gathering on UWG Campus February 16

The University of West Georgia and the Office of Minority Affairs will present a Gullah Geechee Gathering on Monday, Feb. 16, at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. The event is free and the community is invited to attend.

Jim and Pat Bacote, historians and cultural preservationists, and the Geechee Kunda team will enlighten the audience with an exciting understanding of the Gullah culture, dialect and traditions.

The Gullah/Geechee of the Southeast coast, descendents of West Africa, have a unique culture, language, arts and rituals that have been maintained for centuries. They have a remarkable story to tell.

Isolated on island communities from southern North Carolina to northern Florida, the Gullah Geechee are known for a strong sense of community built on extended family units and for living off the land and water.

They have remained deeply connected to the roots of African culture that include its colorful art, crafts, foods and religious rituals and speak a distinct Creole language.

An educational exhibit will be open for viewing at the Campus Center from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A show packed with the music and the colorful art of the Gullah will be performed by the Kunda team at 7 p.m. For more information, call 678-839-5400.

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