Health System to Host Black History Month Program in Brunswick & St. Marys

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Feb. 10, 2011 – Geechee Kunda, the Gullah Geechee Center of America, will be presenting a Black History Month Program at Southeast Georgia Health System in celebration of Black History Month. This program will be presented on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 5:30 p.m. in the Activities Room at the Senior Care Center-St. Marys, 805 Dilworth St. It will be presented a second time on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in the Linda S. Pinson Conference Center on the Brunswick Campus, 2415 Parkwood Drive.

The Gullah Geechee Center is located in rural Liberty County, Georgia. Geechee refers to the African-based culture in Coastal Georgia and the people who live there. Kunda means “compound” and “home of hope” and is located on lands where a rice, cotton and indigo producing plantation once stood. Members of Geechee Kunda share the history of the Gullah Geechee people and keep their traditions alive. The presenters for the Health System program are Dr. A. Jamal Toure' (the African Spirit), a resident scholar at Geechee Kunda, and an internationally renowned living history performer. Sistah Bithiah, a musician, storyteller and actress will round out the program with a theatrical presentation. A local cultural history exhibit featuring, storyboards, relics, implements and crafts from Geechee Kunda's traveling exhibit which opened at Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences (a Smithsonian affiliate) and has been featured at the Sea Island Festival and Sapelo Culture Day, will be on display.

The program is free and open to the public. To find out about other events at the Health System, visit sghs.com.