GULLAH ROOTS Screening and Community Discussion

Saturday, October 23, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm
Lib Jackson Student Union Theatre, 100 Spadoni Park Circle, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC 29526

The Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies, South Carolina ETV and the ETV Endowment invite you to join us for a screening of Gullah Roots, followed by a panel discussion and community forum.

Part of SCETV’s Carolina Stories series, Gullah Roots follows a group of Gullah ambassadors on a journey to Sierra Leone in 2019. The film dives deep into South Carolina’s ties with West Africa, educating viewers about Gullah heritage, including spiritual, musical and artistic traditions. Victoria Smalls and Veronica Gerald, among other travelers, will discuss their impressions with the film’s director, Betsy Newman, and will invite guests to reflect on Gullah contributions to the coastal economy.

Following Coastal Carolina's Covid safety protocols, all attendees must wear masks while inside the building. Light refreshments will be served outside following the screening.  Space is limited so advanced registration in recommended.


Highlighting the contributions of enslaved Africans to the building of America, the film documents the travelers and the connections they experienced between Gullah Geechee culture and West African traditions. In follow-up interviews they share the ways in which the homecoming will inform their work in preserving and promoting Gullah Geechee culture going forward. Among those who appear in the film are Anita Singleton Prather and the Gullah Kinfolk, Ron and Natalie Daise, and Victoria Smalls. GULLAH ROOTS continues the story that was documented in three previous films about the connections between the Gullah Geechee and Sierra Leone: Family Across the Sea, The Language You Cry In, and Priscilla's Legacy. Producers: Betsy Newman and Xavier Blake.

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