BCSD to Host Inaugural Conference on Teaching African American History

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BEAUFORT, SC (WSAV) – The Beaufort County School District (BCSD) is offering a three-day opportunity for students and adults to learn about the history of the Lowcountry and the people who helped shape it.

The district hosts its first conference on teaching African American history. The event spans three days and will showcase Gullah Geechee art, history, music and culture all in one place.

The aim is to enable people of all ages to understand the region and the rich and diverse history by going beyond just a classroom.

“More than likely, if you are an African American in this region, you are Gullah Geechee and have these beautiful roots and traditions and we are here for you,” said Victoria Smalls, executive director of the Gullah Geechee Corridor Commission.

Gullah educator and expert Aunt Pearlie Sue is one of many speakers who will be at the conference.

“Kids are more interested and easier to teach than people our age because people my age have learned all these negative things. So we have to unlearn all these negative things before we appreciate the value of this culture,” explained Aunt Pearlie Sue.

The conference, co-sponsored by the University of South Carolina at Beaufort, the Technical College of the Lowcountry and the Penn Center, will be held Feb. 18-20 at various Lowcountry locations.

For a calendar of events and locations, visit the BCSD website here.

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