The Ancestors Return: Three Gullah Homecomings to Sierra Leone

Oct 05, 2017
06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Professor Joseph Opala

The Gullah people of coastal South Carolina and Georgia have retained more African cultural heritage than any other black community in the U.S.  Professor Joseph Opala has shown that many of the Gullahs’ ancestors were brought from Sierra Leone, and over the past 30 years he has organized three “Gullah Homecomings” to Sierra Leone, each involving Gullah people with provable connections to that country.  Opala will describe the historical links that led to these homecomings, and the responses of Gullahs and Sierra Leoneans as they confronted their common heritage.  He argues that “homecomings” of this sort can be valuable research tools for uncovering information on the African diaspora.

Professor Opala's visit is sponsored by the PSU African Studies Program, and co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies.

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