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                                   Sea Islands Heritage: Resonances of                                Africa in Diasporic Communities
                                                                           By Mary A. Twining                                                      
                                   Foreword by Althea Natalga Sumpter                                                                                    DOWNLOAD HERE
As coastal lands become less available in the rush for condo/beach properties, the traditional life of the Sea Islands has become threatened by the pressure to accommodate the tourists, vacationers, and retirees.
The author and the contributors hope to purvey some sense of the contributions of the Gullah Geechee people,
a marginalized group who maintain their cultural knowledge in difficult circumstances. This volume is an attempt to shine a light on some of the history and the culture of the area and its vibrant people, stories, social heritage and more.
                                      Making Gullah: A History of Sapelo 
                                      Islanders, Race, and the American
                                      Imagination          By Melissa L. Cooper
                                   During the 1920s and 1930s, anthropologists
                                   and folklorists became obsessed with
                                   uncovering connections between African
                                   Americans and their African roots. A number of researchers converged on one site in particular, Sapelo Island, Georgia, to seek support for their theories about "African survivals," bringing with them a curious mix of both influences. The legacy of that body of research is the area's contemporary identification as a Gullah community. This wide-ranging history upends a long tradition of scrutinizing the Low Country blacks of Sapelo Island by refocusing the observational lens on those who studied them. Cooper uses a wide variety of sources to unmask the connections between the rise of the social sciences, the voodoo craze during the interwar years, the black studies movement, and black land loss and land struggles in coastal black communities in the Low Country.
Blanche on the Lam (First in a series)
By Barbara Neely
Blanche White lends a refreshing Black, female twist to the mystery tradition, as she turns from domestic worker to insightful--if reluctant--sleuth. A middle-aged housekeeper with a strong sense of humor, Blanche becomes an unlikely yet ingenious sleuth when murder disrupts the wealthy household of her employers.
I love the way Blanche speaks her mind, even if it is just in her head. This is just what you want to hear: how  a Black maid feels about other people.
Barbara Neely  New York Times Obituary
The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission was designated by an act of Congress on October 12, 2006 (Public Law 109-338) through the National Heritage Areas Act of 2006. The Gullah Geechee people and their unique culture are a nationally important story of a complex culture that continues to emerge and is reflected in the lives and experiences of families and organizations within the Gullah Geechee community. The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor extends from Pender County, NC, to St. Johns County, FL, and extends 30 miles inland.

Gullah Geechee Corridor:

Lynching in America
This site features painful stories of America's history or racial injustice. In order to heal the deep wounds of our present, we must face the truth of our past. After slavery was formally abolished, lynching emerged as a vicious tool of racial control to reestablish white supremacy and suppress black civil rights, The effects or racial terror lynchings are still felt today.
Support The National Memorial for Peace and Justice           national-lynching-memorial

Informative Websites

                              Speaking for the Enslaved:                                                   Heritage Interpretation a Antebellum
                              Plantation Sites
                                                                   By  Antoinette T. Jackson
                                  Focusing on the agency of enslaved
                                  Africans and their descendants in the
                                  South, this work argues for the  
                                  systematic unveiling and recovery of subjugated knowledge, histories, and cultural practices of those traditionally silenced and overlooked by national heritage projects and national public memories. Jackson uses both ethnographic and ethnohistorical data to show the various ways African Americans actively created and maintained their own heritage and cultural formations. Viewed through the lens of four distinctive plantation sites―including the one on which that the ancestors of First Lady Michelle Obama lived―everyday acts of living, learning, and surviving profoundly challenge the way American heritage has been constructed and represented.


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Lowcountry Africana is dedicated entirely to records that document the family and cultural heritage of African Americans in the historic rice-growing areas of South Carolina, Georgia and extreme northeastern Florida, an area that scholars and preservationists have identified as a distinct culture area. Lowcountry Africana was developed with a grant from the Magnolia Plantation Foundation of Charleston, South Carolina.

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The Trans-Atlantic and Intra-American slave trade databases are the culmination of several decades of independent and collaborative research by scholars drawing upon data in libraries and archives around the Atlantic world. The new Voyages website itself is the product of three years of development by a multi-disciplinary team of historians, librarians, curriculum specialists, cartographers, computer programmers, and web designers, in consultation with scholars of the slave trade from universities in Europe, Africa, South America, and North America.

                                             SHARING COMMON GROUND:
                                             Promises Unfulfilled but Not  Forgotten.
                                                  By Billy Keyserling with Mike Greenly.
                                             Foreword by Althea Natalga Sumpter
                                                                                                                                                               In a nation riled by deepening divides, racial
                                 tensions, the killings of Black citizens during law enforcement encounters and other examples of societal turmoil, Mayor Billy’s book offers a new approach to helping citizens gain a shared understanding of our value to each other. Billy Keyserling – after serving as a congressional staffer, a member of the SC House of Representatives and for three highly acclaimed terms as mayor of Beaufort, SC – has decided not to run for office again. Instead, he’ll do his utmost to make a positive difference for society in a new way ... via this book.