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I SEE U, Episode 44: We Shall Not Be Moved

One of the last descendants of enslaved Africans who live along the coastal regions of Georgia says they have been fighting for years to preserve their unique culture, retain their indigenous traditions and prevent their precious land from being taken away from them

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Only a few descendants of West African slaves remain on a coastal Georgia portion of land called, Sapelo Island. In the early 1800s, ancestors of the Gullah Geechee community were brought to these barrier islands along the nation's southeast Atlantic coast to work on plantations. These slaves acquired land on the island – but decades later, that ownership is almost diminished. Many of the residents say they've been squeezed out due to deliberate tax hikes and gentrification of the area. Join host Eddie Robinson as I SEE U explores the African cultural heritage of the Gullah Geechee. We'll meet one of the descendants of the enslaved and a resident of Sapelo Island, Reginald Hall. What will it take for his people to hold on to their legacy? Hall tells I SEE U he's willing to die before anyone takes land away from him and his ancestors.

 

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Eddie Robinson

Eddie Robinson

Executive Producer & Host, I SEE U

A native of Mississippi, Eddie started his radio career as a 10th grader, working as a music jock for a 100,000-Watt (Pop) FM station and a Country AM station simultaneously. While Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus had nominated him for the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991, Eddie had an extreme passion...

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