Health System to Host Black History Month Art Exhibition and Celebration

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Feb. 9, 2010 – In recognition of Black History Month and the extraordinary accomplishments of African Americans who helped change the social and political landscape of America, Southeast Georgia Health System invites the public to a month-long art exhibition and a special Black History Month Celebration.

Through March 2, the Health System is hosting an art exhibit, “Now & Then” by artist S.A.(Shirley) Hunter, in the Outpatient Care Center, 2500 Starling St. The exhibition is open Mondays-Fridays, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Health System is also hosting a Black History Month Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Brunswick Campus, 2415 Parkwood Drive. This special event, featuring The Temple of Truth Theatre of Voices and local author Michelle Johnson, will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Linda S. Pinson Conference Center.

The Temple of Truth Theatre of Voices is group of young people, ranging in age from eight to 13, who recite and present poetry, which reflects both culture and history at festivals, cultural centers, elementary schools, and churches. They have performed at numerous venues including the Ritz Theatre and College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Epworth by the Sea on St. Simons Island, the Apex Museum and Jimi King Gallery in Atlanta, and tributes to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 2009, they performed for the Black History Month Celebration at the Health System’s Senior Care Center-St. Marys. The group has received many recognitions, including winning first place in the East End Talent Youth Competition of the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities in Eatonville, Florida. Eatonville is one of the first incorporated African American municipalities, and hometown of writer, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, whose best-known work is the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Johnson, a native of Charlotte, N.C., lives on Sapelo Island in Hog Hammock, the last intact, island-based Geechee-Gullah community in Georgia and is the author of Sapelo Island’s Hog Hammock. She is a graduate of Stanton College Preparatory School in Jacksonville, Fla., and the University of Florida in Gainesville. She has won a national journalism award and several state and local awards for her column writing for The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. She is also a former assistant features editor at The Greenville News in South Carolina, and former arts editor for The Charlotte Observer in North Carolina. She is currently the manager of the Hog Hammock Public Library on Sapelo Island, and the community relations coordinator for the Three Rivers Regional Library System, based in Brunswick. Johnson will discuss her book research and share stories of Sapelo and Hog Hammock. Following her talk, she will sign copies of her book, which will be available for sale. Light refreshments will be served at the celebration and both this event and the exhibition are free of charge and open to the public. For more information about the exhibition, celebration, or any other Health System events, classes, or seminars, visit the online calendar at www.sghs.com.