Digital Equity and the Gullahs of the Sea Islands
Patricia Leigh, Iowa State University, United States ; J. Herman Blake, Medical University of South Carolina, United States ; Emily Moore, Scholars for Educational Exellence and Diversity, Inc., United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
In this paper presentation, the authors explore the history of the Gullah people of the Sea Islands of South Carolina. Oral storytelling is an integral aspect of African American traditions, therefore the authors will share several stories gathered during the research process and these stories will illuminate the histories of these unique Americans. In examining the history of oppression and isolation of Black Americans of Gullah descent, the authors look at how a history of racism and inequity set the stage for the digital inequities that Gullah communities have experienced since the onset of the information age. The presenters find that despite the Gullahs’ tenacious struggles for education and literary during enslavement, many were left behind in this age of digital technology.
Leigh, P., Blake, J.H. & Moore, E. (2009). Digital Equity and the Gullahs of the Sea Islands. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 696-700). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).