Nyam (sounds like “yam,” but begins with a soft “n” sound) is an African word meaning “to eat” or, more simply, “food.” Prof. Veronica Davis Gerald will speak on the contributions of African foodways to cooking in the South—perhaps the most important source of what characterizes our unique regional cuisine. In particular, she will address the contributions of the Gullah Geechee people, descendants of enslaved West Africans who created the rice kingdom of colonial America.
Veronica Davis Gerald, Assistant Professor of English at Coastal Carolina University and Director of its Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies, is a Gullah Geechee Heritage Commissioner and author of The Ultimate Gullah Cookbook. She was born in Mullins, SC, a descendant of African slaves brought to the Brookgreen and Longwood Rice Plantations in Georgetown County from the grain coast of West Africa in the 17th century. She was educated in the Horry County school system, at the University of Maryland and Atlanta and Emory Universities. Gerald has received numerous awards including the South Carolina Governor’s Award in Humanities, the Distinguished Teaching Award at Coastal Carolina University and the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award given by the South Carolina Arts Commission. She is considered a foremost scholar on Gullah history and culture and on the South Carolina Lowcountry. She is a much sought after lecturer and scholar appearing on C-Span, CNN and National Geographic.
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