Saundra Morene, Veronica Gerald, and Anthony E. Dixon present Gullah Geechee communities of northeast Florida and discuss Jacksonville as a cosmopolitan Afro-creole urban center.
Saundra Morene is part of Gullah Geechee Nation and the President of the Jacksonville Gullah Geechee Nation Community Development Corporation.
Anthony E. Dixon, originally from Fort Valley, Georgia, is the author of Florida’s Negro War: Black Seminoles and the Second Seminole War (2014), among other works. He has a Ph.D. in History from Indiana University and teaches in the History Department at Florida A & M University. Professor Dixon also serves as Field Director for the Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network.
Veronica Gerald served as the Founding Director of the Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies at Coastal Carolina University. She has won awards and support for her work from many universities, including USC, Emory, Coastal Carolina, and others.
About The Justice Sessions: As people everywhere confront injustice, Duval faces its own limiting legacies. James Weldon Johnson, Zora Neale Hurston, and Toni Morrison all noted what Johnson called “the shame of this city.” But Jacksonville remains a place with incredible cross-cultural history and untapped potential. To move past our anxieties and divisiveness, we must look ourselves in the mirror, study what we see across time, and affirm with fresh feeling and knowledge that black lives matter. Thus, “The Justice Sessions,” steps toward respect in Bold City.