The Atlantic Beach Gullah Geechee Cultural and Nature Festival

September 7, 2024

 

Celebrating our Heritage

Event Mission

The Culture and Nature Festival highlights and celebrates the historical relevance, Gullah Geechee values of resilience, self-sufficiency, and tenacity of Atlantic Beach. The festival will include a full lineup of events of authors, storytellers, dance performances, music, evening receptions, and arts and crafts. This year, the festival will host its first parade featuring dance and fashion from 1930 to the 1970s.

Festival Information

Saturday, September 7, 2024

More Information to Come 

 

Featured Speakers

Ron Daise

Ron Daise is an internationally renowned performer, storyteller, and cultural preservationist. Throughout the festival, he will be sharing selections from his most recent Geechee Literature Series. 

 

Cecil Williams

Famed photographer and founder of South Carolina Civil Right Museum, Cecil Williams captured some of the most iconic images of the Civil Rights movement as a photographer for JET MAgazine. During our Friday Meet and Greet, Williams will give a presentation on his work.

Sunn M'Cheaux

Sunn m’Cheaux was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and is now an in-demand Afro-Caribbean creole lecturer who has worked with a wide range of institutions, companies, and organizations. Sunn is Harvard University’s first and only Gullah language course instructor, teaching a course curriculum that he founded. Since Sunn’s 2017 arrival, Harvard has accepted Gullah as a required language in its doctoral programs.

Motown Review
Asher Theatre

Image of Group in front of Atlantic Beach

Friday Evening
Meet and Greet

Photo Booth 
Arts and Crafts

SPONSORS

this event is generously supported by

Pearl Sponsors ($10,000)

Gold Sponsors ($5,000)

Elliott Realty Charitable Community Fund

Silver Sponsors ($1,000+)

Crazy Horse Saloon
North Myrtle Beach

Daniel Gaskins

Partner Sponsors ($500)

Columbia District AME Church

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Music and Beach Sponsors ($100+)

Irene Lum Cheong, Gregory Mallette, Jamillah Mubark, Margene Willis, Zenobia Harper, Fair Fashions and Formal Wear LLC, Kings Famous Pizza and Pasta, Debra N. Jones, North Myrtle Beach Historic Club, James J. Fairley, Hair Mart, Mrs. Ruby Gibbs, Wilbert Thomas, Maxine Vereen, Karen L. Mott, Eugenia Merchant, Marjorie McIver, AME Church – Columbia District (Rosalyn Coleman), Jerry Harper, Gloria Cooper, Sylvia Hickman, Lari Roper, Marlo Frazier, Joella McQueen, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Atty. Angela Graham McIver & Dr. Winston D. McIver, Jr, McIver & Graham Attorneys-at-Law, Waccamaw Primary Care (Dr. Winston D. McIver), Utocqua & Othelle Grissett, John David, James Roberts, Ida Nero, Travis Overton, Ron and Natalie Daise, Dr. Cindy and Frank, Mary Washburn, Mildred Welch, John David, James Roberts

Other Supporters

Friends of Pearl, Carolyn Hickman, Young Beauty Fashion
Dr. Eugenia Merchant, JV and Karen Mott, Valerie Bannister, 

CELEBRATE WITH US

 Festival Line Up

Friday, June 23

5pm - 8 pm

Opening Meet & Greet
Featuring
RON DAISE

Reading and Book Signing
and

CECIL WILLIAMS

Talk and Presentation


JAMES STEVENS III

Host

8 - 10 PM

Young Professionals Mixer
Ms. Brenda’s Tiki Bar

Saturday, June 24

10 am - 10 pm

PARADE

RON DAISE 
“Gullah Tings fa Tink Bout”
songs, poetry, and information about the importance of Gullah Geechee culture and heritage
.

SUNN M’CHEAUX
Gullah language discussion and demonstration

POETRY READINGS
The Village Group and the Summer Literacy Group, two K-12 summer programs that focus on building cultural pride and literacy, will present the results of their workshop on Sam Cooke’s  “A Change is Gonna Come.” 

BOOK READINGS
Jacque Williams of Passage Products will present her children’s books.
Damon Fordham will read from his books and novel.

MOTOWN REVIEW
Asher Theatre ensemble will perform the greatest hits in the home of the shag.

Sunday, June 25

10 am - 2 pm

FBEACHFRONT SERVICE


QUEEN QUET
Gullah Preservationist and Activist

MARILYN HEMMINGWAY
Founder, Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce

Get Involved

Email us at: info@AtlanticBeachSCGullahGeechee.org