Some Low Country storytelling showed gave children the opportunity to learn the history of South Carolina Gullah people and their culture.
At Cesar Chavez Language Academy, first through third graders were enraptured by Anita Singleton-Prather, whose stage name is Aunt Pearlie Sue. She is a Gullah storyteller from Beaufort, South Carolina.
The young students and their teacher and principal dramatized a wedding in Gullah tradition, a re-enactment of how slaves married in the South by “jumping the broom.”
Singleton-Prather wove South Carolina’s slave culture history into song and dance, which delighted the children. One of their favorite activities was playacting, where boys asked girls to marry, and girls wagged their fingers and said “No, Johny, no.”
Originally a teacher, Singleton-Prather brought a message of love and diversity to the 120 students. “I challenge you to plant the seed of love everywhere you go,” she said. “And the world will be a better place for it.”