Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission Director Speaks at Exchange Club

Dr. J. Herman Blake, Director of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, spoke at the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Chapter’s dinner meeting on Wednesday, August 3rd, at Turtle Point Golf Club on Kiawah Island.

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Dr. Moore (Dr. Blake’s wife), Pres. Larry Blasch, Dr. Blake, and Past Pres. Mike Todd

Dr. Blake explained that the corridor, a 12,000 square mile area along the southeastern coast of the United States, is home to a unique culture created by enslaved Africans brought to America from West and Central Africa and continued by their descendents today. The Corridor was designated by an act of Congress in 2006. It stretches from counties of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida and recognizes the important contributions made by  these African Americans.

The inspiring impact of Esau Jenkins, Septima Clark, Alice Wine and Myles Horton, local civil rights activists of the early 1900’s was highlighted in Dr. Blake’s remarks.

As founding Director of the Sea Islands Institute at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, Dr. Blake continues his Sea Island Research Project studying and documenting the language, traditions, crafts, education and spirituality of this distinctive Gullah Geechee Culture.

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Lori Leary

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