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The history of the Gullah Geechee culture

Gullah Geechee Heritage Festival 2022.
Historic Coast Culture
Gullah Geechee Heritage Festival 2022.

Today, we delved into the captivating history of the Gullah Geechee culture, uncovering its special ties to the rich tapestry of Florida’s heritage. The Gullah Geechee people trace their roots to descendants of African slaves who were transported to the coastal regions of the southeastern United States, notably spanning from North Carolina to Florida. Originating from West and Central Africa, the Gullah Geechee culture has evolved into a unique and distinctive expression of African American heritage within the enchanting landscapes of the lowcountry region.


  • Saundra Morene, president of the Jacksonville Gullah Geechee Nation Community Development Corp., also a descendant of this historic community. 
  • Derek Hankerson, filmmaker and producer of an annual festival celebrating the community’s history. He traces his lineage to the Gullah Geechee people. 

Financial wellness summit

Within the landscape of financial challenges, bankruptcy emerges as a profound crisis for families, and here in the Middle District of Florida, its prevalence surpasses that of many other regions. Notably, the Middle District stands as the third busiest bankruptcy court among the 90 districts across the nation, covering major cities like Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville. The Military Financial Wellness Summit is essential if you are are looking to enhance your financial knowledge.

If you are interested in attending the summit it will be held on December 9th and you can find more info about it here.


  • Jacob Brown, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District. 

'I Can Smell You from Here'

Celebrating a remarkable three-decade contribution to Jacksonville’s vibrant art and music scene, playwright and musician Jennifer Chase joins us to offer a sneak peek into her upcoming retrospective performance, I Can Smell You from Here.

For information on attending the one-night performance on Nov. 29, check out the details here.

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Kathy Waterman joined WJCT News 89.9 as associate producer after graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in multimedia journalism. She was previously a production intern on the station's talk shows.