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October 10, 2020
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
McLeod Plantation Historic Site
McLeod Plantation Historic Site
325 Country Club Drive

Charleston, SC 29412
Free, no registration required. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event can accommodate 50 guests.
Enslaved homes at McLeod Plantation Historic Site
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Ukweli: Searching for Healing Truth

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Ukweli is Swahili for "Truth," and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Committee identified four truths: forensic, personal, social, and healing. Our poetry, lecture, and dialogue series seeks healing truth as poet and writer Horace Mungin reads his poetry in a place created to enslave his ancestors. The reading will be followed by black scholars and authors who contextualize the poems. Radio host Osei Chandler moderates discussions around Black perspectives of history that are often minimalized at historic sites and museums.

Black Women in History: The poem "Ain't I a Woman" borrows its title from Sojourner Truth's famous 1855 speech. Black women are often portrayed as assisting Black men in directing the struggle for emancipation and equality, however, history reveals black women as leaders in the black liberation struggle. Dr. Karen Meadows shows how women did not need to be convinced to aid men in the struggle, rather, they initiated resistance on their own.

Ukweli: Searching for Healing Truth is made possible by the Charleston County Parks Foundation and the generous support of The Joanna Foundation.