Learn about Gullah Geechee Culture

by Nov 2, 2023History, Online Exclusives, Southport Oak Island

Ron Daise will speak on the topic at the Kiwanis Scholarship Fundraiser on November 14.

Ron Daise, a 1990s television personality and a renowned expert on the Gullah Geechee culture, will share his knowledge on the topic at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 14 at the St. James Community Center. Kiwanis Club of Southport-Oak Island is sponsoring his appearance.

The Gullah Geechee traditionally resided in the coastal areas and sea islands of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Descendants of Africans who were enslaved on the rice, indigo and cotton plantations of the lower Atlantic coast, they created a unique culture known for distinctive arts, crafts, foods, music and language, the latter of which has influenced traditional Southern vocabulary and speech patterns.

Daise appeared in the 1990s award-winning children’s television series “Gullah Gullah Island,” which taught young people about the Gullah culture. He is an author, performing artist and educator known for the entertaining way he shares stories, music and faith with his audiences.

Ron Daise Gullah Geechee

Daise served almost 20 years as vice president for Creative Education at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, where he created and implemented programs, events and exhibits that showcased the significance of Gullah Geechee heritage. He is a former chairman of the federal Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Governor’s Distinctive Achievement Award of South Carolina.

Tickets for Daise’ appearance can be purchased online at SOIkiwanis.com (look for the blue 2023 Special Events Series button at the top of any page) or by contacting Peter Berg at petewberg@gmail.com. All money raised from this and the previous events in the series will be used to fund college scholarships for deserving Brunswick County students.

The Kiwanis Club of Southport-Oak Island is dedicated to serving the children of Brunswick County through service, education, guidance and leadership.

The club supports numerous programs in the county’s elementary, middle and high schools designed to instill a life-long commitment to service among students of all ages and to develop the skills necessary to become community leaders. Visit SOIKiwanis.com for more information.

Want to go?
Gullah Geechee Culture with Ron Daise
Tuesday, November 14, 7 pm
St. James Community Center, 4136 Southport Supply Road SE, Southport
Tickets: SOIkiwanis.com (look for the blue 2023 Special Events Series button at the top of any page) or email Peter Berg at petewberg@gmail.com.
More information: SOIkiwanis.com