Gullah & Garifuna: Black Cultures in the Americas
The Gullah (or Geechee) are a distinctive group of African Americans, traditionally residing in the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia, that have maintained connections with their African heritage. The Garifuna (or Garinagu), formerly called Black Caribs, are a mixture of people indigenous to the Caribbean and the Africans that arrived in the area, who now reside in Central America. Both of these groups have retained their language, history, and culture, never losing sight of their distinctive identities. Jacquelyn Benton, Professor of African & African American Studies at Metropolitan State College of Denver, will provide insight into both of these cultures, utilizing film and her firsthand experiences with both groups.