The African American Odyssey of John Kizell (with foreword by Joseph Opala) illustrates the life of Kizell, a West African enslaved in South Carolina that escaped and fought on the side of the British during the Revolutionary War. At the end of the war, Kizell was evacuated to Nova Scotia and later joined a pilgrimage of nearly twelve hundred former slaves to the new British settlement for free blacks in Sierra Leone. He spent decades battling European and African slave traders along the coast and urging his people to stop selling their own into foreign bondage. This in-depth biography–based in part on Kizell’s own writings–illuminates the links between South Carolina and West Africa during the Atlantic slave trade’s peak decades. Kizell also played a controversial role in the settlement of American blacks in what later became Liberia.
Kevin G. Lowther has written on African issues for the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and other publications. He also served as a Peace Corps teacher in Sierra Leone from 1963-1965. Lowther managed Africare’s work in Southern Africa for approximately 30 years.
On November 7, 2012, journalist Kevin Lowther will discuss The African American Odyssey of John Kizell from 7-8 pm at the Tate Center, Room 131, at the College of Charleston.
Contact: Michael Allen, NPS Community Partnership Specialist
Phone number: (843) 881-5516 X 12
Date: October 22, 2012
Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission to Meet in Georgia
The four-state Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission will hold its fourth 2012 quarterly meeting on November 9 in Kingsland , GA. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m., at O. F. Edwards North Center Complex, 531 North Lee St . The public is invited.
Highlights will include updates on the Commission’s Public Comment Report for the recently released Management Plan; preparation to begin program implementation and receiving and reviewing submissions of Partnership, Partner Site, and Stakeholder applications; executive staff; and establishment of a fiscal arm.
“The management plan has been submitted to the National Park Service for review, with the expectation that in the coming weeks it will be forwarded to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior for approval,” said Chairman Ronald Daise. “With hopes that the Management Plan will be approved, the Commission is working diligently to ensure we will be able to implement the initial, mid-term, and long-range actions that have been identified. Effective partnerships and financial donations will be the key to the Corridor’s ultimate success.”
Comments from the Management Plan’s Public Comment Period, July 18 – August 17, 2012, are posted on the Corridor’s website, www.gullahgeecheecorridor.org,
For more information about the Corridor, contact Michael Allen, NPS Community Partnership Specialist, at 843-881-5516, x12 or visit the Corridor’s website.