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‘People’s historian’ to speak in Kingsport

Submitted by Stella Robinette • Mar 14, 2019 at 4:09 PM

H.O.P.E. will host its annual Black History Month and Award program at 7 p.m., March 16, at the Kingsport Renaissance Center and the community is invited to join the celebration.

The featured speaker will be Amir Jamal Toure, J.D., a professor at Savannah State University in the African studies program who is affectionately known as “the people’s historian.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Toure is the son of the late Claude Lee, Jr., and Evelyn M. Lee, and his families have been in the lowcountry of Georgia and South Carolina since at least 1814. He is a graduate of Savannah State University (with dual degrees, cum laude) and the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.

Known as “the People’s Historian,” Toure is the resident scholar for Geechee Kunda, a cultural center and museum in Riceboro, Georgia, and is known as a Djeli (cultural historian) who shares the history of African people. He has also founded Day Clean: The African Soul and Day Clean Journeys, a unique tour company which focuses on African history, culture and empowerment.

He has performed for the Prime Minister of Haiti, the Liberian Ambassador to the United States, the Mayor of Savannah, the “enstoolment” of Queen Quet, the director of the Gambian National Museum, Danny Glover, and many others.

Pamela Thomas, editor of Pathfinders Travel Magazine, called his performance at an event in South Carolina one of the most memorable moments in all their years of publication. The BBC, local television affiliates, international and national print media have featured him regarding a a variety of topics involving history and culture.

He was appointed by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a Commissioner on the Gullah Geechee Culture Heritage Corridor Commission, and formerly served on the Wisdom Circle Council of Elders for the Gullah Geechee Nation representing Georgia on the council.

During the awards’ portion of the program, H.O.P.E. (Help Our Potential Evolve) will recognize individuals and organizations who have supported local youth and those who have gone beyond the call of duty for the community.

A reception will follow the program.

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