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October 24, 2020
1:00 PM - 2:30 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 24, 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.

The Dehumanization of Africans in America and Jim Crow: The poem "America" addresses the long history of race in America and "Jim Crow" discusses how government institutionalized inequality. Historian Damon Fordham will explore how many white people reconciled the conflict slavery and Jim Crow presented to a democracy where all are purported to be equal, and how many whites convinced themselves African people were sub-human to justify enslavement and later subjection to second-class citizenship.

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