Ms Jacquelyn E BentonAfrican American Studies
CAMPUS BOX 017
I facilitate the Byron & Christine Johnson Lecture/Discussion Series, a community forum for the discussion of racial and cultural issues. However, the community lecture series is also an off-campus course for Metro students offered through the Department of African & African American Studies.
I have been studying the Gullah-Geechee people for several years. They comprise a distinctive segment of the African American community in that their ancestors were brought to the United States because of their knowledge of rice cultivation--a definite interest of planters in South Carolina and Georgia during the slave era, but an area in which they had no expertise.
In March 2008, I gave a presentation at the annual conference of the National Council for Black Studies, which took place in Atlanta, Georgia. The presentation was entitled, "The Water Brought Us," and highlighted the Gullah Studies Institute that took place on the Auraria campus in June 2006.
Reading Black Literature is a personal interest of mine, which has translated into my teaching as well. I also have a serious interest in Black Genealogy, which has taken me back to Arkansas and Alabama to trace my family's roots. I also had the MatriClan analysis done through African Ancestry, which traced my maternal roots to four countries in West Africa. Since one of them was Sierra Leone, which has direct connections to Gullah/Geechee people, I have wondered if my interest in Gullah/Geechee history and culture is a result of chance or an ancestral memory.
Recently, I have become quite interested in looking at the Transatlantic Slave Trade from the other side of the ocean. This interest was ignited by Dr. Teresa Unseld, a former colleague here at Metro, and she and I had explored the possibility of offering a course called "London & the Transatlantic Slave Trade," which would take students to London. She and I took two trips to London together in preparation for the course; however, Dr. Unseld is no longer teaching at Metro, so the course is on hold at the moment. If it comes to fruition, it will be museum-based, the focus centering around a permanent gallery on slavery called "London, Sugar, & Slavery," which is at the Museum of London Docklands.
[08:30 to 01:30]
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