Summer vacation might be over, but fall breaks are just starting. You might have a day or two off or a long weekend coming up over the next few weeks. Rather than letting the autumn rain keep you at home, why don’t you try out a couple of these events or activities in the spirit of Jubilee?
Vertamae Grosvenor has released three cookbooks focused on African and Gullah-inspired recipes, was a long-tim contributor and host on NPR, and has written for publications such as Essence, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Grosvenor uses food to reveal Gullah/Geechee culture and history, a veritable melting pot of culinary anthropology. So have your own Julie & Julia moment: invite a friend over and try some of Grosvenor’s recipes for yourself and learn more about the many Gullah/Geechee traditions!
While you may not expect much from Hollywood (and who could blame you?), you might want to spend an afternoon checking out Steve McQueen’s latest film, Twelve Years A Slave. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, and Michael Fassbender, the film brings to life the true story of Solomon Northup, a freedman who was sold into slavery. For more information, watch the trailer here. The film does not shy away from the brutally violent nature of slavery and Ejiofor and Fassbender’s intense performances command the screen. This film promises to present a sharp look at slavery in America.
If you cannot wait until October 18th to find out about Solomon Northup or you would like to read his story in his own words, you can check out his memoir, also titled Twelve Years A Slave. Consider starting a book club with your friends and family and discuss Northup’s obstacles, triumphs, and why his story is still so relevant today.
And, finally, start planning for the 31st Annual Heritage Days Celebration on November 7th-9th at St. Helena Island, South Carolina. The celebration will feature food, entertainment, and art that highlight the Gullah/Geechee culture. The Heritage Days Celebration will showcase “African Drummers and Dancers, Gullah Storytellers and Re-Actors, Singers & Artisans, Gullah & Lowcountry Cuisine, the Gullah Roots Village, Fish Fry, Oyster Roast & the Blues, Artists & Authors Row” and more! Ticket prices range depending on individual events, but all-access passes are also available.