Palenque de San Basilio , or San Basilio Palenque, is located in the Bolívar Department, Caribbean Coast (50 kilometers from Cartagena), has about 3500 inhabitants, founded by slaves who escaped to find refuge in the Costa palenques in northern Colombia since the fifteenth century. The term gives definition to the place which is inhabited by Maroons and enslaved Africans during the colonial period. Thus these lands have meaning for its inhabitants something like a den and a trench, symbolizing the start point of cultural resistance that persists today.
N.C.C.U. were a disco-funk band who achieved their big break under the tutelage of North Carolina Central University visiting professor and trumpet star, Donald Byrd, who worked otherwise as a professor of jazz at Washington’s Howard University. Before helping to launch N.C.C.U.’s recording career, Byrd molded a group of Howard jazz students into the Blackbyrds of “Rock Creek Park” fame.
Uncle Lionel is the oldest man still marching the streets of any brass band in New Orleans. At the ripe age of 79, he has been playing the drums and marching in funeral processions and street parades since he was eight years old. Unbelievable! Uncle Lionel has been a member of the Treme Brass Band for over thirty years.
Hilton Head Native Islander Eddie Grant reflects on the encroaching development as he works the garden behind his mother’s home. New town homes are being built right up to her property line.
The Gullah/Geechee Coast extends for hundreds of miles between Cape Fear, N.C., and the St. Johns River in Florida. In 2004, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named the Gullah/Geechee Coast one of the 11 most endangered placed in the United States. “Unless something is done to halt the destruction, [the] Gullah/Geechee culture will be relegated to museums and history books, and our nation’s unique cultural mosaic will lose on of its richest and most colorful pieces,” states the National Trust Website.